California dreamin' is fine, but once you wake up...
Broadcast Director, University Communications (Former Employee) – Irvine, CA – May 15, 2012
Cali is in big trouble financially, and so is the U of C system...my f/t job with them went down the tubes in 2008, when they had to make severe cuts to all of their programs. CA is an "at large" work state, so you can be fired if your shoes aren't groovy enough. Try finding an affordable home, even in a down economy. But don't expect any help from them to find one. Culture? Like to shop? That's the culture. Values? Life behind the Orange Curtain is very...red...crowded, polluted...a shame such a nice place has been so trashed. The sunshine was fabulous, but not the kind they shine up your rear when you interview. Benefits seem great, until you try to actually find a doctor willing to accept you as a patient. I worked directly for an "Assistant Vice Chancellor," (whatever that means) who didn't have much of a clue regarding management, outside of inventing the idea of a "panic phrase" we were all supposed to use if a "weirdo" found his way into our department..."banana pancakes" was the chosen phrase...fitting, as our department seemed more like a zoo most of the time...be sure to ask a lot of questions when you go for an interview...especially about job security...you may have to define what that means for them...
nice big body of water just to the west, great weather, sunsets, surfing
dirty, crowded, expensive place to live, especially on the meager salaries offered, work for them while you're young, and you don't mind living in a closet