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University of California

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University of California Reviews

Updated 15 March 2015
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University of California President Janet Napolitano
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Pros
  • amazing location, friendly staff, diverse opportunities, good benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work with many smart people and to make a difference in California; great benefits including a pension (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, relative to market levels (in 4 reviews)

  • Parking sucks and it costs an arm and a leg and despite increasing student fees there always seems to be budget cuts around every corner (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Family oriented

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Food Service Worker in La Jolla, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Food Service Worker in La Jolla, CA (US)

    I have been working at University of California

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, holidays off, health insurance

    Cons

    None I love working at ucsd

    Advice to Management

    None

  2. Well established and efficient government organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA (US)

    I worked at University of California

    Pros

    A lot of job stability and efficient management

    Cons

    Working for government institution means there is a lot of paperwork and procedures that may seem unnecessary.

  3. It was a great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There was a lot of flexibility.

    Cons

    There were not enough work hours.

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  5. Good Experience -- terrible for long term growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at University of California full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You are able to build a strong career network if you do not burn any bridges since employees have a tendency of staying at UC for an incredibly long time due to the pension. If you have the right management team, your growth will be fostered, but ultimately, you will hit a wall in due to UC job politics.

    Cons

    Working with people who have worked at UC for 15+ years, which can be good or bad since some of these employees stop caring about the quality of their work. Promotions and bonuses don't exist for staff and the school does not try to be competitive with staff salaries. Therefore, either you are working at the university because you truly love it or you are just working there because you know it is a steady paycheck. It is very hard to get fired even for incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    Really management should try to a better job in the hiring process. It all boils down to knowing someone and if you are incompetent and know the right people, you will definitely land the job regardless of your skill set. The university has a habit of hiring people out of retirement who lack the necessary skill set to effectively contribute to the overall goals of the university.

  6. Great!

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California

    Pros

    Funding opportunities like TAships and RAships.

    Cons

    Located in a small town in Central Valley, CA.

  7. Great Work life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, medical, dental, vacation time.....

    Cons

    Very disorganized with decision making

  8. Worker Bee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Oakland, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Oakland, CA (US)

    I have been working at University of California full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job is not stressful. Easy to leave work at work. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    UC is the definition of bureaucracy. Promotions are made based on who you know or who you want to influence, not merit. Salary increases are tied to inflation, although the cost of benefits is increasing faster, resulting in a net decrease. Annual reviews are a joke and are not tied to metrics, goals, or salary increases.

    Advice to Management

    Run the organization like a business. Get rid of dead wood, streamline the organization, provide bonuses to the rank and file, and tie increases to goals and value added to the organization.

  9. Director and COO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Museum Director in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Museum Director in Sacramento, CA (US)

    I worked at University of California full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great experience working with other State Agencies at the Secretary and Deputy Secretary levels along with members of the Legislature on budgets and audits.

    Cons

    In this position, the Director worked for two bosses and often became leveraged to show each others power. This resulted in an state agency filing suit to prove command and control. In the end, the people of California lost.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you believe to be the right thing and treat people as you wish to be treated.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Culture Not Inclusive for Everyone

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Twenty year veteran has observed the good fortune of those accepted into the cultural experience receive excellent opportunities to experience regular increases in compensation; routinely receive On-The-Job training and development opportunities for management roles despite deficiencies in required/preferred educational and skills background and endless personal growth opportunities. Management personnel state their philosophy as "The Cream Will Rise to the Top."

    Cons

    Was not aware that employment policies, practices and earned benefits relevant to all employees would be disparately applied or unilaterally revoked without cause to those employees who are suddenly determined not to be "a cultural fit." As a normal course of business, Administrative Review processes concerning inequities in application are ignored because of Regental Autonomy.

    Advice to Management

    Public pronouncements of a diverse and inclusive environment is simply propaganda without accountability. When presented with factual data, management should make a serious effort to investigate and self-correct without requiring litigation where you often do not prevail.

  11. Good organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President in Sacramento, CA (US)

    I worked at University of California full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Retirement, culture, staff, professional development

    Cons

    staff, culture, work life balance,

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