UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
330 Reviews
3.5
330 Reviews
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Samuel Hawgood
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and a pension if you stay for your entire career (in 30 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is very important in some departments (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be difficult as one would expect for a clinical fellow (in 8 reviews)

  • Employees consistently work long hours, and turn-over is extremely high (especially in centralized areas) (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interesting and diverse work environment

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate III  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate III in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I previously worked in industry, and I have found that at UCSF I was quickly introduced to a wider variety of techniques and skills than in prior employment. The work is generally interesting and the postdocs and intelligent and energetic. I find that most staff members work regular hours and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    Job stability is a problem, since it is difficult to sustain reliable grant funding. The pay tends to be lower than in industry. Sometimes the principle investigators are less focused, quirkier and capable of managing than the research directors in industry, although this statement can be disputed, I am sure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management has to spend most of the time looking for funding in a decreasing pool of resources, making it difficult to focus or take risks. Try to maintain an interest in the science, rather than positioning towards the funding. Of course, this is difficult, and I don't envy you the responsibility.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Junior Specialist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Specialist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I worked here for 3 years. The intelligent and nice people make the working culture very comfortable and energetic.

    Cons

    have little chance to get the better position. a lot of talented person went to other places finally.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Postdoctoral fellow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Is a rewarding work environment for good science and collaborative work .
    Great benefits

    Cons

    The salary for postdocs is pittance considering the cost of living in sf being on the expensive side!

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Great science especially biological sciences

    Cons

    Housing problem, expensive, work balance

  6.  

    Work/Life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, freedom, nice people

    Cons

    limited career opportunities in academic environment

  7.  

    IT Engineer

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    Former Employee - IT Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good office culture

    Cons

    Lots of politics, limited training budget

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    Great People! Excellent work environment!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you are looking for a flexible and stable non-faculty or research career, UCSF is the place to be!

    Cons

    This varies by unit or departments you working, Because of the sheer size of UCSF, there isn't one common culture at UCSF, so each individual employee experience may vary. As with any non-profit/government job, the pay is less compared to the private-sector.

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    The most important mission in the world...advancing health worldwide

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    World-class medical school and research institution, many different disciplines and cultures offer myriad opportunities to do different kinds of work. Changing the way health care is practiced, working to cure disease.

    Cons

    Huge organization: each department is an island and highly matrixed, which can make it a difficult environment to navigate. Important areas of infrastructure (research administration, HR, IT) are not being provided sufficient resources to do an increasing amount of work, leading to frustration of both staff and customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build infrastructure to help support the research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Ph.D student

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    Current Employee - Ph D Student  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Ph D Student in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    UCSF Mission Bay has fantastic resources such as gym facilities, housing and general information on how to better navigate life in the Bay Area.

    Cons

    The graduate student salaries are not in line with the cost of living in SF. Thus, it can be very challenging to survive in the city (or in any commuter city)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An incredible place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful, intellectual environment. People are really willing to reward hard work, drive and curiosity.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, can be slow to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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