Research Administrator 3 (Current Employee) – La Jolla, CA – January 2, 2019
Overall UCSD is a decent place to work for with a very good benefit packages. However, on the departments level-it's not very good-too many managers with conflicted personal agendas to make a different.
Low salary for all, too much politics and restriction for promotions.
1) Due to good benefits 2) People don't leave even when they hate their jobs 3) Low level customer services
good benefits, salary restrictions, no promotions, hard to fired bad employees
Relaxing yet productive workplace with diverse individuals
Accounts Payable Student IV - Student Lead (Current Employee) – La Jolla, CA – November 25, 2018
I loved working in the UCSD Bookstore Accounts Payable! A typical work week is structured: data entry, check run, finalizing checks and office administrative support. I learned a great amount of account principles and procedures from a non-accounting background or field of study experience. The management was very helpful and push for the best potential they can get from you. The workplace culture is very diverse and very relaxed, but still provides a driving environment. The hardest part of the job was not being able to work full-time as a student. The most enjoyable part of the job was quickly moving up in the company within less than six months of being hired. The amount of work you put in will definitely be recognized.
Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – September 18, 2018
Academia is academia. I don't think it has to do with any particular place. As a postdoc, you are expected to work 50 hours a week BARE MINIMUM for a salary that's not amazing. After hearing on NPR that a construction worker in Denver, with 0 experience and no degree whatsoever makes about 15$ an hour, I got curious and I calculated how much I'm making per hour. Well, it's about 20$. With a PhD and 3+ year of postdoctoral training. You don't work in science for the money they tell you. Then you read a recent study showing that only about 2% of postdoc actually have the chance of becoming a professor. So you don't do science for your career too apparently. Theoretically academia gives you a lot of "flexibility", but this flexibility has to deal with the fact that you spend 50-60 h per week at work and you're not really supposed to take days off.
Dining Systems Analyst (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – October 12, 2018
I worked at UC San Diego for nearly 16 years. During that time I advanced my career and had wonderful support of my coworkers and supervisors. The benefits are wonderful and they support a work life balance. Having a daughter, this was very important to me.
Development Assistant (Current Employee) – La Jolla, CA – October 25, 2018
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Development office is a great place to work. I start my day at 7:30am and work with an office of 11 supporting 4-5 frontline fundraisers. My supervisor is supportive of my work and frequently gives me challenging projects to work on. The hardest part of the job is being only one person and being the office manager sometimes there is not enough me to go around. The most enjoyable parts of my job are: working on the ocean and the people I work with.
Programmer Analyst (Current Employee) – La Jolla, CA – December 13, 2018
Information Technology has a few new managers who rule by fear and intimidation. Nobody cares about the excessive attrition. I heard that just about one entire department complained to HR, and since the manager wasn't breaking any laws, HR couldn't do anything. It is a sweat shop. Long hours, no breaks, lots of off-hours: middle of the night and weekend work. Pay is less than private industry for the same level of work. People don't want to help each other. A lot of people want to keep things like "how-to's" to themselves, and let everyone else flounder. If you work on the new attractive technology then you are golden, but not everyone gets the plumb assignments. You'd think they'd get a clue that people are dropping like flies, yet management doesn't even get consultants to fill in. The workload keeps increasing, with less people to do the work. It feels like being set up to fail. Management are idiots. They make us track our time in THREE different places at detailed levels. They recently hired a new CIO who brought all his buddies from a midwestern university (where they have the Kentucky Derby) and they are all taking huge salaries, while all the people doing the work are getting squat.
Community Health Specialist (Former Employee) – La Jolla, CA – July 5, 2018
This was a great place to learn an abundance about the field. I met plenty of exceptional upper level people. I got to learn about research and many other topics. The only downfall was that there could be at times, a lack of knowing what the program expectations are (esp considering some positions are grant based and they have specific requirements). The environment is very calm and the fast vs slow pace varies by seasons (due dates etc). The benefits are really great. The commute to La Jolla, however was horrific and expensive. The traffic can be up to 2-3 hours one way on all freeways. I was putting gas at least twice a week, had to purchase tires as well and change the brakes. Oh, and you need a parking permit which is pretty expensive.
staff appreciation events, free learning meetings, webinars, role models
commute, parking cost, traffic, lack of raise, low pay
Clinical Research Coordinator (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – June 13, 2018
The hardest part of working for UCSD is that salary raises are non-existent. Most salaries are paid by research grants, and PI's would rather use any surplus of cash to supplement other research that lack funding; rather than raising the study teams pay. Every PI is different so takes this review with a grain of salt. However, from talking with other research coordinators, I have found that pay raises are few and far between. I had a BS in biological sciences and making $30,000/ year for three years before I left
Great Benefits/ health insurance
Pay raise is based on grant money, so expect no raises. PI's would rather have more money for research than improve employee's pay
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – July 10, 2018
Compensation with health and dental and tuition remission makes this a great job while getting your Masters. I wish other TAs would take this seriously as the people that actually care about the students learning have to make up for their laziness/inadequacy. Other than that its a pretty decent job, especially in the math department as you have access to printing and all the small office supplies that you could need.
Good teachers, good benefits, rarely exceed 12 hrs a week
May not get the same percentage each quarter as spots are competitive
Shuttles Driver (Former Employee) – La Jolla, CA – October 10, 2018
UCSD Shuttles is a fun place to work for any undergraduates. Great work culture of supportive full-time and part-time drivers. best job for flexible time with future benefits of having a class-b license.
Staff Nurse, CN II (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – November 11, 2018
An excellent teaching hospital. However, management and leadership do not follow their own set mission and values in the way staff is treated. Physicians are allowed to behave badly. There is no consistency, they will tell you to do this but then don't back you up when you follow the rules and try to enforce them with physicians and other staff. An enormous Filipino influence and obvious favoritism. My co-workers are the best part of the job but we all feel helpless to facilitate change.
no tuition assistance and terrible upper management leadership
Learning and Career Growth Opportunity is Abundant
Staff Research Associate (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – May 30, 2018
A typical day at UCSD depends on the Principal Investigator. I learned many lab techniques and management skills. The management is helpful and kind, (depending on your PI.) The workplace culture is diverse and supportive. The hardest part of the job is to be unintimidated by all the well- educated colleagues. The most enjoyable part of the job is the freedom and independence in how you manage your time.
forefront basic research; and the accessible libraries
pay is far from competitive and does not reward education for staff research associates
Staff Research Associate II (Current Employee) – La Jolla, CA – April 4, 2018
It's very hard to find opportunities for advancement, and pay raises or promotions are very hard to come by. Research positions must be represented by a union which I've found to hinder opportunities for pay-raises due to the constant disputes and non-existing contract between the union and the university. Management lacks proper training and the ability to deal with certain situations involving the well-being and mental health of employees.
Inexperienced management, difficulty to be promoted
Senior Development Engineer (Former Employee) – La Jolla, CA – March 6, 2018
Awesome place to work. Great location (near the beach). Great Benefits. Flexible hours. Can find experts in the field all over the place. Great Work/Life Balance.
On the other hand - If you are staff then forget about getting paid a decent salary. Forget about advancement (no one leaves). Collaboration outside of your group is minimal! Groups are always hurting for money and will not share time/people/resources. Some of the professors are arrogant and will belittle you for no reason (thinking your job is easy/simple compared to theirs).
The end product is always a published paper. All the grief, pain, time, and energy is spent to produce a 3-6 page paper that will be published in an obscure journal.
Some projects are slow as molasses. Months before money is allocated for equipment/work.
If you are young - this is NOT the place to be. You cannot live in San Diego with the amount they will pay you. Forget about buying a house - it is impossible.
Customer Service (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – August 9, 2018
Working through a temp agency, I took a position as a Customer Service Rep where I was able to get a full time position at UCSD
UCSD is a great place to work. I find that the environment is always up beat and friendly. Management is always educating us on the changes in this industry making sure that we have all the tools needed to be efficient in our jobs.
Being on the phone all day may not work for everyone. I sometimes get yelled at. I like that I get to speak with our patients and educate them on how the insurance processed their claims or assist them with taking payments. I also love when I find an error and can send the claims back for reprocessing - making the patients day.
I think the hardest part of my job is when I have to speak with a deceased patients family member.