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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 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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    Research

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosworld class research, world class science, world class labs, bay area, silicon valley, California season

    Consbasic science, basic pay, low Federal funds, financial crises, houses

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    Great co workers....poor management

    Cook (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsGreat co workers, good working environment

    ConsManagers treated some employees with disrespect. Degrading them In front of all the hear. Promises were made that were broken. No communication. No room for advancement. People who were higher in rank, seemed to take advantage of those that worked hard. A heard a lot of "that's not my job!"

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees like humans. Communication is key. Managers need to lead by example.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A fairly typical job, but short shifts and lack of parking is problematic.

    Student Food Service Worker (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsThe food options, both on and off campus, are pretty good. There are periods of slowness where you can do pretty much whatever you want.

    ConsLack of nearby parking meant I would have to spend my break running to my car to fill the meter. Even then, sometimes I would get ticketed which would annihilate most of my paycheck for the day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave some standard procedure concerning parking for employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to have a comfortable work-life balance, but not a good choice for ambitious employees.

    Payroll Analyst II (Former Employee) UC Berkeley, CA

    Proswork-life balance, great benefits, extremely lax company culture, easy, flexibility with working hours, great commute via Bart

    Consno room for professional or personal growth, poor management, over-achievers are never rewarded, too much red-tape, too many slackers on campus that hide behind legal security and threaten officials with filing grievances and etc.

    Advice to Senior Managementlead by example: promote hard-working individuals and also reinforce the importance of education and updating job skills; stop being afraid of employees filing grievances just because they are asked to perform a job function not written into their job description.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good way to make some spending money.

    Security Monitor (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsEasy Job.
    Helps in developing interpersonal skills.

    ConsA lot of bureaucracy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is a decent job if you can study and do homework.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou can do homework while at work during the less busy times.

    ConsGets old pretty quick, and its pretty repetitive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement in the library is actually pretty good.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    They emphasized on equality but that's not true.

    Assistant Specialist (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsThere are lots of opportunities for growth. Health benefits are good and good pension plan.

    ConsThe opportunities and special pay raise only goes to people who they favor. Everyone always says, it's not what you know, it's who you know!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience for a student

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of access to campus, wide variety of people, easy to find something relevant to your interests. Hours can be flexible, as they do care about your school schedule.

    ConsNot the best pay, bureaucracy can be a headache, sometimes you're completely ignored. Some have a tendency to overlook student opinions.

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    Graduate Student Researcher

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosobtain valuable knowledge that serves as a foundation of your future career

    Consvery little $, long study hours

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    UC Berkeley is a great for some / OK for others

    Postdoctoral Scholar (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsIntellectually very stimulating environment. The Bay Area is a great place to live. Graduate students have good support system. Very nice campus located very central in Berkeley.

    ConsAlthough being in Berkeley is intellectually very stimulating there is reasonable pressure to achieve results at the highest level. Some feel the heat. Postdocs are not really being taken care of as much as they should. Salary and support system not great, but that is a problem at a lot of other universities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSalaries for postdocs should be higher given the high living costs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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