UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
328 Reviews
3.5
328 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great, friendly environment

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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    The best research institute, a lot of opportunities to learn new things but stressful

    Cons

    need to be independent and learn by yourself. People expect you to know and

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is great and awesome

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Staff Research Associate II

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    -very bright people
    -opportunity to learn new things
    -a lot of people willing to share ideas and train others
    -interesting talks and seminars
    -easy going environment

    Cons

    -little pay with a lot of responsibilities
    -very slow to no promotion
    -A lot of unhappy SRAs, to the point were UCSF needs to host external surveys and events to boost morale

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    UCSF postdoc

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Smart but nice people as colleagues.

    Cons

    Professors have too many other obligations. Many of them are not present in lab most of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on mentoring graduate students and postdocs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience but grant-funded positions can be tenuous

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    Former Employee - Analyst III  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst III in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I had two different jobs as an analyst at UCSF and they differed widely. An employee's experience will vary depending on management style of the PI.

    Cons

    In the positions I held, there was no room for career growth.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Cutting edge biomedical research including a number of nobel prize winners. Good benefits and a pension if you stay for your entire career.

    Cons

    Lower salaries, incompetent HR staff, bureaucracy, slow promotions, unstable funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help with securing grants so scientists can keep staff longer. Reward people on merit instead of number of years of service. Teach scientist some management skills to avoid conflicts.

  7.  

    Great institution, my unit has issues

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Msp  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Msp in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    UCSF is a wonderful institution--great school, great people, would preferentially seek treatment there.

    Cons

    Insufficient support and service staff, extremely hierarchical management structure that make for inefficiencies and blame that trickles downwards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read "Good to Great"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good things to learn and to explore

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst III  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst III in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    A lot of things to learn and to see regarding technology for the healthcare industry. A good opportunity to create new things and provide value to the patient comunity

    Cons

    Things tend to move really slow because of all the politics in the University.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by really good researchers. There are a lot of great speakers and interesting talks.
    Good benefits and free shuttles to various UCSF locations.

    Cons

    Depending on the department you work in, HR service is not really helpful when you are in need.
    As a research associate in a very small lab, it was difficult to have a promotion or a raise but you can get a lot of responsabilities.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Political minefield -- average employee doesn't have a prayer

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    Former Employee - Analyst II  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    * Institution highly regarded in cutting edge health research
    * Patients have a good experience there
    * Opportunity to work with highly intelligent people
    * No expectation of overtime; minimal effort acceptable
    * Good benefits

    Cons

    * Overall, a very employee unfriendly place
    * Zero career path
    * No raises if you're not in a union
    * Politics are off the charts - nearly impossible to be on the winning side
    * Your performance as an employee is irrelevant; you will never see a pay raise whether you do your job well or poorly
    * Highly bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rate employees by objective performance standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate I
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate I

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

    Pros

    Usually 9 to 5 job. Co-workers are fun to work. It's a temporary job. You can get published.

    Cons

    Pay is average, but not enough to live in the city. There is no opportunity to move up as an SRA. People leave every year around May/June to move on to post-graduate training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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