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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
712 Reviews
3.9
712 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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    Graduate Student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to conduct research with amazing people in your field. Highly recommend choosing lab wisely in first year because adviser plays a huge role in how well your experience is (Both Pro and Con).

    Cons

    Difficult to find housing affordable in area with living stipend. Also funding can be tough depending on the laboratory you are in. Highly recommend choosing lab wisely in first year because adviser plays a huge role in how well your experience is (Both Pro and Con)

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great program for geotechnical engineering

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Top professors who are also extremely friendly and really take time out of their days to help you

    Cons

    No cons that I can find yet

  3.  

    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)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to pursue an advance degree and research, some of the best professors in the world, benefits are good as grad student.

    Cons

    Can be hard to find affordable housing with monthly stipend. Expensive area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    - One of the best places to learn
    - Open to new ideas

    Cons

    - No specific cons to list out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Great place to work lots of benefits.

    Cons

    Job can be stressful at times.

  7.  

    Overall great experience doing research here

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment that encourages research, excellent program and school overall. There is many opportunities for me to interact with my PI and everyone is friendly and are willing to help.

    Cons

    Sometimes PIs may expect long hours, some labs have a terrible work-life balance. Sometimes it is hard to relax because everyone is always working hard all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Teaching at UC Berkeley was deeply engaging and satisfying.

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting mix of professors, students, researchers. Coursework was challenging and required students and teachers to consider current events and future trends.

    Cons

    As in any institution, there is a lot of bureaucracy involved in doing anything outside of protocol. The course management systems were disjointed and confusing at times. Lots of busy work grading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give out GSI positions before the start of the semester.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very satisfying experience

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    Former Employee - Student Food Service Worker in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Student Food Service Worker in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good pay for work studies, above average
    cool co-workers, and flexible times based on my own schedule. Excellent experience!

    Cons

    Nothing really, i did work study so i didn't even have to do any training or whatever. sometimes there was a lot of work though, but even then , it wasn't too bad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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 part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good research environment, excellent EE courses

    Cons

    Not very good sports teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Culture and opportunity provided to postdoc

    Cons

    people here are all working hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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