Admissions Freshman Reviewer (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – February 23, 2017
Enjoyed the collaboration and encouraging environment from my colleagues. The culture of the institution embraces others differences, forward thinking and great with culture competency. Overall, enjoyable campus.
green campus, beautiful views, kind people, friendly environment, helpful population.
Project Manager (Former Employee) – Santa Cruz, CA – September 25, 2016
While I liked the work, the fact that I did not meet my direct report until 6 months in to the work, was a little disconcerting. There was little to no training. The company has since been sold or changed ownership a few times.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Santa Cruz, CA – May 6, 2016
UC Santa Cruz is well known for its research and has a great faculty who encourage students to involve in research and graduate school. Opportunities for funding and plenty of grants are available for the students.
Teaching Assistant (TA) (Former Employee) – Santa Cruz, CA – August 20, 2015
It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to provide knowledge to my peers, especially because it was a subject I love (economics). I learned how to effectively communicate material to others who do not know the material that well, and I was afforded the freedom to design and implement the lesson plan as I saw fit. Although I found it difficult at time, the job forced me to think cleverly about how to distill complex principles into more simple, elementary terms.
Sense of importance, Sense of freedom, Sense of control
PRINCIPAL DATA TECHNICIAN (Former Employee) – Santa Cruz, CA – August 9, 2015
I had 14 year career at ucsc. It is a good place to work. I was a lead technician. Our team upgraded existing end of life networks and created cutting edge communications for over 3000 sites around the campus.
Great place to work, exciting projects, good compensation and benefits.
Associate Building Inspector (Former Employee) – Santa Cruz, CA – June 13, 2015
Enjoyed my employment at UCSC, but found it too far from my home in Vallejo to commute, and gasoline went to $5.00/gallon. Also found the surrounding area extremely expensive to relocate to. Great co-workers, very appreciative of my years of experience in so many areas of the electrical industry.
This University is a the forefront of new technology, research, development.
Community Safety Program Coordinator (Former Employee) – Santa Cruz, CA – June 1, 2015
Senior Management is great, but upper management consists mostly of over-promoted people with the cronies they promoted. This layer of management is unneeded. The exceptions are the openly-recruited AVCs/Directors from a diverse hiring committee. Unfortunately, most hiring committees are filled with like-minded people looking to promote their friends. The people hired in this manner often lack the skills needed to perform their jobs well and as a result make arbitrary rules, often hamper lines of communication, micro-manage where there is no need, and cannot properly assess the needs of the department. This is not true of all departments, but not all former RAs make good business managers and people with degrees in Residence Life maybe lack the experience and perspective of those who have worked in corporate America regarding goals and deliverables. There are also many cliques on campus within the professional staff that are not healthy. UCSC could be a great place to work if they required all management not hired through an open recruitment to go through a fair hiring process with an independent hiring committee.
Great environment, generally great people, beautiful campus.
Some iffy directors and AVCs, lower than market pay for an expensive place to live.
Lead Hardware Engineer and Systems Programmer (Current Employee) – Santa Cruz, CA – June 26, 2014
In a typical day I met with team members to discuss the days tasks, where we in the project phase and where we needed to be. I learned to develop software that was capable of interfacing with sensory hardware, web servers, database, and user interface. Through this job I learned how to manage a team with varying skill sets. The hardest part of this job was developing the algorithms that provided the sensory reading at the maximum speed possible with the hardware we had. The most enjoyable part of this job was seeing the final product work better than expected.
relaxing place to work in, not too busy, only busy during busy quarters
Mailroom Assistant Scheduling Manager (Former Employee) – Santa Cruz, CA – June 23, 2014
• Scheduled a work schedule for the staff • Scheduled all staff meetings • Attended biweekly meetings with the supervisor • Logged in packages into the database on FileMaker Pro • Sorted out package slips and letters into mailboxes • Handed out packages to students living in the dorms • Returned unclaimed and unknown packages/mail to the sender
Senior Facilities Assistant (Former Employee) – Santa Cruz, CA – August 31, 2013
I worked in several departments on campus as a student and had great experiences in each. If you are a student and need a job I highly suggest working on campus, they are flexible with your schedule and its easy to go from work to class.