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UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated May 9, 2014
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3.5 319 reviews

56% Approve of the CEO

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Samuel Hawgood

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74% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Choose your position wisely

    Postdoctoral Scholar (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementTrain 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Accounting (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Proslooks good on resume, that is it

    Conslack 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 Senior Managementchange AP management staff

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Centralization = lost commitment to employee welfare

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

    ConsUCSF 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They only care about the Medicine

    Programmer/Analyst (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

    Consif 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 Senior ManagementHave the band play on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Job Support for working Analysts

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Post-Doc Factory Unsuitable for Graduate Students

    Graduate Student (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsSince 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).

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    UCSF is a very bureaucratic place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe benefits are the best thing at UCSF.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Typical Incompetent Public Sector Work Environment

    Analyst III (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

    ConsIn 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 Senior ManagementUCSF 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPostdoc deserve to be treated better than they currently are.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Never again

    Data Analyst (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Prosgood 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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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