UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Challenging but Fulfilling place to work.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Top notch colleagues, important mission, exciting time to work in medicine and biomedicine. Academic environment supports creativity.

    Cons

    Fiscal challenges UC is facing can lead to uncertainty or lack of resources to carry out mission. Pay for clinical work is lower than at other health care systems(Kaiser).

  2. Smart people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    intellectual environment; excellent collaborators; Good science; career opportunties through industry forums etc; business clubs

    Cons

    Average pay; too much red tape; multiple campuses so getting around is a hassle

  3. Large Medical Center

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

    I have been working at UC San Francisco part-time

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

    Pros

    friendly environment, dedicated people, passionate workers, wonderful patients

    Cons

    bureaucracy, laziness in some staff

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  5. world class

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    world class, great faclities for sure

    Cons

    low pay could be better

    Advice to Management

    start a school and support housing

  6. Great learning environment

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great team of passionate team members who work very hard to achieve goals. Effective communication and clear ideas of projects.

    Cons

    Not enough funding to provide living wage in San Francisco

  7. Analyst II

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

    I have been working at UC San Francisco as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance is fair. They support continued education. World-renowned. Former colleagues envied I had an opportunity to work at UCSF.

    Cons

    I was warned the pay is low. It is. Surprised my name and salary is posted online because it is a public institution.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Interdisciplinary workplace at UCSF

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    UCSF has a great research environment and a very good infrastructure. This makes it easy to do research, form collaborations for scientific progress. Several eminent scientists, even Nobel laureates, work at UCSF and there are opportunities to interact with them, learn about their research, advice etc. UCSF has a very good interface with industry which gives postdocs a chance to hear about working in the industry. The office of career development at UCSF is available to postdocs to develop their career path.
    The lab environment is genial and give freedom to work at own pace.

    Cons

    Living in San Francisco is expensive. Compensation for postdocs compared to the work they put in is negligible. Work contracts for postdocs are only for 1 year which makes it difficult to plan ahead. Especially for international postdocs, many problems arise with having just a 1 year visa.

    Advice to Management

    UCSF should seriously consider paying their postdocs more. If this entails hiring fewer (but exceptional) postdocs, then they should do it.
    Once the capabilities of an employee are ascertained (one year from appointment), postdocs must be given longer contracts.
    The office of career development should provide more information/training for jobs outside academia and industry to postdocs.
    Alternatively, graduate students should be trained so that they can be qualified for other jobs after they graduate, that are outside academia or industry, e.g., science communication

  9. Hard work, looks good on CV, low compensation

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great institute with excellent infrastructure that has the possibility to give you lots of valuable experience.
    Large community with great opportunity to meet peers. Lots of collaboration between groups and Pis
    Flexible hours, if you want to.
    Good benefits (vacation, sick days, health insurance etc.)

    Cons

    Long hours, with low compensation in relation to what is expected of you. Very hard to make a living in San Francisco with this salary level.

  10. Great research

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    World class biomedical research institute. Filled with driven, brilliant people who are also nice.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is deathly slow. Breaking into faculty positions is very difficult.

  11. Top research, medical education and patient care

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Work with some of the best and brightest in the medical field. Diverse patient population, world-class research, cutting-edge medicine. Outstanding training programs.

    Cons

    Excellent for trainees, very poor support of early career professionals. Attitude that you're so lucky to work at UC and live in San Francisco, that why should they pay you or be supportive in any other way.

    Advice to Management

    Support the early career professionals.

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