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UC San Francisco Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
363 Reviews
3.6
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Analyst II

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst II in San Francisco, CA

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great research

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    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    world class

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    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)

    Pros

    world class, great faclities for sure

    Cons

    low pay could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start a school and support housing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great learning environment

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

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

    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

    Recommends
  7.  

    Hard work, looks good on CV, low compensation

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    • 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 an year)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    My coworkers were great

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly and hardworking people, flexible work environment (in my lab). I appreciated being able to share my honest opinions and suggestions. Vendor shows and health fairs were fun and a good way to bring UCSF together. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Research salary was not that great so turnover rate for research associates can be high, depending on the lab. Not that many part time opportunities, some lab managements don't like it. Parking is hard (but that can be said for all of SF).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The best school you've never heard of

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Top 10 university in anything graduate level in healthcare and life sciences.

    Cons

    Nobody's heard of it outside of the Bay Area or the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to forge increased connections with surrounding companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's great institute, met a lot of talented people.

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart postdocs from all over the world. Learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    Depend on the PI, my group was very research orientated, no time for career exploration.

    Recommends
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    Staff Research Associate II

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, high quality research. Researchers are intelligent and engaged in their work, you can learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    Pay is low for San Francisco living, bureaucratic system can be a headache.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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