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Former Employee - Graduate Student
Former Employee - Graduate Student

I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

great research opportunities. great on-campus seminars. curriculum caliber solid. great collaborations between labs. most research is driven by students. an intellectually stimulating environment.

Cons

expensive to live in San Francisco. no undergraduate programs. time to graduation can be longer than 5 years for most students.

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    They only care about the Medicine

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    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are about medicine then it's the place to be.
    They are outsourcing the HR and IT.

    Cons

    if you not about the medicine stay away. UCSF is under tremendous stress to reduce costs and they are doing it by outsourcing all non medical jobs. They have outsources their HR to Irvine, they have outsourced their procurement system to Berkeley / Sci-quest. They must reduce their costs and employees sufferer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the band play on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It is a stressful time to be working at UC

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    Former Employee - Analyst IV in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst IV in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The positive side of working at UC is the benefits, and being part of a world-class research institute.

    Cons

    There are major cut backs occuring at UC -- consolidations, "shared services," and other cost-cutting measures that involve substantial reductions in staffing, particularly of unrepresented employees. The workloads have increased significantly, and it's made for an unhappy work environment for many employees. Additionally, there have been no significant raises for non-unionized staff in many years, and given that salaries are well below market rates, it may not be the first place to look for a job. Significant changes will be starting July 1, 2013 to the pension plan as well, so lure of great benefits at UC is also changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kind to your employees. Take the available classes on leadership and managing people. Unfortunately, a number of managers at UC are promoted into those positions without the necessary experience or qualifications to be good managers -- don't be one of those people. Also, learn the union contracts if you supervise unionized employees, and abide by them. You will save yourself, and your employees a great deal of heartache and hassle when it comes to dealing with problems, should they arise. Open communication and honesty are key.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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