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Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be careful in what you accept in a position.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    If you want a job you can work at until you die

    Cons

    Lots, don't expect any type of raise based how well you do your job. Don't expect to grow within the department you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Easy, be able to fully do your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    UCSF is not business as usual...it's a different world and plays by different rules. You may end up in deep therapy.

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

    Pros

    You have no other available choices. If you are a postdoc, Phd or MD. Those are some good reasons.

    Cons

    You may walk into a department from hell if you don't know what you're getting into. It's the luck of the draw. Professional career administrative support should think twice before entering any position related to academia. Professors tend to be lazy, exhibit low work ethics, want you to bow down and basically become an indentured servant. They are low on the ladder of communication skills and you are definitely expendable. They have tenure -- you never will. It's an ugly game to watch or be involved in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really want to know how demoralized your support staff is, you should investigate a little deeper than employee surveys. MSO's -- many are useless and do not effect any change and basically are the henchmen of the professors, who are cowards and have no spines. I call them the pitbulls from hades, with the power to clear out a staff of admin with one clean sweep. For admin, if you have some self esteem and dignity, don't test your strength here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    UCSF Facilities Management, the epitome of the Peter Principle

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

    Pros

    Benefits, security, working for a world class institution with 3 Nobel Prize winning laureates

    Cons

    Middle management and above are only concerned about their careers and retirement. They will not make any decisions on their own which could jeopardize this and will not be proactive in their jobs. They create too many layers of management to protect themselves (with public funds). Human Resources is a joke. Filing any complaints or grievances are only warnings for the department to "circle the wagons", and to figure out how to protect the incompetent managers (which the HR manager is himself).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are only as good as your subordinates. You need to support them. When the team is losing, fire the coach, not the players.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Life at the bottom of the barrel

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits. Some very wonderful people.

    Cons

    The campus is falling apart and being put back together by noisy construction crews during business hours. Imagine being on a phone call and having a jackhammer drilling into the wall next to your desk. This is not an exaggeration. They really do that.

    Imagine having so little workspace that the back of your chair is always bumping up against someone else's chair. Imagine you can smell your co-workers because they're crammed in so closely. Imagine being closely observed all the time by a half-dozen others. We're like chickens in an egg factory, and the lights are always on to make us produce more, faster, more, faster.

    Analysts and admins often work just as many hours as scientists and physicians - without bonuses, raises, comp time or even a thank you. They will never get a big prize for solving some brilliant medical question, but they are pressured to work just as hard and fast as those they serve. They are often reminded in small ways that their educations are not as expensive, prestigious or extensive as those they serve. If you work here long enough, you will be referred to as a "lifer." This is their term for "loser."

    We have sexism, racism, elitism, and every other ism, all practiced openly against those who lack the MD or PhD degree. Go ahead and call the whistleblower hotline. Nothing will happen.

    Our salaries are public information. Anyone can find out what you earn. This leads to great bitterness and lack of cooperation among those of identical rank who are compensated differently.

    Job protection is a wonderful thing, but it should be possible to fire someone who is not doing a good job (or isn't doing anything at all). It should be possible to fire someone whose behavior includes screaming, vicious gossip, throwing things. Worse. Here, they just get promoted.

    Oh, and there's no free parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're all in this together, and we have similar goals: Improve health care, support scientific discovery. I work very hard for you under extreme conditions, without any of the potential fame or fat salary or golden parachute that you can expect. How about saying thank you once in a while? It won't cost anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Place to Start but not a Life-Changing Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to start for newly grads. The different campuses gives employees opportunities to be exposed to a lot of different people with different backgrounds. There are seminars and meetings that you can attend.

    Cons

    Upper Management cares less about personal growth. No matter how hard you work and how much you do, you will always be stuck with the same position and title for a couple of years. You do not get acknowledged for your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time into helping individuals growth in their jobs.

  7.  

    Very disapointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist
    Current Employee - Specialist

    Pros

    Good benefits & great direct supervisor

    Cons

    Awful place, nothing works properly and it is VERY dirty

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and reasonable pay

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    UCSF 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.

    Cons

    Being 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    don't expect many promotions here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Highly intelligent coworkers and decent resources available.

    Cons

    Institutionalized 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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to appreciate your underpaid staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Post-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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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