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UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
366 Reviews
3.6
366 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Interesting and diverse work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  3.  

    great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Junior Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Specialist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I worked here for 3 years. The intelligent and nice people make the working culture very comfortable and energetic.

    Cons

    have little chance to get the better position. a lot of talented person went to other places finally.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Postdoctoral fellow

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Is a rewarding work environment for good science and collaborative work .
    Great benefits

    Cons

    The salary for postdocs is pittance considering the cost of living in sf being on the expensive side!

    Recommends
  6.  

    Good experience

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Great science especially biological sciences

    Cons

    Housing problem, expensive, work balance

  7.  

    very bad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    San Francisco, bay area, location

    Cons

    management intolerance, will not consider anyone not like them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    diversify to include ALL; not just your ilk

  8.  

    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 (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
  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 (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

    UC San Francisco Response

    Oct 7, 2014Communications Director

    FYI, effective Fall 2014, the UCSF Graduate Division has extended the parental leave period and now provides an additional four weeks of other paid leaves, plus two additional weeks of unpaid leave ... More

  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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

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