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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great opportunities

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    You get to work closely with top notch investigators and clinicians in their field. My boss was very helpful in promoting my professional development and pushing me to do my very best. It was a lot of work and I often sacrificed my work-life balance, but I think it was worthwhile.

    Cons

    You can be overworked and need to really set limits to establish some semblance of a work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    UCSF a mixed bag

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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