UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
345 Reviews
3.5
345 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 33 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is very important in some departments (in 15 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. 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 (more than an 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
  2. 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.

  3. 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 (more than an 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
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    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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    Good place to work.

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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 (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
  7.  

    Overall good place to work but depends on your department.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working there provided a good work/life balance, my boss was supportive and accommodating of time off and flexible hours. People in department were friendly and enjoyable to work with, though the overall mood was unhappy.

    Cons

    Change and progress moves at a snail's pace if at all. Definitely not a dynamic place to work. At the time everyone faced job uncertainty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain honest dialogue and veer from politician speak.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    good experience at UCSF

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    -Work community
    -Quality of research
    -networking
    -Benefit package

    Cons

    -compensation
    -Difficult to grow professionally

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty good as an employer but sloooow

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    Current Employee - Analyst V in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst V in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Varied jobs throughout the system and can gain much experience.

    Cons

    10% of people working too hard to cover for the other 90%. Slow to react, too many chiefs not enough Indians. Admin often too afraid to stand up and make the right decision if they think its going to be met with resistance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up and be heard Admin Managers. Yes you are admin if you don't have Dr. in front of your name....don't become a number or afraid to make an unpopular decision either to the admin staff or Dr's/ Faculty etc

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    overall good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    benefits, great place to work

    Cons

    low pay and poor managementr

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for research and medicine. Not so great if you're a staff member.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Analyst II in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Analyst II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with. The opportunity to feel really good about the effect of your work. It's easy to believe in the mission of advancing health.

    Cons

    Salary remains pretty stagnant after hire. Negotiate your starting wage well. Doctors tend to manage their groups and doctors are not trained in management. Although great people work there, they are not celebrated and there is little attention, time or resources devoted to growing talent within the organization (at the staff level).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that all people have potential and nurture it to maximize the return on your investment. Devote more time to training in the beginning and find ways for employees to spearhead projects that are of interest to them. Also, if some employees do not perform, you must manage them to correct this, don't just push the work on to the most productive member of your team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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