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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
217 Reviews
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217 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits are outstanding, and having work-life balance is actually possible (in 25 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, I can basically try to work on the job at whenever a I want (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • the pay is low but it is made up by tuition remission (in 21 reviews)

  • budget cuts make very basic needs (eg office supplies, custodial services) go unmet (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Contractor - Resident Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Former Contractor - Resident Assistant in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working as an RA at UC Berkeley was a rewarding experience. There was a good two week training process. The job allowed me to grow as an individual, and helped me meet many interesting people!

    Cons

    The job is very time intensive for a full time student. You don't get a lot of guidance, but you do have support if you need it. The job could effect your academics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the RD's can support the RA's well. Make sure there is enough institutional memory in each unit, so each group of new RD's and RA's does not have to learn things from scratch every year.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    If you're in the right department you'll work with the most empathetic, wonderful, friendliest people on the planet.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule with a people first attitude. Very good benefits (talk to HR to find the best plan).

    Cons

    Working in research can sometimes mean long, grueling hours to meet deadlines. Not much room to move up, internally, in certain fields.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bear buy (purchasing system) needs work. Placing an order for specialty equipment and not having it processed until 6 months later? That is whack.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoyed my time here, wish I could stay longer but it's time to move on

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Excellent peers, Stimulating environment, Good atmosphere

    Cons

    Postdoc salary...
    Nothing much I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Marketing Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Very passionate and easy-going founders of the company.

    Cons

    Since it operates in apparel industry, the growth rate might be not as fast as in the other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Undergraduate TA in the CS Department

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    -the staff in the CS Department are wonderful and very helpful
    -all of my co-workers were very driven and excited to be there
    -tuition reimbursement!

    Cons

    -I think that TAs are underpaid in general. The tuition reimbursement is really nice, but for the amount of effort that undergraduate TAs put in and the amount of time, I think that we should be paid more

  7.  

    Top notch Master of Forestry program.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge applied and theoretical research, passionate and accessible faculty, dynamic peers.

    Cons

    Graduate student stipend is minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Keep it up! 2) More quantitative sustainability courses and internships.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Nice place to work in!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are diverse and you will see a bigger world culturally and academically.

    Cons

    Not many cons at all. If I were given another chance , I will still go for Berkeley

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Berkeley does highilght management a lot!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people and gret culture!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Videographer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Videographer in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you love football, you'll love this job!

    Cons

    I wish I had more hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    CS 61B GSI

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great practice with the concepts necessary for industry, good chance to improve education

    Cons

    Work much longer than being paid for, only partial fee remission

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Student employee at Music Library

    Current Employee - Student Library Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Student Library Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The supervisor (Angela Arnold) at the music library is very nice and easy to talk to. The hours at the Music library is also a plus because it's not open late like the main library on campus.

    Cons

    There aren't really any cons because you're allowed to do homework at the desk as long as you make sure all library tasks are completed.

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