UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
329 Reviews

3.5
329 Reviews
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Samuel Hawgood
11 Ratings

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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  1.  

    A large, cumbersome institution; depending on your Dept./team, etc., it could be awesome or pure frustration.

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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 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are good and at least in my case the work/life balance was solid; the majority of your co-workers will be great. Amazing research and innovation in the life sciences.

    Cons

    A huge organization which is not very agile; it takes tremendous effort to move anything forward. Inevitable politics and egos. A sizeable number of middle managers could be let go and it would not be noticed - plus the $$ saved would be considerable. Little to no training for administrative staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interim Chancellor Hawgood is certainly up to the task of being Chancellor, although a search is on to find the successor to Susan Desmond-Hellmann. That search will take months, as the target candidate pool is probably not a large one, and allegedly there should be some sort of sizzle factor to the choice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, excellent.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good flexibility, benefits, diverse culture

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible schedule including telecommute options. Lots of opportunities to continue training and personal development, if you can find a way to carve out time to take advantage of these offerings.

    Cons

    Tends to have unclear promotion structure for administrative roles, and somewhat flat salaries. Currently understaffed in many areas, which has had an impact on overall moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to recognize what staff are doing well - positive culture can do a lot towards making up for being overworked etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great place to do biomedical research, but not without its challenges.

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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

    UCSF is a great academic environment to do science. The atmosphere is highly collaborative. The strong biomedical emphasis and ties with biotech industry help make basic science research more relevant and translational.

    Cons

    UCSF suffers many of the same issues as other members of the UC system - the institution is highly bureaucratic and administrative processes are frustratingly inefficient/slow. Minimum pay for postdocs follows NIH guidelines, which makes survival in San Francisco a challenge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good universiity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    easy and laid back place to work

    Cons

    university pay sucks but thats just how it is

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Choose your position wisely

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    UCSF has an excellent reputation and there are some wonderful people who work here.

    Cons

    The pay for most does not take into account the cost of living in San Francisco.

    The PIs are not trained, or encourage to train, as managers so their people skills are almost non-existent. They offer little or no career development advice, instead they are paranoid about getting funding. Staff in the labs have no way to voice concerns, as their success is coupled to that of their PIs.

    HR is slow and often ineffective. Operational excellent has severely damaged the personal touch of UCSF.

    Too many reports of bullying, sexual harassment, racism, homophobia for a progressive institution. PIs seem to be able to bully etc without fear of repercussion. The "little man" takes all of the blame. Senior PIs bully their way out of complying with university policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your PIs and have their training rated by their staff and observed for at least 3 years after appointment. Have all postdocs and graduate students offered tutors not in the same department as the PI to offer advice and moral support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Research – Top Heavy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Health care benefits
    - Pension plan
    - Well known University
    - Mission Bay nice location

    Cons

    - Very top heavy with to many directors in the staff
    - No enough support to staff
    - To much politics to produce innovative work
    - Everybody has his or her own agenda
    - No room for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management pick on their subordinates, bottom feeders are left to waste

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

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

    Pros

    looks good on resume, that is it

    Cons

    lack of potential growth, low pay, treat employees badly. wrong choices for managers. very bad training methods. Work is easy but managers make it difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change AP management staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great programs, horrible pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Feel like you're making a difference, and the faculty quite engaging

    Cons

    UC system does not reward hard work, tries to keep HR costs down by any means

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise freezes do not keep high quality performers

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

    salary not good

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    not busy, can learn some stuff

    Cons

    less money,, work kind of boring

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