UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
329 Reviews

3.5
329 Reviews
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Samuel Hawgood
11 Ratings

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    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.

  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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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
  3.  

    Ph.D student

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    Research Assistant - UCSF, Mission Bay

    Former Employee - Assistant Researcher  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Researcher in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, interesting research, driven coworkers, takes care of employees well. There is a lot of prestige when working here.

    Cons

    My P.I. couldn't have honestly cared less about his employees unless they were post-docs, or had two letters following their name.

    Recommends
  6.  

    An incredible place to work

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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 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good environment for science if you are in the right department with the right boss.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Specialist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Good scientific environment. Plenty of good people to talk to.

    Cons

    Pay level is not nearly high enough to survive with a family in the bay area. The university is resistant to promotion even when the boss advocates for it. Lab heads can be autocratic and not careful about science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior support staff with high degrees of experience, advanced degrees, and a record of major contributions to their scientific field don't always get paid well. I would be getting paid far more now if I had never attended graduate school and did a postdoc, and I would have the savings of all those years in my 401k.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    _____ Assistant 1

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    Former Employee - ___ Assistant I  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - ___ Assistant I in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Start 3 weeks of vacation per year
    Full benefits for 50‰ and above
    Excellent job security
    Fantastic Benefits package
    Great opportunities for career advancement

    Cons

    Because there is good job security, there's a lot of 'dead wood' who have been there for years, can't get rid of them so they make everybody's work life around them miserable. If you are homophobic, do NOT work here because a great many of your co-workers are either open or closed homosexual. Never had an issue with it but can see it if someone does.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit with the stupid workshops and meetings so you can say you have them in order to give the impression you are 'employee centered' because those are a waste of time and money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I had a great experience working there

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

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

    Pros

    It was a great opportunity to work with and learn from people that were experts in their field. The work was meaningful and I learned a lot from the position. The environment was very accomodating, allowing for flexible hours, telecommuting, and the position did not require overtime.

    Cons

    Of course the salary at a university is not going to be close to what the salary would be in industry.

    Recommends
  10.  

    UCSF is a good place to work for beginners.

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Approachable staff
    - Good part time job
    -Interesting work

    Cons

    - Not very organized
    - Growth is limited
    - Not a fast pace environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Add more full time employees to improve the success of programs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good university to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 full-time

    Pros

    Working for UCSF will give you skills and experiences that you can use outside of research administration. There are also a lot of opportunities to get promoted if this is the right field for you.

    Cons

    The technology at UCSF is not updated. The reporting system that UCSF uses is very slow and not very efficient. Most of UCSF still used manually updated excel spreadsheets for reports.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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