University of California Berkeley

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Great benefits and nice people, but disorganized

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Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Berkeley, CA
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Berkeley, CA

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.

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Assign supervisors to supervise employees whose tasks they understand.

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    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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    Not a great fit for someone who wants to move up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great students, great to work in the heart of the East Bay. Decent job security, and a wide variety of workshops and resources staff can use to enhance resumes.

    Cons

    A major downside to the job security at UC Berkeley is that many people do not leave. And many people who work here are no longer the most qualified candidates for their positions. The school lacks a focus on rising to the times, and so there is no urge to develop these veteran employees further. This leaves little room for ambitious newcomers to rise up on the food chain. Additionally, comparatively low wages continued to lower the staff morale. Many staff members have just checked out completely. There are no carrots, as bonuses have been frozen. There are no sticks, as it seems nearly impossible to lay off employees who are not fulfilling their job descriptions. It is very difficult for someone who wants to rise, succeed, and make a difference to work to their full potential and not feel like a chump.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start pulling out the weeds to create a more productive and efficient work environment for people who are being paid a lesser salary, but have so much untapped and unused potential.

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