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UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
374 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and a pension if you stay for your entire career (in 36 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is very important in some departments (in 16 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 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent research and great collaborative atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities available through networking, good work-life balance, healthy work culture

    Cons

    Depending on employer, may have bad mentoring

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to grow as a scientist

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    great research great scientist perfect place to learn and do science.

    Cons

    All your colleagues are as good as you and are probably looking for a job too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Great place to work, management wants you to succeed

    Cons

    Not much room for salary growth within jobs, have to apply to a new job for a raise

    Recommends
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  5.  

    AMAZING

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Fellow
    Current Employee - Clinical Fellow

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

    Pros

    Amazing place to work!
    Great leadership
    Compensation
    Personal Growth
    New Tech

    Cons

    SF is so EXPENSIVE!!!!!
    Nothing wrong with the University

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great research

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    • 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.  

    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 a 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
  8.  

    An incredible place to work

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    • 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
  9. 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 (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.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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

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