UC San Francisco
3.5 of 5 287 reviews
www.ucsf.edu San Francisco, CA 5000+ Employees

UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.5 287 reviews

                             

87% Approve of the CEO

UC San Francisco Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann

Susan Desmond-Hellmann

(102 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good benefits plus random discounts on things like City Car Share, Sports Basement, and others"
    in 26 reviews
  • "Work-life balance is very important in some departments"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "You can get the best annual reviews possible, but don't expect a promotion, or raise or good work-life balance"
    in 6 reviews
  • "People work long hours, not much guidance"
    in 10 reviews
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Overall, excellent.

Analyst III (Current Employee)

I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

ProsVery diverse work experience, excellent benefits.

ConsNo standardized raises for non-unionized positions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good universiity

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at UC San Francisco

Proseasy and laid back place to work

Consuniversity pay sucks but thats just how it is

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Good flexibility, benefits, diverse culture

Director (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat benefits, flexible schedule including telecommute options. Lots of opportunities to continue training and personal development, if you can find a way to carve out time to take advantage of these offerings.

ConsTends to have unclear promotion structure for administrative roles, and somewhat flat salaries. Currently understaffed in many areas, which has had an impact on overall moral.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind ways to recognize what staff are doing well - positive culture can do a lot towards making up for being overworked etc.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good for gaining experience

Assistant Researcher (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at UC San Francisco as an intern for more than a year

Prosapplicable research,
hands on experience,
good to get your foot in the door

Consdifficult to commute from berkeley
hard to do in conjunction with school

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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salary not good

Postdoctoral Scholar (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time for more than 3 years

Prosnot busy, can learn some stuff

Consless money,, work kind of boring

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good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at UC San Francisco

Prosthis is a world famous university conducting edge-cutting research. Good place to train future scientists.

Consthe pay for postdoc is too low compared to scientific research institute around the bay area. Some lab pay lower than the NIH standard.

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Good for MDs, not PhDs

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at UC San Francisco

ProsIts in San Francisco, so there is that.

ConsSelects for sociopaths to be P.I.s

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A great place if you don't mind never having a voice.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at UC San Francisco

ProsBenefits package, great research, highly sought after jobs, pension, retirement, some departments are good at patient care, some physicians care about their patients, great physical therapy program.

ConsClosed minded management, over worked and continuously angry employees. Management get paid exorbitant salaries to paw everything off on their staff who get paid less. Only a place that encourages advancement if you are going to be a doctor or nurse. Upper levels are terrible to administrative staff. No encouragement or incentives despite the high level of work.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay closer attention to the moral of your employees and the managers who run them. If your employees are not happy chances are the management sucks. Consider promoting people who influence and are open to change instead of punishing those people for speaking up for themselves.

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Mostly positive, but very different from industry, Certainly not run like a business.

Associate Specialist (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at UC San Francisco full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSmart people, easy commute. Good pension

Consstagnant pay unless you change jobs which is hard to do.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Used to be great, still trying desperately to hang onto that, faculty not really doing their jobs

"Postdoc" (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time for more than 5 years

ProsLots of people will be impressed that you work here, because of the past glory, multiple Nobel Prizes, and the healthcare coming out of the hospital. They have good facilities if you can get access to them through the bureaucracy.

You will meet some excellent co-workers who are also trapped in an essentially broken system and bond over shared pain.

ConsFaculty have no job responsibilities, if they decide to start a company and stop showing up, the school won't stop them.

Training is non-existent. You will do all the work, you will get none of the credit.

Cronyism & nepotism everywhere when hiring new people.

Racism, sexism, general harassment of anyone different is rampant and nobody wants to talk about it. You can sexually harass and bully your co-workers for years and nothing will happen to you.

Average faculty member is over 55 years old, white, male and a jerk.

Faculty are only managed by other faculty. See problems with faculty.

Grad students do almost everything but get none of the credit. Grad students & postdocs expected to work all the time with no time off. Faculty don't have time off because they don't really show up in the first place.

The compensation is awful for being the most expensive city in the USA. You will not get paid what you are worth unless you are one of the rich old white male faculty members. No cost-of-living adjustments for grad students or postdocs. You'd make the same at a school in Oklahoma.

The school really did have a great history, many people are trying to hold onto that, but it is getting out of hand very quickly. Faculty often leave for greener pastures, which would be great if they were replaced with new, young, energetic faculty. But they are replaced with old cronies.

Most faculty do a very poor job of helping you get a job once you are done. Expect to get by purely on the UCSF name.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your grad students & postdocs better. Require that faculty show up to their jobs and do them. If faculty start a company and start doing that instead of their teaching/mentoring/running the lab, fire them or reduce their pay.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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