UCSF Medical Center Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
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UCSF Medical Center CEO; CEO, UCSF Children's Hospital Mark R. Laret
Mark R. Laret
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  1. Friendly staff, good benefits, low pay

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    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
  2. Amazing learning environment

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    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
  3. 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
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  5. Top heavy non-medical management

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    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
  7. Pros and Cons of UCSF Medical Center

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Completely dysfunctional -- but it depends on the department

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UCSF Medical Center

    Pros

    can't really think of any

    Cons

    i worked in the cancer center

    i recommend googling your potential supervisor to see if he/she has been involved in lawsuits with former employees, etc.

    administration lets the docs get away with entirely too much
    clique-y
    expect WAY too much of staff. one nurse had a heart attack while she was working. a manager had a miscarriage. totally awful.
    understaffed and letting patients suffer as a result

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. Quite possibly the most toxic management I have ever experienced

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

    I have been working at UCSF Medical Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I am not directly involved with patient care and research. As far as my professional commitment and values, I wanted to work for an organization that is committed service like healthcare, with its mission toward research, education and patient care.

    Cons

    One of the worst leadership teams I have ever experienced. No professional development. No career track. Only promote those who are in management. I feel like I am just told what to do, and never asked my recommendation or opinion for any of the work. My colleagues and I are micromanaged. Morale is incredibly low in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider doing anonymous 360 reviews of your management team. The Gallup poll is a complete waste of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and it is my experience that little to no positive changes have come from it. Take a good look at turnover and cost of recruitment vs retention. HR is absolutely no help. You are loosing a lot of good people because of very poor and self serving management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at UCSF Medical Center full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    great reputable organization to work for.
    Excellent pay and benefits
    Great teamwork environment
    Lots of opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Patient floors tend to be chronically understaffed so nurses tend to float all over the place at any time during their shift which can be a hassle.

    Commute is terrible if you don't live close to the city. 3 year wait list to obtain a parking permit. And expensive parking rates with or without a permit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    A truly amazing and dynamic place to work.

    Former Employee - Administration in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administration in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time at UCSF Medical Center due to the talented and genuine people you work with throughout the organization. Every understands the mission and works for that mission of world class patent care.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get to work if you do not live in San Francisco. Incredible amount of work and red tape in processing change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep supporting and keeping staff engaged because they are your greatest resource.

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