UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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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. Good research facilities, but low salary for San Francisco

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Having the opportunity to work with the best professors in medical sciences. 2. Collaborative research environment. 3. Well equipped core facilities. 4. Health insurance is affordable.

    Cons

    1. Low salary 2. Parking is expensive for the postdocs. 3. Housing options are very limited. 4. Child care options for postdoc are limited.

    Advice to Management

    More benefits for the postdoctoral researchers.


  2. Not as stable as you would think

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Ok health benefits Ok retirement There are some career development opportunities Some people you work with are very intelligent The staff is very diverse

    Cons

    Some managers are not approachable. A lot of mistreatment was witnessed over the years. UCSF relies mainly on their reputation of being a "top organization" however when you ask some employees they would have a different opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Start seeing people who work hard for you as human beings first, not as a number, or a nameless "asset"


  3. Clinical Research Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    You are given a high level of responsibilty and autonomy in how you would like to approach your work; you just have to make sure the work gets done. You interact with very intelligent people who are always happy to explain the research concepts at hand as well as their own special reseach interests. Working with a wide variety of patients and professionals from all types of backgrounds and countries keeps things interesting, and in that way is very different from working in a corporate setting.

    Cons

    This is a highly matrixed environment, and you and your supervisor may not have much control over many of the resources that you need to do your job efficiently. As a result, you must learn to be cheerful despite setbacks that will affect your timelines and learn to show no frustration when your preparation is impacted by other units that are part of process.


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  5. Program Coordinator Role

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    The benefits and job stability are the best part.

    Cons

    Working under doctors can be a bit difficult and we don't receive bonuses. Also, there isn't much room for growth under current role.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more of a advancement opportunities.


  6. State Budget issues

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great location, staff friendly, my particular area was undergoing several issues that were unpleasant, culminating with a change in Associate Director; great staff medical benefits, low compays and low out of pocket

    Cons

    So many issues from State Budget cuts, help to employees facing unfair treat the not forthcoming and dependent on whoever answers you in HR.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to staff concerns, keep the good EAP services and provide more help to staff getting laid off for a dept loss of funds, currently no help there


  7. Working as a research associate

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The brand name of UCSF. Whatever you do after this working at UCSF will always be an advantage while seeking your next job. Getting to stay in the Bay area with good weather and other job opportunities. Best place to stay if you are even remotely interested in starting up later.

    Cons

    Considering the living expenses in San Francisco and the Bay, the salary is terribly low.You will have no savings at all. UCSF does not pay for any professional development courses you wish to do or that will help in your professional growth. There is no option of getting housing at UCSF for research associates and staying in the city is ridiculously expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the pay keeping the rent and living expenses in mind. Provide housing facilities to employees.


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    Executive Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great amount of time off, all school holidays. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Just like any job some departments are better than others. If you are in a department where most people have been there for over 15 years run.


  9. Scheduler

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Helping people in need

    Cons

    It was not a thriving environment. It felt like the show workaholics

    Advice to Management

    Care more. There was zero connection with workers


  10. Experience at UCSF

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Staff great to work with. Committed to doing great work

    Cons

    The administration needs sugnificant improvement in overall management and leafership,. Processes and procrdures require significant improvememts. Mandatory retirement contribution is 8% moving to 10%.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Clinical Research Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    World-class physicians doing cutting-edge research Casual culture Nice co-workers Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Inadequate training for middle management Low pay Lots of turnover Difficult to advance or transfer departments Lack of communication between University departments often hinders progress HR is very secretive about the process for requesting a pay increase

    Advice to Management

    Give Campus employees access to the resources they need--stop treating research staff like the ugly stepchildren while the Med Center employees are able to order whatever supplies and services are necessary to do their jobs. HR needs to stop hiding how a reclassification works--if our salaries are public information then how those salaries are derived should at least be accessible to the employees. Give supervisors and middle management better training and make them accountable to someone other than a physician, who typically doesn't have the time or training to monitor the performance of non-clinical staff.



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