University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated September 4, 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. Growth

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    Current Employee - Business Technical Support Supervisor II in UC Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Business Technical Support Supervisor II in UC Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to grow and understand the HiED and public sector. Also, benefits at the University are amazing.

    Cons

    Salary not competitive with the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance and understanding politics in state government funded institution.


  2. Outstanding University in expensive area

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's one of the premier research institutions in one of the best places to live in the US.

    Cons

    Very very high cost of living.


  3. Undergraduate Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work as a student

    Cons

    The training was intense but eventually it helped me

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. Great place to work

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

    Pros

    Topsfield House of Pizza has a great staff and positive vibes there. I truly enjoyed the experience. We all got a long well and shared the workload. Also has great customer relationships.

    Cons

    Not too many cons to be honest. I think this job is what you make out of it. You can be lazy and bore yourself, or you can talk to the customers, talk to co-workers, keep busy all the while.


  6. 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


  7. 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.


  8. 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


  9. 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!


  10. 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


  11. 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.



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