UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Good for postdoctors and graduate students

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is great place for young scientists to get experience in research and learn from a large pool of prestigious professors.

    Cons

    Business style managment in academic institution which is not viable for scientific discover and retaining of talented scientist. Promotion mostly is slow too.


  2. It's good, however, I have had to bypass management in some instances (benefits, medical issues)

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Do have to say in some other areas my team has been supportive. I do feel safe working here and that is a major plus. The health benefits are also very good and on par with other universities. Parking is an ongoing problem for alot of people though, myself included.

    Cons

    Each person's experience is different but it's not pleasant to receive emails from Management saying we need to cut costs and salaries while Faculty members still get raises. Salary and experience are not always on par either among staff. I've seen where personal relationships with the Manager were factors of higher raises or position level.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give large raises to Faculty members if staff are not able to receive them either. Salary adjustments should be the same for everyone. Also verifying qualifications of Managers/Directors, especially when they are known throughout the building for not being fair, not treating their staff well adn are still there after years of earning such a reputation.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Dead end job.

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    Current Employee - Analyst II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst II in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great library. Good access to lunch choices.

    Cons

    Managers and faculty can be dishonest in presenting opportunities for advancement. No real mechanism for providing positive feedback to individual employees. Late or no performance reviews. Very little training.

    Advice to Management

    Stop reinforcing the hieararchy that puts administrative and clerical people as last to be considered. Stop furloughs. Treat employees as professionals, not servants.


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  5. Know what you are getting into.

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The research opportunities and resources are endless. Some of the greatest scientist conduct research here. UCSF is such a prestigious campus that any P.I that works is worth working for.

    Cons

    Job satisfaction depends on the lab you are working for. Some labs hardly publish and some do frequently. If you are in the job for a publication then just be aware.

    Advice to Management

    If it is understood that an employee is working towards a publication, then the goals should be met instead of ignored. Employees are there to provide technical assistance as well as striving for personal gain.


  6. World class institution, but faculty are expendable.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Adjunct Professor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Adjunct Professor in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    UCSF is world class in basic sciences.

    Cons

    UCSF has a culture, particularly in the med school, that faculty are expendable. There is high turnover for a school of its stature.

    Advice to Management

    Greater emphasis on treating faculty as highly motivated individuals with personal goals.


  7. Helpful (4)

    UCSF - a world class scientific institution but do a lot of research before taking a position

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    Current Employee - Development in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Development in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    UCSF is a world-class academic life sciences research institution and medical center, with amazing discoveries made by wonderful scientists every day. I am proud to work for such a great institution and have the greatest respect for my scientist colleagues.

    Cons

    The administrative and non-scientific staff (accounting, finance, development) are poorly led, with cronyism, 'social promotion,' and workplace bullying being rampant. Poor to no management training or accountability leading to most of the good people leaving within a year or two -- often for Stanford! Before taking a position, you *must* carefully research the department and the rest of the team.

    Advice to Management

    Millions of dollars are spent on salaries at UCSF; that being so, it would behoove you to actually place a priority on properly organizing and managing your teams. The HR team members are useless.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great benefits, but . . .

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst II Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst II Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    UCSF has great medical, dental and vision benefits, and while the pay looks good to start, there is really no pay increases unless you get promoted. Since the average tenure at the university is very high (over a decade), that means few opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Poor advancement opportunities. No bonuses for positive performance

    Advice to Management

    Monitor and reward good performers and don't be afraid to penalize poor performers.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Be careful in what you accept in a position.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Easy, be able to fully do your job.


  10. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Life at the bottom of the barrel

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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