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UC San Francisco Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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3.5 218 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

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Samuel Hawgood

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    A great place to do biomedical research, but not without its challenges.

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsUCSF is a great academic environment to do science. The atmosphere is highly collaborative. The strong biomedical emphasis and ties with biotech industry help make basic science research more relevant and translational.

    ConsUCSF suffers many of the same issues as other members of the UC system - the institution is highly bureaucratic and administrative processes are frustratingly inefficient/slow. Minimum pay for postdocs follows NIH guidelines, which makes survival in San Francisco a challenge.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for gaining experience

    Assistant Researcher (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Choose your position wisely

    Postdoctoral Scholar (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsUCSF has an excellent reputation and there are some wonderful people who work here.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementTrain 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Accounting (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Proslooks good on resume, that is it

    Conslack 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 Senior Managementchange AP management staff

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    salary not good

    Postdoctoral Scholar (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Prosnot busy, can learn some stuff

    Consless money,, work kind of boring

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    Mostly positive, but very different from industry, Certainly not run like a business.

    Associate Specialist (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsSmart people, easy commute. Good pension

    Consstagnant pay unless you change jobs which is hard to do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be great, still trying desperately to hang onto that, faculty not really doing their jobs

    "Postdoc" (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsLots of people will be impressed that you work here, because of the past glory, multiple Nobel Prizes, and the healthcare coming out of the hospital. They have good facilities if you can get access to them through the bureaucracy.

    You will meet some excellent co-workers who are also trapped in an essentially broken system and bond over shared pain.

    ConsFaculty have no job responsibilities, if they decide to start a company and stop showing up, the school won't stop them.

    Training is non-existent. You will do all the work, you will get none of the credit.

    Cronyism & nepotism everywhere when hiring new people.

    Racism, sexism, general harassment of anyone different is rampant and nobody wants to talk about it. You can sexually harass and bully your co-workers for years and nothing will happen to you.

    Average faculty member is over 55 years old, white, male and a jerk.

    Faculty are only managed by other faculty. See problems with faculty.

    Grad students do almost everything but get none of the credit. Grad students & postdocs expected to work all the time with no time off. Faculty don't have time off because they don't really show up in the first place.

    The compensation is awful for being the most expensive city in the USA. You will not get paid what you are worth unless you are one of the rich old white male faculty members. No cost-of-living adjustments for grad students or postdocs. You'd make the same at a school in Oklahoma.

    The school really did have a great history, many people are trying to hold onto that, but it is getting out of hand very quickly. Faculty often leave for greener pastures, which would be great if they were replaced with new, young, energetic faculty. But they are replaced with old cronies.

    Most faculty do a very poor job of helping you get a job once you are done. Expect to get by purely on the UCSF name.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your grad students & postdocs better. Require that faculty show up to their jobs and do them. If faculty start a company and start doing that instead of their teaching/mentoring/running the lab, fire them or reduce their pay.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place for research training and gaining experience to advance your career

    Associate Specialist (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsExcellent mentors, research collaborators, facilities on par with best Academic institution, Famous

    ConsHigh cost of living in SF, poor salary, extra hours of work that you have to put in

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    awesome

    Assistant Director (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Proscutting edge and a leader in use of technology

    Consadapting to culture and people

    Advice to Senior Managementvalue people

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    Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSF

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsLots going on.
    Some departments are growing - for example neuro

    ConsNo money... have to get a grant to stay there, and almost impossible to get a grant.
    Nothing changes... same ppl do almost the same studies over and over.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFund more, allow more grants to be submitted, more resources for young investigators.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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