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Smart people, beautiful and fun city, not enough money or time

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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

The research environment is really stimulating and collaborative. There are always great seminars and new postdocs coming from other places to befriend and/or learn from. The faculty are all really passionate about doing good science, and it makes for a great training environment. In addition, there are numerous bay area science & technology events to attend.

Cons

It is incredibly expensive to live in San Francisco and UCSF does not account for the cost of living - salaries here for postdocs and graduate students are the same as they are in Nashville, TN, for example. Also, because the training environment is so top-notch, and the state of funding in science is so dire, many PIs are stressed and many people work 60-90 hours a week.

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    Staff Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good learning environment to kick-start your career. Be sure to find a good mentor to follow and try to learn as much as you can. There is wiggle room to take on different task due to the academia environment.

    Cons

    Little to no room for growth. Senior management does not care or see the hierarchy of new and old employees. Some employees will just sit there the entire day and do nothing while others are scrambling to finish the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better over sight on your staff members and be sure everyone is adequately trained.

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    Amazing people, poor work-life balance.

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated and high achieving people. Decent benefits. A mission that feels important.

    Cons

    You can get the best annual reviews possible, but don't expect a promotion, or raise or good work-life balance. What you will get is more and more work and less and less support to do it. When someone leaves their job, they won't hire a new person, they just make someone left behind do two people's (or more) job. And pay here is crap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making all of us do more than one job description. Support promotions and raises. The second I can get a better position somewhere else, I'm outta here.

    Doesn't Recommend
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