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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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3.9 593 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

University of California Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks

Nicholas B. Dirks

(54 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits are outstanding, and having work-life balance is actually possible(in 23 reviews)

  • This job had very flexible hours and the interview process was very simple(in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • the pay is low but it is made up by tuition remission(in 20 reviews)

  • Budget cuts mean everyone is doing the job of 3(in 23 reviews)

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    Most dysfunctional place I have ever worked.

    Graduate Student (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsNice weather and the food and local produce are very good.

    ConsI was working for a senior professor famous for marine biomechanics who was very abusive. I would describe more but I fear retribution from her, in the form of derogatory comments given in secret to block me from any further work in biomechanics research (which is a small community in which she has tremendous influence).

    Advice to Senior ManagementAcademia is not a corporation. People matter, and senior people like professors can make or ruin the careers of many promising students, including those from underrepresented minorities.

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

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    Dismal treatment of staff, no upward growth, low pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsObviously having a State job allows one to have great benefits.

    ConsThe supervisors/leadership is below standards. People in power positions do not heed the concerns of their staff. Many are underqualified to even be in a position of power. When you complain about management you are often subject to retaliation and ridicule.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet new management. Train your supervisors to deal with interpersonal relationships within your units. Train your supervisors to also hold staff meetings which are a good time for employees to voice their concerns.

    Reiterate the importance of treating fellow coworkers with civility regardless of what gender, sexual orientation, race etc.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Shared Services MESS

    Research Administrator (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsGreat research is completed here. Great vacation & sick package. You can gain a lot of experience working a job with many hats.

    ConsStaff are underappreciated, low paying university, most staff know more than supervisors, everything is politics, low pay, and rude supervisors full of drama. Work has become even more demanding, short staff, room for growth is not as easy as it used to be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShared Services is a downfall. Everytime outside consultants who do not work in the day to day university life always make process harder especially if they do not understand federal and auditing policies. No one is happy.

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

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    Hostile work environment

    Coordinator (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsStudents are passionate. Academic environment and student culture are intellectually engaging. Some staff are passionate and fantastic. Good transit benefits.

    ConsPay that is not competitive with the rest of the Bay Area. Long hours without appreciation of work nor of the desire to have a life outside of work. Inflexibility in working hours. Students who can make or break your career based upon whether they like you. Directive department heads who are unwilling to hear feedback. No tuition benefits. Claim to be innovative, but as a staff member you see that nearly everything is antiquated and people don't want to change from "it's always been done that way."

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

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    GSI

    Graduate Student Researcher (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA

    Prosall the students love you

    Conslow pay. high workload. use graduate student as salve

    Advice to Senior Managementthe school should really get some funding sources

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

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    Cal is a better place to be as a student, disappointing as a full-time employee

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBeing around students in a learning environment can be exciting if you ever get the time to interact with them.

    ConsStaff people are thought of last. Faculty is treated best, then students. Some faculty won't even return emails and phone calls from staff. There is virtually no diversity in mid and senior leadership. This is the first place I became familiar with the term the "walking retired." People pretend that it is a meritocracy, but it's not. Strong performers don't get adequately compensated and those that don't work very hard I saw get the same annual performance increases as those who worked hard, just because they'd been there a long time. My manager wanted me to fudge records that correctly showed I worked well over 40 hours most weeks because she thought it made her look bad as mange(?!)

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn a state as diverse as California, one would think that it would be impossible, for example, for MBA Career Management to be staffed with only heterosexual Caucasians and Chinese Americans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    beautiful mission, awful place

    Assistant Professor (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA

    Prosstudents are wonderful; diverse and motivated. the mission of the school, and the entire UC system, is beautiful. on a catastrophic course now.

    Conscolleagues are corrupt, mediocre, and a poor representation of what the academy has to offer.

    Advice to Senior Managementresign and put some fair-minded and ethical people in place.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dysfunctional / building maintenance technicians

    Building Maintenance Worker (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsAttractive benefit package...not much else .

    ConsTenure in Building Maintenance RSSP, un-realistic work expectations, severely understaffed
    Supervisors don't care, little access to PPE's, high percentage of on the job injury history among employees, heavy lifting and physical work, exposure to asbestos and lead in the older buildings, poor morale, no room for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more workers and less supervisors.

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

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    White collar welfare

    Principal Engineer (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsBecause of an overall lack of accountability, plenty of time to work on personal business and outside interests. Difficult to get fired. Objective performance goals and reviews are talked about, but frequently don't happen.

    ConsThe academic senate (tenured professors) run the asylum. This is a wacky bunch of ego centric wackos. Most have never worked a day in outside industry and have no real world experience. Professors treat everyone like they are grad students -there to be abused. There is zero career growth. Everyone gets the same performance review and (lack of) pay raise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI worked in industry for twenty years before spending 14 years working for UC Berkeley. There is no
    accountable management here. My advice is to bring in real, trained managers (like they produce in their MBA programs) and get rid of the clowns with Phd's that may be experts in the area of their thesis, but have not hard or soft management skills. (If you don't know what hard and soft management skill are, ask someone with an MBA). The UC is a ripping off the tax payers.

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

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    Overly bureaucratic, poor management.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice place to live, fun city

    ConsHighly disorganized, poorly managed. Not a good environment for training or mentorship. Burdened with paperwork, detracts from accomplishing job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe right hand doesn't seem to know what the left is doing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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