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Workplace Culture has Changed
Tax Compliance Analyst 3 (Current Employee) –  Oakland, CASeptember 17, 2018
The University of California used to be one of the best places to work but over the past 10 or so years, the culture has changed and the opportunities to advance have become limited. Salaries are low compared to other organizations.
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Department/division and management style differences.
Operations Manager - MSO/Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Irvine, CASeptember 13, 2018
It is hard to answer these questions as each department/division's priorities vary, as well as management style. Some offer a lot of autonomy and input. Other's have tight control.
Pros
Energy from students, great benefits.
Cons
Lack of decision making.
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Good place to work
Online Eucation Assistant (Former Employee) –  Davis, CASeptember 12, 2018
It was nice fun and relaxed. People were very understanding and considerate. Very lovely place to worked there were often events put on for the workers! Overall, very nice
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Big Bureaucracy
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CASeptember 12, 2018
It is a state school where all the departments compete with each other for resources. There are many rules and regulations that don't always make sense.
Pros
Tuition Reimbursement
Cons
Bureaucratic
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Regulated environment
PeopleSoft System Administrator (Former Employee) –  Oakland, CASeptember 6, 2018
Projects are managed by departments in many locations resulting in matrixed management and numerous procedures which can result in delays.
Support personnel distributed in various locations.
Pros
Close to BART
Cons
Micro-management
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Great place to be.
Project Engineer (Current Employee) –  Irvine, CASeptember 5, 2018
I learned a lot during my studies as a master student and then as a project engineer. It has a very educational environment with great programs and people.
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Everything was swell
Tutor (Former Employee) –  Davis, CASeptember 5, 2018
This was an amazing opportunity. It was a great job and an absolutely fantastic work environment. Everyone was relaxed yet hardworking. If I still lived in the area, I would continue to work here.
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UCSB is an excellent work environment
IT Manager (Former Employee) –  Santa Barbara, CASeptember 5, 2018
The campus is great with miles of beaches. On Campus. Seriously. Eat your lunch at the beach every day. Students surf between classes. The campus is goal-focused and attracts a high quality of student. You are encouraged to grow in your job and continue learning.
Pros
Job security and growth.
Cons
Santa Barbara is a bit isolated from the rest of the state.
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Solid future
Platform Cook (Current Employee) –  Davis, CASeptember 3, 2018
Great job, but with mandated retirement contribution, parking fees and union dues...lots of money is withheld on pay day. Yet I'm lucky to have my job here.

Not much creativity, but the benefits out weigh the cons of the job.
Pros
Free meals, CHEAP insurance, Pto, holidays off, set schedule
Cons
Expured union contract, no raises.
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University of California, the largest University ins the world, with 10 campuses, 5 medical Centres
Biomedical Science Research Administrator, Tobacco (Former Employee) –  Oakland, CA 94612August 31, 2018
The University of California, with 10 campuses, 5 medical centres and 2 national labs, is the world's largest University System. Most campuses, including the Office of the President have relaxed but competitive, collaborative and efficient workplace enviornment. Individual are personally driven for success. The hard part can be the occasional and un-necessary red tape that one may have to face.
Pros
A great place to work and for higher studies.
Cons
Federal funding is becoming scarce that negatively impacts the quality of research.
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Good
LABORATORY TECHNICIAN (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAAugust 30, 2018
The company culture is fantastic, everyone is welcome. The management is also wonderful, no micromanaging, etc. Learning on the job is an everyday occurrence which keeps things new and exciting.
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Great place to have a career.
Culinary Manager / Catering Chef (Current Employee) –  Riverside, CAAugust 28, 2018
The UC system and espeacially UCR is a good place to begin a career and retire at the end of that career.

I have learned that team work is the key to be succesful as a whole, and that being a constant professional is highly valued no matter the situation.

People come and go everyday, but I have had the pleasure of working w/ managers and directors that truly care not only about the end result on paper , but that care about your well being as person and that means a lot in todays world.

The hardest part about the job is at times not having enough time in the day to complete something, but then again that is what tomorrow is for.
Pros
The ability to create and then see the client enjoy your creations.
Cons
More often than not taking work home. Not enough time in the day.
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It was grad school
Teaching/Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Davis, CAAugust 23, 2018
What can I say? It was grad school, I learned lots, worked long hours for little pay. Some profs are great others not so much. Very big egos among the profs.
Pros
seminar
Cons
seminar
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Good chance to learn a lot of things
TEACHING ASSISTANT (Former Employee) –  Riverside, CAAugust 20, 2018
For me, this job training me not only how to solve the problems related to students but also improving my timing arrangement and how to organize things in the best way.
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A friendly and productive people to work with
Research Assistant II (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAAugust 19, 2018
University of California ANR is a great place to work at. The people are very helpful, efficient and friendly. They are very prompt to the workers requests and they care about the worker's welfare.
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Top-notch research university
Assistant Professor (Former Employee) –  Irvine, CAAugust 16, 2018
UC Irvine is one of the top public research universities in the world. Machine learning and software engineering departments are the best of the best.
Pros
Flexible work hours.
Cons
Far from Silicon Valley and talent pools.
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Graduate School
Graduate Student (Current Employee) –  Berkeley, CAAugust 14, 2018
Graduate school program is difficult but will be difficult no matter where you go. Proximity to other state of the art institutions a plus. Facilities suck.
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Great place to work while in school
ACADEMIC LIASON (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAAugust 13, 2018
I worked here while I was in school and it was perfect. They helped me manage my schedule and worked around my school hours. Hours were flexible and the pay was fair for a part time job
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small lab, Isolated, lots of work
Data Analyst (Former Employee) –  Davis, CAAugust 12, 2018
The university provides a lots of workshops to help employees improve their skills and get control on their career path.
The interview process and work load is varied in different labs and departments.
Pros
Having a PI
Cons
the salary is low.
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What I learned
Financial Representative (Former Employee) –  Riverside, CAAugust 9, 2018
I was able to understand the financial responsibility and difficult decisions of what to fund and how to provide a equal amount of financial resources.
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