Exit Survey

UC Davis conducts exit surveys of all staff who leave UC Davis or UC Davis Health

Beginning in August 2020, Human Resources will implement exit surveys of staff employees separating from employment at UC Davis and UC Davis Health. UC Davis exit surveys will remain completely confidential and will be administered by a third party, Gartner.

Academics and student employees will NOT be surveyed.

We want to learn more about why staff leave, their experience while here, and would they consider returning. By surveying departing employees across the Davis campus and UC Davis Health, the university will be provided valuable data at a university-wide level. 

Driving positive change
To further our workplace excellence and advance a culture that values the contributions and aspirations of all staff, information provided by employees into the Departure View exit survey platform will be acted upon to improve our workplace.

Questions or Support

Please email exitsurveys@ucdavis.edu 


  • Who is administering the exit survey?
  • Gartner administers this survey, known as “Departure View”. Gartner administers the survey at other UC locations and hundreds of organizations across the country. Participants are guaranteed full confidentiality and data security.

    Human Resources will invite separating employees to participate in the survey via email, with a link to the exit survey maintained by Gartner. That email will be sent from exitsurveys@ucdavis.edu.

    Plans are underway to automate this process in the future.

  • Will we complete exit surveys with involuntarily separated staff?
  • Yes, employees who involuntarily separate from employment will have the opportunity to complete the exit survey. They will receive an invitation via email with a link to the exit survey after they have separated from employment.

  • Who will receive an exit survey?
  • All staff employees are invited to complete an exit survey when separating from employment. Staff who provide the standard two-week notice to their supervisor, will receive an email invitation with a link to the exit survey approximately ten days before their last day of employment. Those NOT receiving the survey include academics and student employees.

  • How will exit survey results be made available?
  • To promote workplace excellence, information from the exit survey will be shared on a regular basis, likely on a quarterly basis, so that data-driven improvements can be implemented across the Davis campus and Health. Central HR will receive reports from Gartner, after a sufficient number of responses are received to ensure confidentiality. Central HR will share aggregate data to reveal areas of opportunity and best practices along with trends over time. In addition to schools, colleges and divisions, Human Resources plans to partner with various groups in this effort, such as the HR Advisory Committee and partners across UC Davis (e.g., Staff Assembly, SDAAC, etc.).

    If an issue is reported that requires follow-up or investigation, HR will involve the appropriate department.

  • Will departments/colleges get to see their data/reports?
  • Yes. The information will only be provided to departments/colleges after a minimum number of responses are received, to preserve the confidentiality of the respondents. 

    Below is a sample dashboard indicating the 
    trend for the Top 5 Characteristics That Dissatisfied Employees.

    dashboard showing what dissatisfied employees most.
  • My department already does exit surveys, can we continue?
  • Yes. The intent is to supplement existing exit interviews or surveys. It is designed to provide a more holistic set of data and institutional insights across the Davis campus and Health.