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UCLA Reviews

Updated 22 April 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours (in 23 reviews)

  • Casual work environment with high expectations (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • Income for graduate student can be unstable, depending on how well your PI manage to get funding (in 20 reviews)

  • Budget cuts and draconian restructuring methods on the horizon are only making these problems worse (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work in education

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting place work in education

    Cons

    Hard Work work in education

    Advice to Management

    Well done work in education

  2. Ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Team, location and holidays are great

    Cons

    Infrastructure and management is outdated

  3. Team Leader / CPT-111

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Westwood, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Westwood, CA (US)

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best place to work .

    Cons

    unfortunately Rascism is there .

    Advice to Management

    take a survey with the employees , You will find out .

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  5. A good place to work but it is expensive to live in Westwood

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Westwood, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Westwood, CA (US)

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly staff and good collaborative environment

    Cons

    Paperwork to get done can be slow at times

  6. Student

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to be a student here since I am able to broaden my horizon with other students who have great visions.

    Cons

    The competition is pretty intense. Also sometimes the workload is huge. Some professors are not concerned with their students.

    Advice to Management

    Students should have more chances to do individual projects or researches. Meanwhile there should be more programs aims at preparing for professional life.

  7. Great!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, wonderful professors

    Cons

    Could be bad if you are stuck with a tough professor

  8. scientist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    good environment, good weather, nice people

    Cons

    academic, pay low, pressure high

  9. RESEARCHER"S in the Education & Information Studies Department.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Staff Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Staff Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at UCLA as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for studying. Lovely campus. Library access free.

    Cons

    They are charging per semester.

    Advice to Management

    cancel, or waive the fee.

  10. RA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for studying and research. Good life-work balance

    Cons

    Chance for industry experience is limited

    Advice to Management

    More career development service for student and post-doc

  11. Programmer/Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Like all campuses, UCLA offers a relaxed working environment, and if you are interested in a non-commodity technology, you might be able to create an opportunity to use the technology of interests.

    Cons

    The pay is low compared to similar positions outside of the university. The bureaucracy can be difficult to navigate. The university required several, annoying online training sessions on the requirements of the government position or policies on sexual harassment. Finally, many, many positions are understaffed, and you can find yourself being asked to do unrealistic projects because the university tends show a bias toward hardware and to cut corners on funding staff.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot do much about the required training sessions, but I would certainly makes sure that managers use reasonable estimates of man hours required to complete SE projects and plan staffing accordingly. Management needs to remember that at a low-paying university job, unless the employee has a special interest in a project's technology, you cannot expect the employee to put in more than 40 hours per week.

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