University of California Berkeley

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Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in UC Berkeley, CA
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in UC Berkeley, CA

I worked at University of California Berkeley

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

-Great if you want to squeeze by with doing the bare minimum.
-Great if you want to stay a long time and have a stable income, but do not have ambitions to advance.
-Academic environment, if you like to attend lectures and frequent libraries
-Can be fun if you like to work with students

Cons

-Raises are given out equally, regardless of performance
-Cannot get fired, ever. This can be great if you want to do the bare minimum, but also means the ambitious employees leave for the corporate world. This means you'll be working with a lot of people who have been around for a long time, and are either there because they need something stable but not too challenging, or because they like doing the bare minimum without retribution. It can be very frustrating to get results from colleagues.
-Getting anything innovative done will be slow and blocked at every level. Berkeley is big, bureaucratic, and thinks it's the best university in the world (even if other's don't agree). There's no motivation to change.
-Middle managers and exempt employees get away with almost anything, including sometimes 4 hour workdays or taking vacations even at the busiest of times.
-Union employees can basically do whatever they want past probation because of the well-meaning laws in place to [overly] protect workers.
Upper management, in my experience, is reasoned but detached from the reality of what happens in their units. Most are professors, some of whom have gone straight through the Ph.D. track without ever working an administrative job.
-Very little staff development. No tuition reimbursement or ability to take classes like at other universities.

Advice to Management

-Don't be inept and make decisions on a whim without communication to employees.
-Don't be afraid to speak to employees for poor behavior.
-Do 360 performance reviews, and investigate beyond what middle management touts their department to be

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  1. truly unique position and experience

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Security Coordinator in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Security Coordinator in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -unique position and great experience getting to manage a staff of 30 individuals and maintaining dorm security
    -close to campus
    -very flexible schedule
    -not excessively micro-managed
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    -great to have coworkers that are shourly wage rate

    Cons

    -compensation reduced from free accommodations (food/housing = roughly 1200) a month to an hourly wage $14.50/hr
    -some months are busier than others resulting in variable work intensity and salary per month

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. UC Berkeley, a great place to work at

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst III
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst III

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Berkeley helps balance professional career and family needs. As a parent for 2 young girls, this is really important. UC Berkeley offers good benefits. Workload is medium compared to some software companies. Management team values career development and has developed many flexible programs for employees to take advantage of. I also like the beautiful campus, libraries. Public transportation is convenient. Job is stable.

    Cons

    The salary is relatively low. Recently all UCs are in some kind of budget crisis. No stock options for sure.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the state funding to ensure the quality of UC system.


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