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UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
373 Reviews
3.6
373 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 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 for learning. Not for career.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn. Supportive mentors.

    Cons

    Bad place for career growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    prelim

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

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

    Pros

    great place for biotech research

    Cons

    large firm with in house politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep working the system, overall a grreat company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Helen Diller cancer center -- great community, mediocre resources

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    • 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

    Pros

    The Helen Diller Cancer Center at Mission Bay has dozens of excellent labs, all thematically organized around cancer. The building also hosts excellent seminar speakers during the fall/winter/spring. It's easy to collaborate, learn a technique, or borrow supplies from your colleagues.

    Cons

    Like the other UC campuses, UCSF doesn't have a lot of money. The core facilities in particular seem underfunded compared to Stanford. There is also a lot of bureaucratic red tape that slows things down any time you want to do something, like hire a tech or apply for a grant. Postdocs are paid the NIH minimum salary, but that's not much compared to the cost of living in SF.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 an 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
  7.  

    Hardest job you will ever love

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    unparalleled pay and benefits; interesting work always

    Cons

    it always depends on the leadership team whether or not you have a good experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Upper management is cutting headcount like it's going out of style.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are OK, but those are not as good as they use to be and are diminishing as much as upper management can get away with it.

    Cons

    Upper management is trying to run the UC/Medical Center like it Corp. America. The employees dislike the upper management and live in fear of their position each day. Like working for General Patton. Upper management are friends from previous employers and play favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to run the Univ. and Med. Center like it's a a Fortune 500 company. The contractors are taking over and the employees concept is fading away. That's the new management style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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
  10.  

    Academia

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Great institution full of brilliant minds/projects

    Cons

    It is academia, not planning on buying a ferrari anytime soon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to lower management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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 an 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

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