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Updated April 15, 2015
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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. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California Berkeley full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and great co-workers

    Cons

    sometime can be too political and bureaucratic

  2. Octopus Research

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

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

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

    Pros

    Berkeley has some of the best resources for doing research and the professors are world renowned. I worked in the Caldwell Lab as an undergrad researcher and am currently working on a stable isotope research project to map out the ecological food webs of octopuses found at Catalina Island. The position definitely gives you experience in dissections, freeze drying, and other various lab tech skills necessary to extract the data from the samples.

    Cons

    I've had difficulty getting my own research project in the Caldwell Lab. The professors are so busy and have so many students that they won't always be available.

    Advice to Management

    Definitely branch out and ask around for various positions! URAP is a great way to get started with research and it never hurts to shoot a professor an email to ask about their research!

  3. Academic Center Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California Berkeley part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The work was relatively easy and gave ample time to do homework.

    Cons

    I was at Unit 4 and it was on top of a hill.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes no one really understands how it is structured.

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  5. Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, good weather, access to sport facilities including tennis courts and swimming pools, close from San Francisco, laid back co-workers. Many opportunities to attend interesting events on campus.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy -> things can take a while to get done because of the red tape of the university's administration. Some buildings are old.

    Advice to Management

    Good, get young people. Try to cut the red tape, which might be challenging. It's a great working environment. Good luck.

  6. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Working with some of the smartest people in academia and industry
    -Capable facilities
    -Flexible working hours
    -The work itself is quite interesting

    Cons

    -Low pay compared to private sector
    -A ton of bureaucracy
    -Some of the buildings should be upgraded.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the students and cut the size of the bureaucracy. Hold the administrators more accountable.

  7. Basketball Referee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Easy scheduling and you make your own hours
    -Training is pretty easy and generally they give you time to learn as well as instruct you to be a better ref

    Cons

    -Have to work a lot to get a promotion
    -There are easier jobs that pay more for the amount of time you work
    -Generally few people are grateful and the egos of high school frat boy stars is something to behold

  8. Graduate Student Instructor

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

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Incredible place to live, and wonderful place to go to school

    Cons

    teaching experience depends a lot on the professor you work under.

  9. Good school!

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Instructor
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Instructor

    I worked at University of California Berkeley

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

    Pros

    Great faculty, staff, students, get to live in Berkeley

    Cons

    Funding cuts, overcrowded classes, overworked grad students & faculty. Grad students not paid enough for bay area cost of living

  10. Tutor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    flexible working hours and good coworkers

    Cons

    less money but good for a part time

  11. Great place, great people

    Former Employee - Art Clerk in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Art Clerk in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    The people I was working with were really great and we got along really well. The hours were easy and so was the work.

    Cons

    Not much to say here, just because everything was so flexible. I guess the one thing I can say is that the work would sometimes get too mundane.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. It's a great campus and great people. One piece of advice though: maybe a little less gossiping in front of the students.

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