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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
709 Reviews
3.9
709 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 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.  

    Underpaid Graduate Students

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Working with A-class stellar faculty!

    Cons

    Underpaid with no compensation and little benefits.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great learning opportunity as part-time lecturer

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Good teaching support and resources available. Given latitude to develop course and teaching style. Motivated students.

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy, as to be expected in a large institution. No parking benefits, so had to feed meter on teaching days. Not a lot of overt collegiality with others in department due to individual schedules and sabbatical leaves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider providing a parking benefit of some sort to lecturers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good

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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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  5.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    smart people, good program, good name

    Cons

    hard classes, everyone wants to do cs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    study hard

  6.  

    Amazing University

    Former Employee - Laboratory Assistant
    Former Employee - Laboratory Assistant

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

    Pros

    Management is accessible and helpful. It's a world class institution with access to almost any scholarly material you could want.

    Cons

    Time off is easy to acquire, and schedules are flexible, but it depends on what department and what professors or researchers you are working with. Pay is slightly low, but work is enjoyable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

  7.  

    great place to work if you're a hard worker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    schedule flexibility, they cultivate and encourage leadership, great benefits package especially if you have a family

    Cons

    lots of union protected staff who are lazy but are "protected" by the union

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I am an undergraduate research assistant in a lab in working on Cancer Metabolomics.

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    My learning is very valued and there is a lot of support from graduate students and post docs on technical issues but also on social aspects of graduate school and getting a job in the industry. I like the informal atmosphere even when the boss is around.

    Cons

    My position does not pay. My access to my PI to discuss scientific matters is limited.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Mission-driven and purposeful

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

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

    Pros

    Working in a learning environment with access to books, speakers, content, etc. Working with impressive students. Co-workers are caring and smart. Working for a prestigious name and university.

    Cons

    Pay. Advancement opportunities. Some co-workers are not engaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to reward and advance those who live up to your operating principles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Part Time Job for Students

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You have very flexible hours

    Cons

    Scheduling appointments can be disorganized at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scheduling appointments can be disorganized at times

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to do research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Lots of smart people. Looks good on resume. Learn a lot. Pays your tuition and medical benefits.

    Cons

    Little appreciation of work. Work a lot.

    Recommends

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