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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
666 Reviews
3.9
666 Reviews
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University of California Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits are outstanding, and having work-life balance is actually possible (in 24 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, I can basically try to work on the job at whenever a I want (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • the pay is low but it is made up by tuition remission (in 20 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good weather

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    climate is good people are nice

    Cons

    peer pressure from other students

  2.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Financial and Planning Analyst in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Financial and Planning Analyst in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging work environment, work life balance, gym, fitness classes and swimming pool. Generous pension benefits.
    Strong networking and support group. Wonderful environment to work.

    Cons

    Limited campus shuttle bus - comes only once every thirty minutes during rush hour.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Work-Study program

    Current Employee - Work-Study Student Worker in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Work-Study Student Worker in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Work around your class schedules.

    Cons

    There is a cap of how much you can earn each semester, depending on the amount the financial aid gives you.

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    Inspiring/stable work environment, with some expected layers of bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with smart and passionate students makes for a good reason to get up in the morning. Salary is of course lower than in private sector, but it's comfortable and has good benefits. I worked for Haas, which has a pretty positive organizational culture and great leadership at the moment.

    Cons

    I didn't necessarily feel as connected with the greater university community as much as my individual unit. This wasn't necessarily a terrible thing--it just points out the inherent difficulty of working for an institution that has many layers to it, all the way up to UC Regents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the professional development resources!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent research and environment, but unclear future and little pay.

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great people work here. They're from all over the world and are passionate/curious about what they they do and often larger issues in the world. Great conversations to be had.
    -World-class research. Great faciilities, great minds designing experiments, a constant stream of speakers that expose you to new ideas and inspiration.
    -Amazing location. Just beautiful place in the hills with the bridge and city across the way. Pretty awesome weather, not too cold, but not hot enough to get mosquitoes. Great, cheap food. Good outdoors opportunities. Basically endless cultural activities, like sports, concerts, plays, etc.

    Cons

    -The academic path is filled with uncertainty and unrealistic expectations of sacrifice. Until this changes, I would advise graduate students and post-docs to always be thinking about other options when they are done. Research is great, but giving up the rest of your life to do it is not really worth it for many people. Don't feel like you have to do that and instead realize that you should explore your options. You got into Berkeley, so you have options if you just think about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Create a culture where people understand immediately that it is ok if they do not end up in academia/research and help them to explore other career options. Leaving is not failure.
    -Think about the effect of the sacrifices you demand upon hopeful researchers on who ends up being in research. I think this aspect drives many talented people out of the field and almost certainly reduces ethnic, economic and gender diversity. That is a great loss.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Cal Summer Camps: a fun and educational experience, especially valuable for careers working with children

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The staff is all friendly and the director is great at running the camp - she works well with staff, parents, and children. There are multiple levels of staff members, allowing counselors to work their way up as they gain valuable skills in working with children and working as part of a team. You can request time off and also have access to the rec center!

    Cons

    Pay is not very high unless you are working at a higher level (coordinator, etc.). Some positions require much more work and responsibility than others, even if the pay is similar. This job can be physically exhausting, but can also be really fun!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All levels of paid staff should be paid for training days - they are all working! More training for how to talk and deal with parents may be a useful addition to this experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Goog benefit

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    Current Employee - Course Reader in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Course Reader in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay for tuition and Medical Insurance

    Cons

    Doean't really and any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I love this place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Autonomous, Flexible, Nice Colleagues, Fun, Balance of life

    Cons

    Hierarchical. Campus politics, Slow, No change in structures,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to learn and do research!

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

    I worked at University of California Berkeley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learned lots of applicable skills, stimulating academic environment

    Cons

    Working 70-80 hours per week

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Part-time job as a grad student

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley part-time

    Pros

    Good campus of course;
    nice supervisors;
    work results are publishable

    Cons

    Intl students cannot work as much as local students;

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