UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
298 reviews filtered by
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
3.5
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Samuel Hawgood
26 Ratings

Pros
  • Good benefits package (PTO, healthcare) (in 36 reviews)

  • Work Life Balance, Phenomenal Research you feel that you are part of a institute that is making radical changes in Health Care/ medicine (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be difficult as one would expect for a clinical fellow (in 8 reviews)

  • People work long hours, not much guidance (in 11 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

298 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Analyst I in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Analyst I in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like working in Pediatrics doing administrative work for a team of doctors, it gives me a good feeling to know I'm contributing to heal children and their families indirectly. This job makes use of the skills I've used my whole career and I feel appreciated. The benefits are good, mandatory retirement plan, cheap health insurance cost for a good plan, vacation and sick pay, and convenient location with parking.

    Cons

    The pay is lower than the last jobs I've had and I don't think comparable with salary in the private sector. The bureaucracy in getting things approved through all the departments and to actually deal with so many people and take so much time to get things done if it involves different departments. Sometimes so slow to effect the solution you need.

    Advice to Management

    The bureaucracy of getting things approved and changed if it involves different departments is too time consuming and there should be more streamlined processes.


  2. pos-doc

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

    Pros

    Great scientists, environment, culture, insurance

    Cons

    Management, compensation, work to life balance


  3. Postdoc

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great academics, well-structured departments, good resources, and one of the best career development center for postdocs

    Cons

    Fellows with MD get preferential treatment in research labs, in some departments senior investigators dominate, as in most institutions, poor oversight of postdoc rights

    Advice to Management

    make investigators more accountable for postdoc rights and development


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. State Budget issues

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UC San Francisco (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great location, staff friendly, my particular area was undergoing several issues that were unpleasant, culminating with a change in Associate Director; great staff medical benefits, low compays and low out of pocket

    Cons

    So many issues from State Budget cuts, help to employees facing unfair treat the not forthcoming and dependent on whoever answers you in HR.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to staff concerns, keep the good EAP services and provide more help to staff getting laid off for a dept loss of funds, currently no help there


  6. Working as a research associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The brand name of UCSF. Whatever you do after this working at UCSF will always be an advantage while seeking your next job. Getting to stay in the Bay area with good weather and other job opportunities. Best place to stay if you are even remotely interested in starting up later.

    Cons

    Considering the living expenses in San Francisco and the Bay, the salary is terribly low.You will have no savings at all. UCSF does not pay for any professional development courses you wish to do or that will help in your professional growth. There is no option of getting housing at UCSF for research associates and staying in the city is ridiculously expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the pay keeping the rent and living expenses in mind. Provide housing facilities to employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Human Resources Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    UCSF attracts and employs world-class faculty and has some of the world's brightest thinkers in medicine, dentistry and overall research. UC still has a pension although it is less robust for new hires. Benefits are still decent but UC decreases its contributions each year.

    Cons

    Human resources administration is a nightmare. Systems are laughably outdated and processes are still very manual and antiquated. HR analysts no matter what level do the same work. They just support different departments. The work is not truly HR, instead work is funneled through a ticketing system and assigned to generalists. It's glorified admin work. And sadly, there is a severe lack of forward thinkers in HR, its counterparts in benefits and payroll and other supporting departments. It can be very challenging working with an aging population who think in black and white terms and has the mentality of an admin versus a true analyst who can look at the big picture and come to a logical conclusion versus someone who must be given exact directions in order to perform even the most simple actions. Constant reorganization in the name of Operational Excellence has sent many employees fleeing because there is no transparency or communication around the changes. Moral is extremely poor. Those who are sticking through it fall into two categories; those who are happy doing what they are told because they have been doing it for years or those who would lose too much by leaving with regards to their pension. HR management does not seem to mind that people are leaving in droves. There is an attitude that anyone can be replaced. There are very limited opportunities for advancement. Feedback for process improvement is often request but when it's given, it's ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Realize and acknowledge that reorganization is not going well. Communicate your intentions and plans to your employees. Value your employees. Streamlining and improving process must be a priority.


  8. Review from a Postdoctoral Fellow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    UCSF is a top-notch medical university with access to unlimited resources for procuring grant funding and conducing research. UCSF provides numerous training and career planning activities for postdoctoral fellows.

    Cons

    UCSF has a highly competitive and siloed work environment. It is not always conducive to collaboration. Many high-profile researchers have little time to mentor students. Great work environment for highly motivated and self-directed postdocs.

    Advice to Management

    Set clear benchmarks and requirements for mentorship of postdoctoral scholars. Increase funding for postdoctoral scholars. Make more affordable campus housing options to postdoctoral scholars.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Executive Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Great amount of time off, all school holidays. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Just like any job some departments are better than others. If you are in a department where most people have been there for over 15 years run.


  10. 60% Bad-40% Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Diversity, speckled cutting edge academics; open culture

    Cons

    Severely lacking pay to responsibility ratio, especially as one progresses; dodgy promotion/pay increase regardless of demonstrable contribution; ego

    Advice to Management

    Put more stock in the staff scientists as they are the blood and sweat of most RO1's or at least match cost of living in SF.


  11. Interim Staffing Positions

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

    I have been working at UC San Francisco as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Partial Benefits, health but no dental or vision

    Cons

    Can be very political depending on department. Some very unstable people in management

    Advice to Management

    Anonymously audit departments by using interim staffing placements



Showing 298 of 481 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.