University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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University of California Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks
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Pros
  • The work/life balance is outstanding (in 25 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, very understanding of students (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • the pay is low but it is made up by tuition remission (in 21 reviews)

  • Budget cuts are bringing down work capacity in my department (SLC) (in 23 reviews)

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  1. A good place to settle in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Benefits are excellent and comprehensive; work-life balance is very good

    Cons

    - Salary/career growth can be difficult due to UC funding problems


  2. Ok place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Since it is a large university there are many positions and roles available. I enjoyed the people I was working with and felt like I was trained well for my position.

    Cons

    My job was a seasonal work. The work schedule sometimes unpredictable. I worked alone in my job. It paid minimum wage but was through work study.


  3. UC Berkeley Professional Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic campus, great/ambitious students and energy

    Cons

    Low pay, lots of layers to management


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  5. Efficient enough

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    Current Employee - Contract - Course Developer in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Contract - Course Developer in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley (Less than a year)

    Pros

    HR at my department was very efficient and helpful

    Cons

    new system for time manangement - CalTime - has a lot of kinks and quite frustrating to work with


  6. Great place to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    highly intellectually intense environment to seek one's research enthusiasm. World top class research facilities and first class faculty members. great environment for exchanging scientific ideas and research results.

    Cons

    The campus may be a bit too big for some people's taste and the facilities are shared with a big number of researchers. Booking can be tricky for equipments. It is in Berkeley; full of freedom and homeless...

    Advice to Management

    Please don't cut further on the postdoc benefits anymore. they should be fairly compensated to award their innovation and significant contributions to the university. Beef up security measures to discourage theft.


  7. DSP Note Taker

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    Current Employee - DSP Note Taker in UC Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - DSP Note Taker in UC Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Forces you to make well-organized, clear notes that is studying in itself - 48 hours to upload notes for each class

    Cons

    - None that comes to mind

    Advice to Management

    - Keep up the good work!


  8. Great Work place, no future growth opportunity

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    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and friendly coworkers. Easy going work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Politics of dealing with old management sets you back a lot. little isolated workplace. no growth opportunities.


  9. Lecturer

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome and diverse students, beautiful campus, great colleagues, progressive environment, very open to various viewpoints and contributions.

    Cons

    Ladder faculty tend to rule. Admin sometimes think we work for them and their rules, rather than for students.

    Advice to Management

    Use and appreciate lecturers who deliver greater value than many tenured faculty.


  10. UC Berkeley Administrative Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A great place to work.

    Cons

    Living in Berkeley is expensive.


  11. Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the people are great to work with, campus is beautiful, given a lot of responsibilities as a student worker, lots of people support you

    Cons

    There are no cons in my work experience, UC Berkeley was an overall great place to work at as a student employee.



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