Highly depends on which department you're in
Tech (Current Employee) – Long Beach, CA – June 1, 2016
I can only speak for my department, but it's a relatively relaxed environment most of the time. In fact, there are times when it's TOO slow. That said, we still have to show up for 8 hours a day. This is one example of how old-school and stodgy the University functions from a work-practice perspective.
It's near-impossible to fire you after a year, which explains why a lot of incompetent people have been retained. However, there are a lot of truly good and competent people here, so I don't wish to bash everyone.
Not a great job if you're looking for upward mobility, fancy promotions, or especially bonuses/increases in pay, but they pay a decent amount and your hours will most likely not be bad.
Generally low-stress, FANTASTIC benefits, hours are good, casual dress (in my department)
Highly bureaucratic, almost no upward mobility, work can be very slow