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Despite low salary, the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship is good vehicle to transition into an academic position

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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Davis, CA
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Davis, CA

I have been working at University of California

Pros

Reputation, first and foremost. The UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship is one of the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowships in the United States. Your CV may go to a "better pile" when being considered for an academic position in the future. Theoretically, it also facilitates transition to tenured academic positions within the UC system, but lack of actual positions available for application ultimately make no difference for the fellow, who will likely and more easily get a job somewhere else outside the system. A great perk of this postdoctoral fellowship is that teaching is not allowed, leaving an unusual amount of time to advance research and publications. There are not many postdocs of this kind anywhere else. Program support for the fellows is very good (annual workshops, networking, etc.)

Cons

LOW salary. $41,200 in 2011, plus 4,000 in research funds (travel to conferences, translation services, educational materials, workshops, etc.). Considering the cost of life in California (especially rent), and the monthly financial weight of student loans (for those who have outstanding debt), the salary is more than tight. In fact, it is <very> tight.

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The leadership of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is excellent. They are really on top of fellows' needs, a well-oiled machine. However, UC in general, as an institution, is another story: day-to-day bureaucracy (for example, to get your expenses reimbursed) is a circuitous process that can really turn your nerves on.

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    A once good place to work that has been overtaken by overpaid, terrible executive and senior management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at University of California

    Pros

    Some people on the frontline doing actual work. Less and less of these numbers as new hires are pretty disappointing more often than not.

    Cons

    Terrible communication in that misleading (at the minimum and outright lies in some cases) communication is constantly spewed. Way too top heavy. While underlings are told to make due with less, top management is over-compensated with the famliiar refrain that we need to pay more to get and retain the best.

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    Nothing really because nothing will change unless a President is hired that is truly commited to higher education, rather than personal compensation. Look no further than that while student tuition has doubled in the tenure of the current administration, the President makes far more in total compensation than any previous leader.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    I learned some marketable skills but was discouraged with the slow pace.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at University of California

    Pros

    Stability. Friendly environment. Good benefit package. Relatively low-stress environment with cordial employees.

    Cons

    Less motivated atmosphere than other places I've worked. There was a limited potential for advancement.

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