UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. UCSF is Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good research environment, great faculty, nice place to be. Good research equipment

    Cons

    Lots of disconnect between different departments, sometimes hard to find the correct person to do the job you need done.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate departments and reduce red tape for procedural things such as animal work, payroll, ordering, etc.


  2. Clinical Research Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Surrounded by academics and opportunities to learn and attend lectures. Great benefits including health insurance and retirement plan.

    Cons

    Salary is average and upper management can be difficult to work with when changing job description or asking for a pay raise.

    Advice to Management

    More competitive salary and an increase in tuition reimbursement would help with employee retention in research coordinator positions. Especially helpful when taking on longitudinal studies.


  3. Great if you plan to go to med/dental school or pursue a PhD.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mentorship, network with top level physician scientists, great vacation (3 weeks!) and benefits, collaborative environment

    Cons

    Salary, work-life balance, no career advancement, often expected to take on responsibilities outside of one's job. If you want this to be a career, then it is hopeless with long hours and extremely high expectations for ridiculously low pay.


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  5. Analyst III

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They have Great benefits and retirement

    Cons

    Lots of budget cuts in past yeat


  6. Post Doc

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Great place to conduct research and cultivate connections. Great lab facilities and personnel. Cutting edge research.

    Cons

    The price of living has gone up substantially. Although UCSF offers great health benefits, the pay scale for postdocs is horrible.


  7. UCSF - School of Dentistry

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and welcoming. I love working in the city and the diversity makes me feel a lot happier whenever I go to work. Great pay, even for a temporary position.

    Cons

    commute to the city is difficult and getting more expensive. Traveling for an hour one-way just to make minimum wage is frustrating, so most of my paycheck goes towards commute.


  8. Great environment, too much bureaucracy...

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst I in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst I in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great retirement benefits if you stay your entire career, decent entry level salary (though cost of living increase makes this negligible), awesome people and networking if you find the right mentors, free transportation options between work sites, great place to explore research interests if you have the right faculty/administrators supporting you

    Cons

    Inflexible regarding unpaid/family time off and time out of the office and schedules depending on your department, very expensive parking on site with no adjustments based on income, inefficient bureaucracy that takes a lot of time and administrators, lack of work space in older buildings for new staff members, lack of staff development, very difficult to be reclassified or receive pay increases


  9. Helpful (1)

    Postdoc at UCSF

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    • 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).


  10. Professor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor
    Current Employee - Professor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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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  11. Helpful (1)

    Great, intelligent people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    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.



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