UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
345 Reviews
3.5
345 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and a pension if you stay for your entire career (in 33 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is very important in some departments (in 15 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It's great institute, met a lot of talented people.

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

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart postdocs from all over the world. Learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    Depend on the PI, my group was very research orientated, no time for career exploration.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Staff Research Associate II

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, high quality research. Researchers are intelligent and engaged in their work, you can learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    Pay is low for San Francisco living, bureaucratic system can be a headache.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Hr admin assist

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse Friendly people who seek competitive jobs

    Cons

    Heavy politics within the capmuses

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  5.  

    UCSF

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Culture, senior leadership, work life balance

    Cons

    Career opportunities, promotions, salary, benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    great place to work

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    Former Employee - Assistant Adjunct Professor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Adjunct Professor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    large interesting projects with interestingco workers

    Cons

    politics sometimes were somewhat challengng

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate I in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate I in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was working on a contract as a software programmer, and generally the people are interesting and fun to work with. Whether your experience is good depends on which group you work in, but the one I worked with provided a relatively good life/work balance, and did not mind that I worked from home on some days. The university is filled with many talented people, and I learned very much from my experience.

    Cons

    The pay and benefits could be better and it can take bureaucracy a long time to do anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not very much, except that the pay could be better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A great place to earn a PhD.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    The faculty pool is large, scientifically diverse, and generally well funded.

    Cons

    The salaries are not scaled to the local cost of living.

  9.  

    UC Analyst

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    Current Employee - Analyst IV in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst IV in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Provides a variety of positions and opportunities for people who want a change or who want to move up and even for those who want stability and consistency.

    Cons

    The last few years, the benefits and retirement package has been on a steady downgrade. Advancing in your current job/department can be slow. People who are willing to move within the University will probably find themselves advancing faster than those who stay in one department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rewarding good employees with promotions or incentives will help keep morale up within the department and increase productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to do science, good resources.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Great place to do science, good resources.

    Cons

    Securing funding is always competitive and difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Number of papers does not indicate the quality of science done. Better metrics for success needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    One of the best, and most frustrating, places to work.

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    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good benefits, and the chance to contribute to world-changing medical research and healthcare.

    Cons

    Lackluster pay, highly political (very much of an "old boys network" feel), and many cross-departmental departments (e.g HR, IT) are now very inefficient due to poorly implemented centralization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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