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Great academic environment, especially for postdocs

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Current Employee - Specialist in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Specialist in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Closely connected, very open in culture, have very dedicated people working there

Cons

At general hospital location, research labs are isolated

Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Post-Doc Factory Unsuitable for Graduate Students

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Since UCSF cares only about grant money, their name is highly respected by funding agencies. It may be easier to get your grant approved here than at a less well-known school. Get an NSF grant your first year and then run with it to somewhere else (they'll tell you this isn't possible, but they're lying).

    Cons

    Most graduate schools de-emphasize students' actual learning, teaching experience, and social life, which is made up for by the thrill of discovery and actually doing science. But UCSF's graduate program takes the cons to such an extreme that it can easily kill even the strongest enthusiasm for science. At UCSF graduate students are cheap skilled labor and absolutely nothing else. Expect no mentorship and only the most trivial of interaction with labmates. They boast about collaboration but it turns out that after rotations you're lucky if you're working with others at your bench, let alone the lab down the hall. UCSF might be suitable for post-docs or the most extreme of introverts, but if you're a graduate student and only normal science nerd levels of introvert, steer clear. Also, if you think non-translational (meaning non-medical) biology or any other science matters, you won't get along with anyone at this overgrown medical school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace your graduate program with technician labor since that's all you really want anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Quality Research, excellent place for a focused short time to take your next career step

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Excellent Scientists
    Great infrastructure
    Helpful colleague
    Very collaborative environment
    Strong links with industry

    Cons

    No long term job prospects for postdocs
    Highly competitive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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