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Updated April 27, 2015
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  1. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with great professors

    Cons

    little interaction with the professor

  2. postdoctoral researcher associate

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

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

    Pros

    good platform for learning and very active role in chemical science

    Cons

    life balance is not guaranteed

    Advice to Management

    try to sort of improve the life balance

  3. Being a public employee is not for everyone, but you can make it work!

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    Current Employee - Meeting and Event Planner in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Meeting and Event Planner in Berkeley, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Campus has a great atmosphere, hours for many are clear cut and pretty reasonable, excellent benefits (especially if you got in before a lot of the pension changes). You must take responsibility for knowing your benefits and making sure you take advantage of them... your salary's not going to cut it and no one is going to tell you what you're owed!

    Cons

    The UC System is big and stuck in the past in many ways. There is a lot of paperwork, hoop jumping and resistance to change. Salaries are below market for most jobs... you really can't make much until you're in the top tier and there are so many divisions that it's really hard to move up. Raises and promotions are pretty much non-existent especially since 2008, so you must negotiate well when accepting a position.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to middle managers and young people. Adapt to new technologies and use new ideas. Promote career development and keep your eye on ways to help young people succeed.

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  5. Great, challenging, education

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Great working environment to collaborate with faculty, alot of autonomy to work on the project, flexible hours

    Cons

    Sometime difficult to organize meeting due to busy schedules

  6. Great experience working with students

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Instructor
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Instructor

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back Berkeley culture, decent compensation

    Cons

    Every department functions differently, pay needs to get better

  7. Graduate Student Researcher

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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

    - work with smart people
    - work environment is very flexible as its academia

    Cons

    - you will have to survive on a student salary

  8. Great people, horrible organization

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Berkeley, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This campus is so big and segmented that you're likely to have a very different experience depending on what department you're in. My direct coworkers have generally been fantastic, though, and the workplace is generally casual with an "everybody pitch in" attitude. Lots of holidays and fairly good time off policies. If you're good at what you do, there are also ample opportunities to move up - some of the COO-level people in the administrative units started out at the Admin Assistant level.

    Cons

    Staff is constantly overworked, it's almost impossible to get rid of inefficient or incompetent people who pass their probationary periods which sometimes makes it look like you're fully staffed when in fact it's just the rest of you pulling for one. Constant budget cuts ALWAYS impact staff members and administrative departments first. Because it's a public university, you won't be paid market rate. Attempts to improve workflow processes tend to get lost in bureaucracy.

    There's still a "consensus" culture to UC, which is one of those things that sounds nice in theory but in practice means that any attempt at change will be met with open, obvious opposition. And often, if one person opposes, the entire attempt fails. There's a lot of inefficiency, but the structure and culture here very much entrenches that at the expense of the competent few, who receive mounting pressure and workload to make up the difference.

    Advice to Management

    Abandon the consensus model and empower your service organizations (HR, IT, etc.) to give bad news to clients when necessary. Apply efficiency standards equally within units. Make sure people are heard - your best workers are consistently burning out and leaving. Treat employee suggestions seriously and make a good-faith effort to implement them.

  9. Great environment, fun and supportive staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    The staff here cares for the students and want them to succeed

    Cons

    Reimbursement processes are a bit slow

  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. Worked over 10 years. Love the environment and people I work with. Get to work with young and brilliant students.

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Berkeley, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Vision, dental, health, and legal benefits. National and administrative holidays.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in upper or senior level positions. Compensation is lower compared with the rest of the bay area. Overworked, underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Offer incentives for departments to promote worthy employees from within. Knowledgeable staff leave the university for better paid jobs.

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