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Pros
  • amazing location, friendly staff, diverse opportunities, good benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work with many smart people and to make a difference in California; great benefits including a pension (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, relative to market levels (in 4 reviews)

  • Parking sucks and it costs an arm and a leg and despite increasing student fees there always seems to be budget cuts around every corner (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Career Counselor Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Career Counselor in Berkeley, CA
    Former Intern - Career Counselor in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -great environment
    -your opinion matters
    -staff development
    -motivated students
    -great leadership

    Cons

    -location is slightly off campus


  2. Don't be a student employee (or RA).

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Berkeley, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Work-study. Free room and board. Learning to cope with terrible situations daily.

    Cons

    Overworked, underpaid. As an RA for Berkeley (and a CS student) I have had minimal time to work on side projects. There is no pay, and I don't have time on top of this to get another job for expendable income. When the RAs tried to protest against management their response was to threaten to fire all of us. They treat the RAs as easily replaceable. It's not a good environment.


  3. Busy

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - UGSI in Berkeley, CA
    Former Intern - UGSI in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Enlightening place to study for undergrad. I was a UGSI and it was an interesting experience.

    Cons

    Tuition is rising. UGSIs do not get salaries but you get units (not as great..).

    Advice to Management

    Lots of bureaucracy which doesn't make it easy to deal with regarding administrative issues.


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  5. An engaging and fast-paced environment.

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    Current Employee - Student Affairs Coordinator in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Student Affairs Coordinator in Berkeley, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cal offers departments with great team dynamics and brilliant students all situated on a beautiful campus. The health benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    Cal has an antiquated hiring system and primarily promotes from within. There's so much bureaucracy and paperwork that completing certain tasks can be challenging. Employees would benefit from periodic training to leverage their skills.


  6. Great working environment - very collaborative. Everyday is a challenge, and the work is very dynamic.

    Current Employee - Doctoral Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Doctoral Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Very collaborative and dynamic working environment.

    Cons

    There should be more opportunity to take courses outside the department.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Career employee sees waste at UC Berkeley

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Administrator in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California 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

    Great benefits, flexible work hours, opportunities to take classes

    Cons

    Morale at UC Berkeley is low, and I've seen a lot of unethical behavior over the years. Staff are promoted out of their competence level and "work the system" and sometimes break blatant rules and play favorites. Misconduct goes on and rarely results in someone being fired. Operation Excellent is a good idea, but the great amounts of money being spent to ultimately save money result in "going around the rules." I see it on a daily basis in procurement, hiring, and augmenting senior managers' pockets. I used to be very proud to work at UC Berkeley, but no longer, and would not recommend it to others just starting out.

    Advice to Management

    Insist on ethics training and don't have a double standard for managers. Lower level staff have a hard time making a living, while I've seen 25-30-40 percent raises THIS YEAR ALONE and during hiring freezes for invalid reasons. Questioning managers can result in poor feedback and retaliation.


  8. The land that IT forgot

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Helpdesk in Berkeley, CA
    Current Contractor - Helpdesk in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Stability. Decent pay. Prestigious. Room to grow.

    Cons

    This is a state organization, and the employees often act like it. At best, they are underqualified, which is made possible due to the lack of competition in that enterprise. At worst, they are toxic and deeply dissatisfied with their jobs/selves.

    Advice to Management

    The IT department head (recently recruited) is a rock star. And many of the new techs this person hired in order to implement changes, are, too, awesome. But there is a broad swath of mid-level technicians who support this fine institution, who act like state employees.


  9. Internship at University of California Press

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The press is fantastic, with interesting publications and a history of publishing important titles. I gained a lot of experience and I benefited from seeing how the field of publishing works.

    Cons

    At the time, they were struggling to transition through a layoff period. They continued to let laid off people work for over 2 months and this cause the workplace to become tense.

    Advice to Management

    Know how your staff is managing their time.


  10. Helpful (2)

    riding on its reputation as an institution but not living up to its hype

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a shame glassdoor is in beta - I wrote a long review that seems to have been lost after I was prompted to Register to be able to post it. This review will be much shorter. The health benefits at UC are, I'm told, pretty good compared to comparable institutions. Pension benefits seem OK,. You have assess to a lot of interesting events by your proximity to campus, though you may not have energy to attend after work.

    Cons

    There are very extensive employee protections and positive career development programs on paper, but it's rare in my experience for Berkeley to actually adhere to them when there is a issue or you think you're ready to be promoted to the next step. The culture generally discourages speaking out when you see things going wrong, even if its high level execs behaving unethically and abusing their position. Financial abuses seem rife. I've worked here at a variety of positions for 20 years and see some truly egregious wastes of taxpayer money. Some I've reported, some I was prevented from doing o, and never have I felt like the reports changed much on either the bog or little picture. Working here, in general, you'll be asked to give a lot and compensated very little, in either money or other acknowledgements.

    Advice to Management

    There are many here who do have PhDs and other high level degrees, but have little training in their actual job duties. A Nobel laureate is not necessarily a good manager, and to have people in supervisory positions without training (and often they think because they have a degree in their field means they need no further training), undermines the effectiveness of the unit and costs the univ more money than recruiting someone who knows the work 360 degrees.


  11. Your fellow UC employees make all the difference

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Programmer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Web Programmer in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Even if you are not in a union-represented position, UC will treat you like you are. You have access to quaint, old-fashioned perks such as real lunch breaks away from your desk, the ability to take evenings and weekends off, and even a pension scheme. Sure, we all grumbled about our pay being lower compared to that in industry, but overall we made lots more money, since our jobs were relatively more secure and we didn't work uncompensated overtime.

    Cons

    At UC I worked with several obstructive individuals who would've been tossed out on their butts in the private sector, but were tolerated and even coddled for *years* despite their lack of contribution to projects or teamwork. This, more than any other factor--more than dilapidated equipment, more than the make-do salary, more than the sensation that I was missing out on the innovations happening in industry--is what made me quit my UC job.

    Advice to Management

    Any one person has the potential to wield a huge amount of influence in the very distributed UC system. I had the benefit of a terrific manager, who struggled valiantly with the myriad stupidities of the average UC workday. Managers like him should receive gigantic raises.



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