University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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University of California Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks
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. Counselor

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    Current Employee - Counselor in UC Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Counselor in UC Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, great students. Training is done first for new counselors where they can attend academic advising sessions with the students and experienced counselor to gain experience.

    Cons

    Work can get too hectic and overwhelming with the amount of work thrown at you during the regular semesters.

    Advice to Management

    Defining roles is essential for the school to succeed in such a demanding setting where the volume of service is just very huge and yet varying for case by case.


  2. Great employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    UC Berkeley is a great employer with great benefits. Work/life balance is very important to them and they thrive to make each employee achieves this.

    Cons

    Upward mobility can be challenging. There is no real succession plan. Cross job training is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Have a better path for career projection for staff. Greater accountability for the work done by each employee.


  3. Graduate Student Researcher in EECS

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great city, good department for research, but only if you find the right advisor and research group

    Cons

    Research is a solitary activity, and your experience can be greatly shaped by who your advisor is


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  5. Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Architect in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Architect in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment. Not a lot of work presssure

    Cons

    Very slow paced, everything moves at snail pace.


  6. Junior Specialist

    Current Employee - Junior Specialist in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Specialist in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    benefits, gym, weather, food, public transit are good

    Cons

    salary is not competitive and HR is overworked so things generally fall to the wayside ALL THE TIME


  7. Associate Specialist (Staff)

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

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best life sciences research institutions in the world. Great benefits package, but low salary.

    Cons

    Low salary. As a researcher the career paths are limited if you're not on PI track. Professors would rather get cheap/free labor (students) than paying for skills and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the pyramid. Very few post-docs will become PIs, so currently, academia is a ponzi scheme.


  8. Security Monitor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California Berkeley

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy, part time job. Perfect for students and if you are simply trying to make some spending money while having a heavy work load

    Cons

    The work gets really boring at times. So make sure to bring your homework or stuff to study while your on the job

    Advice to Management

    Better organization with the emails and the new software to clock in. It was a little sketchy when they switched to the new software and it glitched so many times


  9. Customer Service Representative

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    Current Employee - RSF Customer Service Representative in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - RSF Customer Service Representative in Berkeley, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    While working at the RSF, I am allowed very flexible hours in a friendly work environment. The 3 hour shifts allow my time to be spread out in between classes.

    Cons

    The pay is somewhat low, and there are sometimes some moody patrons, but that can be said about many service jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to improve customer service and train new employees more thoroughly. When I first started I had to learn a lot of things on my own.


  10. Graduate Student

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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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities, good school, recognized, many instruments available

    Cons

    Too big, you get lost and no one cares. It is hard to find a job, and you are left on your own throughout your career as a PhD.


  11. Overall good

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    Current Employee - Project Scientist in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Project Scientist in Berkeley, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    UC Berkeley offers a very generous benefits package including one of the best available health care plans, pension and 403(b) and 457 plans. Sufficient vacation and sick leave.

    Cons

    Gradually increasing contribution to pension plan over the last years lowered the already lower salaries for many employers without major salary adjustments due to inflation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep paying good employees good salaries. Increase salaries on a yearly basis and reduce mandatory contribution to pension plan if possible.



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