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Fantastic, Depending on which department you get

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Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III  in  San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

-Excellent Benefits
-Very Tech Savvy
-Lots of Opportunities for Professional Growth

As a disclaimer, while I had a wonderful experience in my department, many people have suffered horror stories at UCSF. It's impossible to give a rating to the entire institution, as your experience will vary depending on which campus and department you're in. Parnassus tends to have many more politics and personality issues, whereas the campuses are generally more easygoing. Again, this is a blanket statement and can be totally off depending on who you get, but it's typically true.

My department was located at San Francisco General, which is the most inclusive and least political campus (although they still exist here, just not to the degree of Parnassus). I was very fortunate to work in a major clinical department in which I had the support and respect of everyone in the clinical and admin staff, from the bottom to the top. It truly did feel like a loving family, and is extremely rare anywhere in this world but there are some departments at UC that are really doing it right.

Starting pay is usually okay (not great, but serviceable), but depends entirely on how "flush" the department you join is. Some have more money (Surgery, Anesthesia, Medicine) and some have less (Podiatry, Otolaryngology, Optometry).

Cons

-Raises take a while to go through. You're supposed to receive fifty cents or so every six months, but instead you usually get a buck and some change every couple years, so that can be frustrating. If you feel you've been more than puling your weight, though, you can apply for a merit increase (an unscheduled raise) or a step-up, which is going up in title.

-Some people can be very unhelpful. There's a tendency among some that if you ask for complex help or for them to teach you how to do anything that even vaguely relates to their job, they believe you're "trying to steal their job" and they become very difficult to work with. You mainly see this in departments that have heavy politics and poor management. Departments that cross-train and have a good collegial atmosphere typically don't have this problem and are much easier to work in.

-Unions can be very obstructive if you hold a union position and are trying to advance in your career. While claiming to get your back in everything, they will do whatever they can to fight your "upgrade" to a non-union position, as they don't want to lose your membership (and dues, I'm sure). Many union employees who want to advance typically have to apply for a vacantAnalyst position in their department, or move to a different department, which is unfortunate if you're in a department that you really enjoy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

This is more directed at the School of Medicine, which dictates everyone's salaries: Please start people out at a higher wage, and be more consistent with raises. You have a lot of good, hard-working people who are leaving your organization because they can't afford to live in the city any longer.

Also, imitate some of the campus departments and do more to instill equality and collegial respect between all levels of clinical and administrative staff across the board. There should be real penalties for disrespect and elitism.

Listen to your staff's suggestions for company resources (such as the MyAccess apps). These are the people who will actually use these tools, as opposed to some freelance developers and executives who will likely never touch them.

Finally, stop throwing so much money at the Regents. With the excess money you pay them in bonuses and incidentals (which they don't even spend in one year), you could easily hire lots more people at a good salary to staff your organization.

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    Good place to work, hard to move up

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time for more than 3 years

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    Balance, good benefits, training opportunities

    Cons

    Low salaries, few raises, few chances to move up

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