University of California Berkeley

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Academically and intellectually fulfilling, but disappointing if considering a career in academics

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Current Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA
Current Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA

I have been working at University of California Berkeley

Pros

- Opportunity to engage with peers and faculty with similar academic interests.
- Reduced cost of graduate education.
- If considering a career in academics, gives a good understanding of all factors involved.

Cons

- Onerous bureaucracy
- Unless course faculty is experienced, being a student instructor is difficult to manage within the allotted time
- Tendency to "get lost in the system"

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Make administrative staff more proactive while engaging with faculty and student instructors. Right now getting them to do things feels like pulling teeth.
- Give GSIs better remuneration and benefits since most of them end up working more than the allotted time anyway.

Recommends
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work, but no employment-related growth

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    * Research work is great in terms of intellectual engagement
    * Faculty and fellow students are good advisors, and provide useful academic feedback

    Cons

    * Pay won't change -- I've been an RA for 3 years, the rate is fixed
    * Pay is low (1/10th) compared to industry

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    UC Berkeley was one of the worst places I've ever worked!

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    Former Employee - Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Great work life balance and benefits. Work life balance was achievable because staff had very few expectations placed on them.

    Cons

    Leadership was autocratic. There was a false sense of collaboration, but decisions were made before anyone discussed them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some leadership training and and be real.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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