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UC San Francisco Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
263 Reviews
3.6
263 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and a pension if you stay for your entire career (in 36 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is very important in some departments (in 16 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 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great university with lots of upward mobility.

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    A challenging environment, lots of ways to collaborate with other investigators and their teams, and easy to move from team to team to find a right fit.

    Cons

    Compensation is low, but is on par with the rest of the industry. Most PIs expect you to work more than 40hr/wk and to be very dedicated to what you are studying, although this is not necessarily a Con for all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation and benefit augmentation would show staff that they are appreciated. Setting clear guidelines early on about how many hours of work are expected would help those who feel that they cannot commit to 60-80hr work weeks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place for postdocs to grow into professional scientists.

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    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)

    Pros

    A lot of career development and exploration opportunities for post-docs. Great benefits thanks to the UC postdoc union. Facilities for research are outstanding. There are a lot of shared core facilities in the various campuses with outstanding equipment to facilitate cutting edge research. Collaborations with hospitals and other partners allow us to translate our research a lot easier.

    Cons

    Cost of living in San Francisco, transportation, having to move from campus to campus for seminars, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great exposure to the real world.

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    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of research positions open to new college grads with minimal experience.

    Cons

    Career development without a secondary degree is difficult since most people who are hired will move on to graduate school or a biotech company.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    UCSF is a strong organization, well known for the quality of our work and research.

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst III in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst III in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Name recognition and high quality of the patient care and research and evaluation work.
    Great benefits for employees and their families.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Lower pay compared to some private companies, but benefits balance that out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The restructuring of the HR department has not been smooth, and I would say it's still difficult for hiring managers to navigate as well as for employees. Hiring, lay offs, any HR paperwork is more time consuming to complete now.

    Additionally, many employees wished there was transportation from BART to the campuses. There are campus shuttles, but getting from BART to a campus can be very time consuming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Amazing, innovating and forward thinking place to work and grow.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The leadership was empathetic and inspiring, I worked with amazing peers whose reviews and examples motivated me. What I learned on the job was also applicable outside the work environment and helped me grow tremendously.

    Cons

    Due to the different school that operated independently, sometimes information gets lost in the system which could affect some timelines.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Clinical fellow

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    Current Employee - Clinical Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Fellow in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Excellent clinical training at 3 hospitals

    Cons

    Lack of support and ability of trainees to advance to permanent faculty positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    In the Network dept.

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Upper management is like General George Patton, out for blood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least feign that you care about the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent research and great collaborative atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities available through networking, good work-life balance, healthy work culture

    Cons

    Depending on employer, may have bad mentoring

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    An ridiculously heavy layer of do nothing managers. Great clinical staff overworked and micromanaged.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse III in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse III in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to participate in cutting edge treatments and patient care. The colleagues are incredibly hardworking and dedicated to patients.

    Cons

    Management doesn't support nurses, it creates barriers to care. Recent Mission Bay hospital openings have drained the budget and Parnassus facilities are filthy and patched up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to bedside caregivers, that's where the buck stops!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Helen Diller cancer center -- great community, mediocre resources

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    The Helen Diller Cancer Center at Mission Bay has dozens of excellent labs, all thematically organized around cancer. The building also hosts excellent seminar speakers during the fall/winter/spring. It's easy to collaborate, learn a technique, or borrow supplies from your colleagues.

    Cons

    Like the other UC campuses, UCSF doesn't have a lot of money. The core facilities in particular seem underfunded compared to Stanford. There is also a lot of bureaucratic red tape that slows things down any time you want to do something, like hire a tech or apply for a grant. Postdocs are paid the NIH minimum salary, but that's not much compared to the cost of living in SF.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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