UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
336 Reviews
3.5
336 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 32 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is very important in some departments (in 13 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.  

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People! Excellent work environment!

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    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.

  3. 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Consultant

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

    I have been working at UC San Francisco as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing resources and mentors, world-class research taking place, great people, lots of interesting events going on all the time, great benefits, learning and training opportunities

    Cons

    Administration is so time consuming, as with any academic organization, but there are a lot of processes that should not be as hard as they are, such as ordering supplies.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, excellent.

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    Current Employee - Analyst III
    Current Employee - Analyst III

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Very diverse work experience, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    No standardized raises for non-unionized positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for gaining experience

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

    I have been working at UC San Francisco as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    applicable research,
    hands on experience,
    good to get your foot in the door

    Cons

    difficult to commute from berkeley
    hard to do in conjunction with school

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lab Assistant II

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Great Mentorship. Science, and Community!

    Cons

    A lot of work all the time!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to begin

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    I worked for a clinical trial and it was a good learning opportunity and the benefits are good

    Cons

    u don't get paid a lot even though you are in california, one of the most expensive states

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    UCSF

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Great health care, nice people.

    Cons

    HR is kinda slow and takes a while.

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