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A large, cumbersome institution; depending on your Dept./team, etc., it could be awesome or pure frustration.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

Benefits are good and at least in my case the work/life balance was solid; the majority of your co-workers will be great. Amazing research and innovation in the life sciences.

Cons

A huge organization which is not very agile; it takes tremendous effort to move anything forward. Inevitable politics and egos. A sizeable number of middle managers could be let go and it would not be noticed - plus the $$ saved would be considerable. Little to no training for administrative staff.

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Interim Chancellor Hawgood is certainly up to the task of being Chancellor, although a search is on to find the successor to Susan Desmond-Hellmann. That search will take months, as the target candidate pool is probably not a large one, and allegedly there should be some sort of sizzle factor to the choice.

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No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for UC San Francisco

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, excellent.

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    Current Employee - Analyst III
    Current Employee - Analyst III

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Very diverse work experience, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    No standardized raises for non-unionized positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to do biomedical research, but not without its challenges.

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

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    UCSF is a great academic environment to do science. The atmosphere is highly collaborative. The strong biomedical emphasis and ties with biotech industry help make basic science research more relevant and translational.

    Cons

    UCSF suffers many of the same issues as other members of the UC system - the institution is highly bureaucratic and administrative processes are frustratingly inefficient/slow. Minimum pay for postdocs follows NIH guidelines, which makes survival in San Francisco a challenge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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