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Excellent, representing under-served communities!

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Grad Assistant in Berkeley, CA
Current Employee - Grad Assistant in Berkeley, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

UC Berkeley is a great place to network. It allows one to be free and find oneself, especially all the undergrad students, while having first class resources at hands reach.

Cons

Public university that seems to be alternating to a soon to be private university. Very competitive, a doggy dog world before the real world.

Advice to Management

Very good place to receive leadership experience. Very intelligent people to work with.

Other Employee Reviews for University of California Berkeley

  1. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits and nice people, but disorganized

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits, vacation/sick leave and work/life balance are fantastic and there are a lot of employee perks. Also, the coworkers were great and the students are smart and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Processes are disorganized and there is a lack of communication between departments who need to work together. It's very hard to advance in your career (and pay is low) unless you transfer into a different campus department than the one you work in. Another problem is that when people leave, if a department can't afford to hire someone new, the lower level people have to divide the work of the person that left and accomplish those tasks in addition to their current ones. Supervisors also end up having to supervise people whose tasks they aren't familiar with.

    Advice to Management

    Assign supervisors to supervise employees whose tasks they understand.


  2. I am a postdoc in biological sciences at Berkeley

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    With the new union, the salary is commensurate with NIH levels. There is a decent amount of support filling out health care options and learning about other benefits through HR and the VSPA. They have just started a number of programs designed to help with academic job searches and applying for grants.

    Cons

    The graduate union at Berkeley prohibits postdocs from teaching or TAing. If you want additional teaching experience, you need to go outside the UC System (eg community college or SF state). There is little to no support for jobs outside of academia. There is little or no support if you are having conflicts within your lab or within the department (though think this is pretty standard for universities). The career center is much more focused on the undergrads than on post grad job searches.


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