UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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Samuel Hawgood
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Pros
  • Good benefits package (PTO, healthcare) (in 36 reviews)

  • Work Life Balance, Phenomenal Research you feel that you are part of a institute that is making radical changes in Health Care/ medicine (in 16 reviews)

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

  • People work long hours, not much guidance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. AAIII, UCSF Development

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    Former Employee - AAIII in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - AAIII in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job was close to home

    Cons

    Soul eroding incompetence in Management. They changed job descriptions at will. No training, low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring more middle management with integrity. Discontinue the practice of 'the darker your skin, the safer your job!'


  2. Jaded, Devalued, Money Vampires

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    Current Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to live in San Francisco. Flexible schedule in research. When you actually get to focus on the research and the ideas, that part is terrific, it just is too overshadowed by everything else.

    Cons

    Unrealistically high expectations of junior people, combined with fake mentorship, no departmental support, and no financial security. If you plan on having children, writing grants every evening and weekend is not good for family life. You are a throw-away at UCSF. It's a "Don't let the door hit you on the way out... yawn, you only brought in one million?"... kind of place. When you bring in new partnerships and funds, they want your contacts, but they don't help you build any. The administrative reorganizations have overburdened everyone, there is more work, fewer services, and no real efficiency gains.

    Advice to Management

    I know, it's still not good enough. And it's all me.


  3. Not good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, some very intelligent.accomplished co-workers

    Cons

    Terrible HR, no work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    m/a


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  5. Malignant Culture

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    Current Employee - Physician
    Current Employee - Physician
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Top research institute. Prestigious name.

    Cons

    Very malignant culture. Employees not well supported who are not at the top of the pay scale, often incredibly overworked. Non supportive environment for career development. Poor salary. Chaotic system with transportation required between multiple campuses all over the city which decreases productivity and harms patient care.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Bad PIs continue to work there abusing past and and future employees. UCSF clearly cares zero about fixing this problem.

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    Current Employee - Junior Specialist
    Current Employee - Junior Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice, pretty campus and facilities. Some half decent food options.

    Cons

    All along the hiring process I was told blatantly false and inaccurate information as to what I would be receiving. No one cared enough to even help me sort this out to after the fact. Salary is barely livable for SF.

    Advice to Management

    Mandate PIs to give contact information of previous employees to prevent employees from being tricked into working in a bad environment. Mandate employee turnover rates of each lab to be public knowledge and this information to be given to potential employees. Mandate confidential exit reviews of employers, to be held by UCSF. Actually care about employees and weed out or take action to remedy bad PIs, which we all know exist here and there. While they aren't the rule, they are way too common.


  7. very bad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    San Francisco, bay area, location

    Cons

    management intolerance, will not consider anyone not like them

    Advice to Management

    diversify to include ALL; not just your ilk


  8. Don't work for UCSF.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    decent wages; great for medical research

    Cons

    HR department and management are awful towards employees. The payroll department made numerous mistakes on my paycheck.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Choose your position wisely

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    Current Contractor - Accounting in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Accounting in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco as a contractor (More than a year)

    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 Management

    change AP management staff


  11. Helpful (2)

    Centralization = lost commitment to employee welfare

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    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.



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