UCLA Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
561 Reviews
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561 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours (in 21 reviews)

  • Casual work environment with high expectations (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Income for graduate student can be unstable, depending on how well your PI manage to get funding (in 19 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice research environment at UCLA!

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice research environment, good faculties, research staffs, and many opportunities for collaboration with other universities and research institute, benefits are good, vacation days are long.

    Cons

    Salary is now low literally, but living expenses around UCLA is so high!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    My experience has been great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Flexible for college students with work study

    Cons

    Balancing work school life could get challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job

  3.  

    Great people that are more than happy to help you

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    salary, flexible, location is great- right next to Bel Air

    Cons

    Westwood traffic, some people are difficult to communicate with

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing school, couldn't of asked for anything better

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA part-time

    Pros

    Professional environment, bruinbear mascot, best college food

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons at all

  6.  

    great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    Everyone is helpful and when you are new they are always willing to teach you the procedures for certain jobs.

    Cons

    The patients tend to be very needy and difficult and willingly file complaints against the administrative assistants. This makes working there a lot more difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great scientific environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at UCLA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Weather is fantastic, its West LA. Scientific interaction is also good.

    Cons

    All the same as working in any large corporation: bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    UCLA great and collegial place to work

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    Current Employee - Public Administration Analyst in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Public Administration Analyst in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule; commuter job; very good balance of work and life priorities; every department is different so speaking with employees (past/present) in that particular department is advised. My office is less political than many other departments.

    Cons

    HR gets confused a lot as would any large company. Could be political depending on situation/department (i.e Academia.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More staff trainings and group activities to foster growth and promote loyalty/sense of belonging, esp with new staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Teacher in East Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in East Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn a lot and great training. The staff is wonderful and the children are cared for in a loving, nurturing, educational environment.

    Cons

    I have no cons for the job. I love working with children and helping them learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. The work environment is very very good.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Sr. Public Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    great flexibility, good time off policies, good work life balance,

    Cons

    not great pay, barely any raises or opportunities for salary increases

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very positive - excellent manager in Backbone Network Services

    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    A lot of latitude in the direction of work. No office politics and an emphasis on getting the work done. Great crew in network engineering and operations. Some other groups were overly protective of their jobs.

    Cons

    Pay not that great, but the benefits were very good. Training needs to be done on your own initiative and there's very little support for training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To upper mgmt - don't nickel and dime your staff. It lowers morale. Show some appreciation in terms of actual support rather than just mouthing words.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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