UCSF Medical Center

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UCSF Medical Center Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
115 Reviews
3.5
115 Reviews
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UCSF Medical Center CEO; CEO, UCSF Children's Hospital Mark R. Laret
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Super great benefits, and one of the few companies that still have pension plans (in 10 reviews)

  • Excellent benefits and great community (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Physicians are interested in research and patient care is not their priority (in 6 reviews)

  • If you live far from San Francisco, the commute is not so great (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCSF Medical Center full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    UCSF treats its employees as valued members of a team. They work hard to include each member in the decison making process of how each project is completed. The providers and staff do an outstanding job of being open to improvements in process and search for new and innovative ideas continuously.

    Cons

    This company is located in San Francisco and requires most employees commute from outlying areas over bridges. Parking can be very difficult. Public transportation with parking can be expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing what you do greatly. Provide more public transportation incentives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCSF Medical Center

    Pros

    Great staff, pay, and benefits

    Cons

    Can be a MD based hospital

  3.  

    Friendly staff, good benefits, low pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Assistant III in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Assistant III in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UCSF Medical Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. I felt appreciated- everyone cares about your well-being and wants you to learn and improve. The training is fantastic.

    Cons

    Very low pay and limited career growth.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Amazing learning environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Nurse II in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Nurse II in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UCSF Medical Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology and research, Wonderful committed people, competitive pay, decent benefits, top rated hospital with magnet status

    Cons

    Staffing always short, benefits become more expensive over time, executives make too much money, poor appreciation of nurses and support staff - budget cuts meant no staff appreciation gifts,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value your nurses more! they make this place what it is and have way more contact with patients than any doctor. we are the face of this hospital.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Lacks Organization

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

    I have been working at UCSF Medical Center

    Pros

    Well respected institution, great name value, lots to learn and room to grow if you take the initiative.

    Cons

    Complex/fragmented management and organization structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Top heavy non-medical management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RN III in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - RN III in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UCSF Medical Center

    Pros

    pension is very attractive feature

    Cons

    it is state run so slow to move

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more management that is medically drivin

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great team and generally a good experience

    Former Contractor - Contractor
    Former Contractor - Contractor

    I worked at UCSF Medical Center as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are very bright and work on interesting projects. Refreshingly non-corporate. My particular area (one of the administrative functions) had a very good team - hard working and no diva's. We managed to accomplish quite a bit on very small budgets. As a contractor, I got industry-consistent rates. If you sign on as a permie, there is a very good pension after 20 years

    Cons

    Salaries are very low. It is a lifer workplace (some people have been working there 30-40 years) and so they can be resistant to change. Parking is not free so traveling from one location to another can get expensive and annoying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Centralizing IT would be more cost efficient than current set up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    OK Typical Bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCSF Medical Center full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Steady work that is challenging. Clients are great. New hospital is exciting. State of the art docs great views dedicated staff.

    Cons

    One the wrong side of the city, commutes from the East Bay is difficult. Public transportation requires two or three changes. Way too liberal for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Heir qualified managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Pros and Cons of UCSF Medical Center

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Researcher in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Researcher in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UCSF Medical Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge medical research, lots of things to learn and do.

    Cons

    Long hours to make progress and not a lot of money compared with other places. Lack of efficiency and slow to respond when it comes to new technology. Doesn't like to embrace change. Continuously makes you do the same things over and over without the inclination to find a better method.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I would stay just for the benefits, otherwise, it offers limited career growth and poor management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Lab in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Lab in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UCSF Medical Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits.
    Employees contributes to the pension pool and can save more on retirement ( 403b and 457b ).
    There are various educational trainings, but there is no career development.

    Cons

    Limited career growth. Poor management (theory X), no career development track and no investment on current employees.
    Promotions are based on cronyism instead of performance and meritocracy.
    The institution is happy when you are at where you are.
    Focus more on profits instead of recruiting, retaining and building its employees.
    Lots of "opportunities" for liability issues, wasted resources and lost talents.
    Low level in team morale and teamwork, low employees recognitions and appreciation (very negative cultures)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to change the management approach, less top-down, more bottom up approaches.
    Focus on the new generation task force in the leadership management! The life timers would only deplete the pensions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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