UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
330 Reviews
3.5
330 Reviews
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Samuel Hawgood
12 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, excellent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good flexibility, benefits, diverse culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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
  3.  

    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

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for gaining experience

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

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

    Pros

    applicable research,
    hands on experience,
    good to get your foot in the door

    Cons

    difficult to commute from berkeley
    hard to do in conjunction with school

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lab Assistant II

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Great Mentorship. Science, and Community!

    Cons

    A lot of work all the time!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Choose your position wisely

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    salary not good

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    not busy, can learn some stuff

    Cons

    less money,, work kind of boring

  10.  

    Horrible PIs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SRA II
    Current Employee - SRA II

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Good people, good opportunities because of the university name

    Cons

    Psychopath PIs who barely show up to work. Extremely sexist and racist workplace with terrible human resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well most of them really shouldn't be managing people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for MDs, not PhDs

    • 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

    Pros

    Its in San Francisco, so there is that.

    Cons

    Selects for sociopaths to be P.I.s

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