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Updated May 9, 2014
Updated May 9, 2014
329 Reviews

3.5
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Samuel Hawgood
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Choose your position wisely

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    UCSF has an excellent reputation and there are some wonderful people who work here.

    Cons

    The pay for most does not take into account the cost of living in San Francisco.

    The PIs are not trained, or encourage to train, as managers so their people skills are almost non-existent. They offer little or no career development advice, instead they are paranoid about getting funding. Staff in the labs have no way to voice concerns, as their success is coupled to that of their PIs.

    HR is slow and often ineffective. Operational excellent has severely damaged the personal touch of UCSF.

    Too many reports of bullying, sexual harassment, racism, homophobia for a progressive institution. PIs seem to be able to bully etc without fear of repercussion. The "little man" takes all of the blame. Senior PIs bully their way out of complying with university policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your PIs and have their training rated by their staff and observed for at least 3 years after appointment. Have all postdocs and graduate students offered tutors not in the same department as the PI to offer advice and moral support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management pick on their subordinates, bottom feeders are left to waste

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    looks good on resume, that is it

    Cons

    lack of potential growth, low pay, treat employees badly. wrong choices for managers. very bad training methods. Work is easy but managers make it difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change AP management staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Centralization = lost commitment to employee welfare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Good benefits package (PTO, healthcare). Opportunity to work at different campuses across the city. Cutting edge science. Campuses at interesting locations.

    Cons

    UCSF has become a high-stress, high-tension, money-first atmosphere. Employees consistently work long hours, and turn-over is extremely high (especially in centralized areas). Flexibility in hours and telecommuting have become nonexistent. Examine closely the atmosphere of the department you're considering before accepting a position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    They only care about the Medicine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    If you are about medicine then it's the place to be.
    They are outsourcing the HR and IT.

    Cons

    if you not about the medicine stay away. UCSF is under tremendous stress to reduce costs and they are doing it by outsourcing all non medical jobs. They have outsources their HR to Irvine, they have outsourced their procurement system to Berkeley / Sci-quest. They must reduce their costs and employees sufferer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the band play on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Job Support for working Analysts

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    UCSF runs lean but employess are kept very busy so the work day goes by quickly.

    Cons

    In-Fighting is rampant and seems to be urged. Emphasis on doing the right thing for hard-working employees is ignored

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UCSF Managment should be aware of how hostile the work environment is and how helpless employees are to change the system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Post-Doc Factory Unsuitable for Graduate Students

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Student  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Since UCSF cares only about grant money, their name is highly respected by funding agencies. It may be easier to get your grant approved here than at a less well-known school. Get an NSF grant your first year and then run with it to somewhere else (they'll tell you this isn't possible, but they're lying).

    Cons

    Most graduate schools de-emphasize students' actual learning, teaching experience, and social life, which is made up for by the thrill of discovery and actually doing science. But UCSF's graduate program takes the cons to such an extreme that it can easily kill even the strongest enthusiasm for science. At UCSF graduate students are cheap skilled labor and absolutely nothing else. Expect no mentorship and only the most trivial of interaction with labmates. They boast about collaboration but it turns out that after rotations you're lucky if you're working with others at your bench, let alone the lab down the hall. UCSF might be suitable for post-docs or the most extreme of introverts, but if you're a graduate student and only normal science nerd levels of introvert, steer clear. Also, if you think non-translational (meaning non-medical) biology or any other science matters, you won't get along with anyone at this overgrown medical school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace your graduate program with technician labor since that's all you really want anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    UCSF is a very bureaucratic place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The benefits are the best thing at UCSF.

    Cons

    Have to be well-liked by management to get a promotion. It is very hard to get a raise at UCSF due to the bureaucracy of the organization. Also, it is a very racist place where there are very few people of color in management positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be monitoring of senior management and how they treat their employees. Promotions should be given on a yearly basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Typical Incompetent Public Sector Work Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst III  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst III in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Agree like other posts that they have good benefits. Working on Parnassus campus has the best infrastructure.

    Cons

    In terms of administration (not research), mid-managers beware because the admins and senior managers are incompetent. However, this all depends on the department you. Some departments are better than others but overall it seems the bad depts outnumber the good. The bright admins or senior managers that exist soon leave for more money and better work environments. This then leaves behind the "lifers" and staff with limited skills to work with. If you start there thinking you can change it, there will be disappointment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UCSF will continue and always lose talented staff because of their rigid staffing policies that limits growth, inability to address problem employees, and hiring unskilled staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Postdoctoral work at UCSF-expect to give up your entire life for several years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The faculty are leaders in the their fields and most are very helpfull.

    Cons

    The culture at UCSF (parnassus campus) is very competitive and aggressive, there is no work/life balance for postdocs allowed in many labs. Postdocs are treated like second class citizens, used, abused and then give the boot in too many labs. Carreer development is not often encouraged, apart from publishing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Postdoc deserve to be treated better than they currently are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Never again

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    good pay & benefits, union protection, spellbinding cocktail party conversation based on daily hair raising insanity, when you leave you have no regrets, the bonding that happens under painful circumstances

    Cons

    working with deeply unhappy, bitter & obstructive people, drama, severe dysfunction, verbal abuse from arrogant doctors, being reposted to another division that doesn't have an office for you for more than a month so you work out of the library, starting a job with four people in a room without desks or phones for weeks sharing a single laptop, being directed to violate the law by ignorant & incompetent superiors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you passed JCAHO but clean up the violations anyways coz it's the right thing to do

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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