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Helpful (1)

used to be a better place to work.

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Current Employee - Administrative Analyst in Berkeley, CA
Current Employee - Administrative Analyst in Berkeley, CA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

the intellectual environment is great! i have the opportunity to work closely with professors and their research, and to sit in on classes i'm interested in. there is an energy and passion that isn't always apparent in the private sector. work/life balance is very good, with a lot of flexibility in schedule and work style.

Cons

low comparative pay, advancement opportunities are lacking. budget issues are bringing down staff morale, especially when the salaries and benefits for professors keeps increasing, yet staff salaries remain flat. this model is not sustainable. relative isolation in job duties, since so much is decentralized. things are done differently in many departments and units on campus.

Advice to Management

recognize that without a world-class staff the world-class faculty can not function.

Other Employee Reviews for University of California Berkeley

  1. easy-going place.

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    Current Employee - Public Relations in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Public Relations in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    people are great. the work environment is relaxed. there is nothing really wrong with berkeley as an employer. Well, that depends on what department you work in. As with most universities, there is a huge bureaucracy and sometimes it can be easy to get lost in behind all the red tape. But besides that, people are some of the most easy going you'll ever meet. It is definitely an easy gig if you are in the office most of the day. The campus is most definitely an enjoyable work environment. Feel stressed? take a walk outside in the woods. great.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy. Sometimes it will take forever to get anything done. You have to wait for the higher ups to give the ok. And with that, sometimes they don't even know who you are which can definitely be a drag sometimes. The operations at berkeley are usually small, you work with a small group of people. So although the campus is quite large, you don't usually interact with many of the people in other departments--people usually do their own things. It can be lonely. I don't know how it would be in the corporate world, but you'd probably be around more people.

    Advice to Management

    be more personable.


  2. Helpful (2)

    You can't get fired

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get good benefits package and a retirement pension once you have vested at least 5-years of service. Nice campus to walk around during breaks. Hard to get fired since it's a public job.

    Cons

    State budget cuts are really hurting UC Berkeley. There have been no raises or annual increases. The unions on campus are too powerful on campus and they keep whining. I know other Programmer Analysts that technically don't know much, yet they are overpaid because they hopped on during the tech boom. You never see salaries go down, so these lucky bastards get to keep their high salaries. Hard to get fired. Too much emphasis on diversity, which actually creates work problems. Don't hire someone based on their skin color. Hire them because they can get the job done! There are also some lazy staff people around campus. Kind of what you would expect at a public job.

    Advice to Management

    Don't cave into those unions!


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