University of California Berkeley Reviews

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University of California Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks
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Pros
  • The benefits are outstanding, and having work-life balance is actually possible (in 25 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, I can basically try to work on the job at whenever a I want (in 35 reviews)

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

  • budget cuts make very basic needs (eg office supplies, custodial services) go unmet (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Comfortable working environment

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Generally good working environment.
    In most cases you can choose what you are interested in to work on.

    Cons

    Taking classes and doing research at the same time can be stressful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. An Undergraduate's Dream

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Good pay, better connections and lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Not very easy to increase pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Job duties should continue to be made clear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Senior Financial Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, excellent benefits (gym, pension, etc), worklife balance

    Cons

    Continuing challenge to fund operation with decreasing State support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. cal

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great views of bay area
    top science
    good people

    Cons

    budget problems
    dysfunctional
    unrealistic expectations
    old IT infrastructure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    down select and set realistic priorities

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. Good experience overall

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    The resources at Cal are amazing! The people are smart, and most people are supportive of you development.

    Cons

    There is a bit of an "Ivory tower" feeling to Cal. If you are not in the in crowd, it can be lonely. Open-mindedness is surprisingly low for what I expected from Berkeley. The pay is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    True knowledge comes from being open to new ideas and learning from people who are different from us.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great Place for Education!

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    Former Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Former Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great environment to work in, especially while you are studying for a higher degree. I worked there the summer after graduation. I liked the pace of the job and the people I worked with. Being a professor, or teacher's aid, you get access to free resources like MS Office, Adobe Master Suite, etc.

    Cons

    None. Unless you aren't pursuing a background in education and not looking to become a professor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Keep up the good work! Go Bears!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. LEAD Center Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    The work was easy. I had a lot of fun. Everyone is nice. The Weather is really nice and there's a great work-life balance

    Cons

    It is often time really busy and you have to deal with students that can be very difficult to help or work with. Other than that, no complaints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice! Everything you do is great. There's nothing huge that I would change or worry about.

  9. The Lair of the Bear provides a very fun and fulfilling wok experience, providing hands on customer service experience.

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    Former Employee - Lair of the Bear Staff in Pinecrest, CA
    Former Employee - Lair of the Bear Staff in Pinecrest, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The best things about this job are the lifelong friendships, customer service experience and personal growth you gain from living and working in the woods for the summer. The camp grounds, new campers arriving each work and the fellow staffers make the experience amazing.

    Cons

    Some of the most challenging things within this job would be listening to and trying to appease the campers when they are not happy about the current customer service they are receiving. The hours can be long and tiring and the fast-paced customer service you must provide daily can make the experience challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The community support to the staff and campers the management provides makes the experience an unbelievable one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. postdoctoral researcher associate

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    good platform for learning and very active role in chemical science

    Cons

    life balance is not guaranteed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to sort of improve the life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with great professors

    Cons

    little interaction with the professor

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