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Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Postdoc at UCSF

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Good health insurance package, well-connected network of scientists.

    Cons

    San Fran is too expensive for this salary, no childcare package for postdocs at reduced rates; costs more than $2000 per month even in UCSF childcare. It is financially impossible to have 2 kids in childcare even if both the parents are working (as postdocs).


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great, intelligent people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are great.

    The work is challenging and always changing.

    It's wonderful to know you are contributing to such a valuable mission.

    Cons

    Huge obstacles of working within such a large institution.

    Academic university and Medical Center are not fully integrated, so there is a push and pull between the two entities.

    Staff career development is not a consistent priority.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to integrate the two sides of the institution to make a more unified workforce and to better align the incentives, then everyone can succeed together.


  3. Professor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor
    Current Employee - Professor

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    exciting working environment, good salary for tenured faculty, excellent pension

    Cons

    stress to perform high level research and obtain funding, cubersome beaurocy and regulatory rules

    Advice to Management

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  5. AAIII, UCSF Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AAIII in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - AAIII in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Job was close to home

    Cons

    Soul eroding incompetence in Management. They changed job descriptions at will. No training, low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring more middle management with integrity. Discontinue the practice of 'the darker your skin, the safer your job!'


  6. Helpful (1)

    Research Assisant ll

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dual Recovery Specialist in Vallejo, CA
    Former Employee - Dual Recovery Specialist in Vallejo, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work nice staff!

    Cons

    HIV studies need to have more funding.


  7. 10 years of hospital experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Love my job and have passion for helping people

    Cons

    stressful, patients are demanding, politics, etc.


  8. Postdoc

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It's one of the top medical schools around

    Cons

    They don't pay enough to live in SF


  9. Helpful (1)

    Bloated, slow-moving bureaucracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great research institution, incredible minds on the academic side.

    Cons

    Outside of the professors, postdocs, and students, it is rare to find people other than the "No" bureaucrat model. One has to pull teeth to get anything done, especially if a task requires multiple departments (e.g., HR and Payroll) to work together. It's maddening.

    Advice to Management

    Not much can be done. Any large bureaucracy is guaranteed to be a miserable place to work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Exciting Research. I have been working at UCSF full-time (More than 15 years)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Clinical Research in Sausalito, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Clinical Research in Sausalito, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Innovative progressive institution. Fabulous place to excel in cutting medical research, great benefits.

    Cons

    Low compensation for comparable position outside UCSF and slow and limited career growth potential. Hard to get raises, even with exemplary reviews and stellar job performance. Must ask and be proactive due to it being a public institution and the bureaucracy, politics, and constant budget issues.

    Advice to Management

    A stronger commitment to career advancement. More opportunities for growth within entire UCSF organization. More centralized culture to bring numerous campuses together.


  11. Clinical Trial Coordinator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company, great diversity, room to grow though you have to take your own initiative, good pension, and lots of great people.

    Cons

    A lot of red tape, sometimes rigid managers, slow to hire replacements, and low to moderate compensation

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear about steps it takes to get a project done.



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