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UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
362 Reviews
3.6
362 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and a pension if you stay for your entire career (in 35 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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  1.  

    Great job if you can get it

    Former Employee - Staff Nurse
    Former Employee - Staff Nurse

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Nurses get excellent compensation and benefits

    Cons

    beauracracy can get in the way of change

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interdisciplinary workplace at UCSF

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    UCSF has a great research environment and a very good infrastructure. This makes it easy to do research, form collaborations for scientific progress. Several eminent scientists, even Nobel laureates, work at UCSF and there are opportunities to interact with them, learn about their research, advice etc. UCSF has a very good interface with industry which gives postdocs a chance to hear about working in the industry. The office of career development at UCSF is available to postdocs to develop their career path.
    The lab environment is genial and give freedom to work at own pace.

    Cons

    Living in San Francisco is expensive. Compensation for postdocs compared to the work they put in is negligible. Work contracts for postdocs are only for 1 year which makes it difficult to plan ahead. Especially for international postdocs, many problems arise with having just a 1 year visa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UCSF should seriously consider paying their postdocs more. If this entails hiring fewer (but exceptional) postdocs, then they should do it.
    Once the capabilities of an employee are ascertained (one year from appointment), postdocs must be given longer contracts.
    The office of career development should provide more information/training for jobs outside academia and industry to postdocs.
    Alternatively, graduate students should be trained so that they can be qualified for other jobs after they graduate, that are outside academia or industry, e.g., science communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Large Medical Center

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco part-time

    Pros

    friendly environment, dedicated people, passionate workers, wonderful patients

    Cons

    bureaucracy, laziness in some staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Analyst II

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst II in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is fair. They support continued education. World-renowned. Former colleagues envied I had an opportunity to work at UCSF.

    Cons

    I was warned the pay is low. It is. Surprised my name and salary is posted online because it is a public institution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great research

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    World class biomedical research institute. Filled with driven, brilliant people who are also nice.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is deathly slow. Breaking into faculty positions is very difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Top research, medical education and patient care

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Work with some of the best and brightest in the medical field. Diverse patient population, world-class research, cutting-edge medicine. Outstanding training programs.

    Cons

    Excellent for trainees, very poor support of early career professionals. Attitude that you're so lucky to work at UC and live in San Francisco, that why should they pay you or be supportive in any other way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the early career professionals.

  8.  

    My coworkers were great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly and hardworking people, flexible work environment (in my lab). I appreciated being able to share my honest opinions and suggestions. Vendor shows and health fairs were fun and a good way to bring UCSF together. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Research salary was not that great so turnover rate for research associates can be high, depending on the lab. Not that many part time opportunities, some lab managements don't like it. Parking is hard (but that can be said for all of SF).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Smart people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    intellectual environment; excellent collaborators; Good science; career opportunties through industry forums etc; business clubs

    Cons

    Average pay; too much red tape; multiple campuses so getting around is a hassle

  10.  

    world class

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    world class, great faclities for sure

    Cons

    low pay could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start a school and support housing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning environment

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great team of passionate team members who work very hard to achieve goals. Effective communication and clear ideas of projects.

    Cons

    Not enough funding to provide living wage in San Francisco

    Recommends

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