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Learned a lot, and have great memories, but many things could have been much smoother with the appropriate support

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

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

There is a tremendous amount of talent at this institution, as well as a diverse array of resources.

Cons

UCSF is a public institution, and appears to always be riding the ragged edge financially. One consequence of this is considerable consolidation/turnover of the administrative staff in recent years, which can make it really hard to get things done effectively. Also, student health benefits are quite paltry.

Advice to Management

Put some pressure on the administrative staff to get things done quickly and efficiently.

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  1. UCSF a mixed bag

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    UCSF positions are well paid compared to similar jobs on other UC campuses. The benefits are quite good. As the largest employer in San Francisco after the city itself it has lots of opportunities for lateral and career moves. There are a lot of wonderful people working there.

    Cons

    UCSF wants to act towards its employees like a poor public university sometimes and a hard-nosed corporation at others, whichever best suits it. They have no qualms about asking employees to donate to UCSF, but they excuse by saying they are a public university the fact that they don't offer employee gift matching, time off for community service, etc. They cut back on staff and only gave 1 pay increase in 5 years, from 2008-2013, to non-represented staff, during a time of massive increases in the cost of living in San Francisco. Managers are frequently doctors or researchers who are terrible managers and there is no real system to correct the problems that produces.

    Advice to Management

    Doctors and researchers in direct supervision roles should be subject to 360-degree evaluation, and there should always be an administrator as a equal voice in all employee evaluations. UCSF boosts of its excellence and its services in ads all over town, while not granting cost of living increases to staff and paying its executives some of the best salaries in the country for comparable positions. That's not right. UCSF needs to take more seriously the responsibilities that come with being the biggest employer and biggest landowner in San Francisco; employee donations to public schools and local service nonprofits should be matched.

  2. Good place to build skills/abilities, but not salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom in research abilities is probably the best part of this job. Also, you build research skills.

    Cons

    Limited salary growth is really the worse part of this job. Salary growth comes slowly, but this is more of due to the research funding situation.

    Advice to Management

    NA

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