UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
338 Reviews
3.5
338 Reviews
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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.  

    great

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    Former Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    large complex systems, interesting challenges

    Cons

    politics of large complex organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Great people

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    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 for less than a 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    Don't work for UCSF.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    decent wages; great for medical research

    Cons

    HR department and management are awful towards employees. The payroll department made numerous mistakes on my paycheck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great research labs, terrible university support

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

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

    Pros

    The research labs and faculty are fantastic. The environment is collaborative and stimulating.

    Cons

    The university does not help graduate students deal with high price of living. Limited housing, daycare is impossible to get, and student health insurance is severely limited and very expensive for dependents. F you plan to start a family or establish savings during the 5+ years it takes to get a PhD I would recommend another grad school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider that graduate students and post- docs are the people actually doing the research. Treat them better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    UCSF labs and its spirit of collaboration make it a worthwhile place to do research, despite administrative red tape.

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    UCSF is a small institution, so it's easy to meet and collaborate with researchers in other labs. The lab culture is relaxed but the science is top-notch.

    Cons

    There are no clear time-off policies for graduate student researchers. The maternity/paternity leave is only 6 weeks, which seems to short. The administration is very baroque and bureaucratic, and can be a constant source of frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the institution is desperately in need of more transparent administrative dealings, particularly when in comes to their dealings with graduate student researchers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Work/Life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, freedom, nice people

    Cons

    limited career opportunities in academic environment

  11.  

    Interesting and diverse work environment

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

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

    Pros

    I previously worked in industry, and I have found that at UCSF I was quickly introduced to a wider variety of techniques and skills than in prior employment. The work is generally interesting and the postdocs and intelligent and energetic. I find that most staff members work regular hours and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    Job stability is a problem, since it is difficult to sustain reliable grant funding. The pay tends to be lower than in industry. Sometimes the principle investigators are less focused, quirkier and capable of managing than the research directors in industry, although this statement can be disputed, I am sure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management has to spend most of the time looking for funding in a decreasing pool of resources, making it difficult to focus or take risks. Try to maintain an interest in the science, rather than positioning towards the funding. Of course, this is difficult, and I don't envy you the responsibility.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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