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UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2014
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3.5 318 reviews

56% Approve of the CEO

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Samuel Hawgood

(9 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and a pension if you stay for your entire career(in 30 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is very important in some departments(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be difficult as one would expect for a clinical fellow(in 8 reviews)

  • Employees consistently work long hours, and turn-over is extremely high (especially in centralized areas)(in 10 reviews)

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    Very disapointing

    Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits & great direct supervisor

    ConsAwful place, nothing works properly and it is VERY dirty

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent benefits and reasonable pay. Collegial environment poor. Communication very poor.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent benefits and reasonable pay

    ConsCollegial environment poor. Communication very poor. Dearth of physical resources due to financial hardship.

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

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    Working at UCSF has been educational in the multifaceted problems associated with bureaucracy.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsUCSF offers extensive benefit packages for anyone working over 50% time. Also, being part of a large internationally recognized organization is something to be proud of.

    ConsBeing part of a large old educational system, that is rapidly bleeding money, creates a dismal work environment. Moral is low even among the staff who have dedicated over 20 years to this organization. Technology is so outdated -- who still uses 7 layer carbon copy paper?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    don't expect many promotions here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHighly intelligent coworkers and decent resources available.

    ConsInstitutionalized glass-ceiling and a lack of appreciation of the staff. Demoralizing environment. I see a lot of people here just "paying the rent".

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to appreciate your underpaid staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    World class research, but post-docs are treated badly, like everywhere else

    Postdoctoral Scholar (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent quality of research
    Top scientists
    One of the top public universities in the country
    Opportunities for collaborative research
    Several campuses

    ConsPost-docs are poorly paid
    Very little room for advancement of post-docs (true not only of UCSF, but most academic institutions)
    Post-docs get no paid time off (supposed to be 2 weeks off a year, but was informed that post-docs do not accrue vacation time)
    No pensions

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your post-docs better!
    Job prospects for Ph.D. graduates are extremely limited, so please, please, please lower the number of graduate students you take on! There is nowhere for them to go after they graduate. They will be stuck in dead-end post-docs for at least 6 years after graduations.
    Do not use grad. students and post-docs as cheap labor.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    U Can Stay Forever

    Administrative Assistant III - Research (Current Employee)

    ProsI find my job and the work I do very satisfying. I have learned so much working at an amazing hospital/campus that houses ground-breaking research and exceptional patient care. I am inspired each day.
    UCSF is rated the second-best academic work setting in the country, according to a 2009 survey conducted by The Scientist magazine. I really enjoy working with my fellow colleagues, not only because they are geniuses, but because they have great personalities. They are both professional and very relaxed. Everyone has a great sense of humor. These are some the qualities that contribute to the intellectually stimulating and laid back atmosphere that I love so much.

    ConsI have both lost and gained a lot of confidence and respect for myself while working at UCSF. I am proud of what I've learned and accomplished (confidence boost). However, as noted by several fellow employees, I feel that UCSF does not reward hard work. It's even begun to negatively affect my self-esteem.
    I've received stellar performance reviews, but not a single raise. It seems like it doesn't matter that I'm doing exceptional work. My boss says I should get a raise, but apparently, her word means nothing to whoever makes this decision. Neither of us understand how the system works, and HR is more than happy to keep us in the dark. In fact, HR has been more of an obstacle than a resource. It's a bit disheartening. I have heard the same complaints from my friends--all of whom are incredibly bright, well-educated, and hardworking. On the flip side, some of my co-workers are either lazy or brainless, but they make more than me based on how many years they've had the job. I have no intention of leaving, I really do love my job. I'm just not sure I love my employer.
    Also, there is too much job security. Once someone has maintained a position at UCSF for 6 months, they've earned "career employee" status. This means it is near impossible to get fired here, unless you punch someone in the face. This makes it safe for employees to perform poorly without any consequences. Perhaps this is the reason why UCSF was nicknamed "U Can Stay Forever."

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease seize this poor economy as an opportunity to make positive changes to employee retention policies. What do they get paid to do anyway? They are the factor that sets UCSF back from being the perfect place to work. They make no effort to retain their best employees. You need to fairly compensate employees. Across the board low merit raises don't help with improving performance or morale. Raises need to be based more heavily on job performance and feedback from supervisors. HR needs make a genuine effort and and work more efficiently to process promotions, rather than making employees and supervisors jump through so many hoops.
    Also, please rethink job security by firing incompetent staff. UCSF should be able terminate any employee with a poor performance record.

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    Prusiner Lab Environment

    Post Doctoral Fellow (Current Employee)

    ProsThe facility is world class, if you are self motivated and have good ideas you can make the most of the opportunity.

    ConsThere is zero mentorship. The adjunct professors in the lab are in direct competition with the postdocs for Stans attention. This has lead to several postdocs loosing there publications to the "mentoring" adjunct professors after the research had been finished.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe adjunct faculty need to have the opportunity to act as corresponding author for projects on which they were involved as advisors. This would negate the competition between postdoc (who does the experiment) and the adjunct faculty (who talks to Stan about the project).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Little of this, little of that

    Programmer/Analyst III (Former Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are adequate. The vacation and holidays are above average. The people are laid back and somewhat relaxed. Overall, not too bad.

    ConsOf all the years I have spent here, I have not seen anyone get promoted within my department. Kiss ups are preferred over hard workers and skill.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMiddle management seems hell bent on hiring from the outside instead of promoting within. Over half of the staff at various levels and positions within my department quit for this reason. Management seems to prefer to hire friends over talent.

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