University of California at Santa Barbara Employee Reviews in United States

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Graduate student at UCSB
Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CAJune 5, 2015
Worked in the materials department as a grad student. Work environment is mostly determined by your group culture rather than the school or department, but as it's a top national program, people are generally very smart and work hard and easy to get along with.
Pros
Lots of free food for students, studying in a beautiful place for your degree
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great place to work
Environmental Scientist (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CAAugust 10, 2015
worked in the environmental health and safety department at ucsb where I learned many different disciplines within the EH&S field. I liked working here except I didn't care for management.
Pros
benefits
Cons
management
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the no-stress express
Teachers Assistant (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CAJuly 21, 2014
It is almost impossible to get fired, so some people slack off. Most days are the same and there is no room for growth. The pay starts off good but then you realize you are in Santa Barbara, and paying for rent with that wage is unrealistic. Good coworkers though
Pros
no stress, can't get fired
Cons
pay isn't enough for santa barbara lifetsyle
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What makes UCSB a great place are the people.
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CAJanuary 28, 2013
Generally speaking the people the have chosen to work at UCSB are committed to supporting a dynamic undergraduate culture. Because there is a very small graduate school, the main focus is on university education and training. There aren't the enormous egos like you get at large, graduate-based universities. This makes it a great work and school environment
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Awsome Job
Event Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CAFebruary 11, 2015
Started here as a student worker and then was transferred to full time, had a great time working at this location with great opportunity for growth.
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Great benefits and potential for advancement
Undergraduate Advisor | Student Affairs Officer (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CAMarch 27, 2013
Great place to get your feet wet at a beautiful location. UCSB provides a very competitive and political working environment. As a somewhat established professional it was not worth the low pay and day to day nuances that come within the university setting. If you are someone coming from an outside institution the university setting may or may not be for you. A lot of employees are tenure or have been in their set ways for 5 plus years and are very prideful in what they do and not necessarily always open to new ideas. Be prepared to have a 'wait your turn' approach and be acknowledged for your experience and individual accolades within the university and not so much for the experience or ideas you may bring from prior working experience.
Pros
great health benefits
Cons
low salaries vs. cost of living
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Fun and demanding
President of Transfer Student Organization (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CANovember 25, 2014
You have to be willing to take on challenges. Most of the work is self directed. You are mentored but you have to be willing to learn on your own.
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Good employer, let down by a bad culture in one department
Scheduling Systems Manager (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CASeptember 26, 2012
The day was typically spent creating the schedule of classes, data entry and responding to enquiries from departments about room or time swaps.

I learnt that I'm quite good at the puzzle of making things fit (like sudoku) .

Generally speaking the management were stressed but ok. There were many fine people in my department but at its heart were a group of negative nay-sayers who were determined to mock, dissect and complain about everything. It really affected the morale and atmosphere.

The hardest part of the job was dealing with constant data entry. Staring at a screen for days at a time copying numbers from papers was awful. Due to budget cuts a decision was made not to fill an empty position but to split the work between my colleague and I. This increased the workload dramatically.

The most enjoyable part of the job was the location. It's a beautiful campus.
Pros
nice campus
Cons
lack of budget
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Grader for Advanced Linear Algebra Class
Grader (Former Employee) –  Goleta, CAFebruary 23, 2014
I was able to set my own hours as I was given weekly tasks to complete. I corrected the homework and gave students feedback dependent on their issues with the problem sets. I held office hours for additional help for the students.
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Graduate Assistantship in the Computer Science Department
Reader - Computer Science (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CASeptember 5, 2013
• Grading Position with CS24 - Advanced Concepts in Programming
• Handled Lab assignments, graded term papers for a 150 strong class
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Interesting work. good people
Senior Electronics Technician (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CAOctober 30, 2013
Worked on the FEL(free electron laser) with two three other techs,
Pros
very interesting work.
Cons
had to leave due to contract ending.
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Fun.
Graduate Student Researcher (Current Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CASeptember 13, 2013
Graduate school at UCSB provided a great atmosphere for collaboration throughout the Ph.D. In addition, Santa Barbara is a beautiful city to live in.
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Great learning experience
Lab Technician/Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CASeptember 14, 2014
Friendly work environment. Great networking. Beautiful location.
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Fun environment
Fitness Monitor (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CAJanuary 21, 2013
working at the housing department was always fun. It was great to work with other people who have the same values as I did.
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Top Research University
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CAOctober 11, 2013
UCSB has great researchers and a challenging academic environment.
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