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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. Long term permanent employee but laid off due to reorganization of unit/division

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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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reputable public university; diversity; benefits; upper level positions or management earn good salaries

    Cons

    Clerical staff salaries not up to market; inequity

    Advice to Management

    It's not what you do but who you know or if they like you that counts - is not the type of management that should be allowed at the university.

  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. 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

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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. A large ship that steers slowly

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Berkeley, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Beautiful location, a real history of innovation, flexible schedules

    Cons

    Lack of current innovation, many people going through the motions until retirement, lack of funding.

    Advice to Management

    Hold employees accountable, expect more, foster a culture of innovation.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. IT Dept

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great flexibility, good people, can't think of another pro I'm just feeling this in to meet requirements

    Cons

    No structure, very low pay, unsure of opportunities doesn't seem like there is anyway to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Every organization needs structure this system has none, I don't see how one is suppose to grow.

  11. 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.

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