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San Francisco, CA
10000+ employees
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$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
The leading university exclusively focused on health, UC San Francisco is driven by the idea that when the best research, the best education and the best patient care converge, great breakthroughs are achieved. All four UCSF professional schools, virtually all UCSF graduate ... Read more

Mission: UC San Francisco's overarching mission is "advancing health worldwide."

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
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    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)


    UCSF attracts some of the most brilliant scientists, students, doctors, and researchers in the world. The atmosphere is friendly but with very high expectations. I was overworked (60+ hrs a week) but learned a ton and adored my colleagues. There is endless opportunity for growth, learning, mentorship, and building collaborative relationships across departments. UCSF definitely has a few things that I would change but overall I would recommend it as a workplace.


    UCSF, in recent years, has had little to no raises & pay is way less than similar industry research jobs. I ended up switching to tech (user research) to increase my salary and improve my work-life balance.

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    They need to standardize the workload across departments. Some coordinators manage 30 very complex clinical trials and some coordinators manage two simple studies while getting paid the same amount. Also the strict and very limited vacation time is awful.

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UC San Francisco Photos

UC San Francisco photo of: A patient receives a baseball cap from San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry and Giants legend Vida Blue at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
UC San Francisco photo of: Rutter's Center Conference Center
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UC San Francisco photo of: South-facing view of UCSF Parnassus campus from Lincoln Ave on a clear evening
UC San Francisco photo of: South-facing view of UCSF Parnassus campus from Lincoln Ave on a foggy morning
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    Human Resources Analyst Interview

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    I applied online. I interviewed at UC San Francisco (San Francisco, CA).


    I applied on the UCSF website and was contacted a few days later. It was a little confusing because there were multiple HR roles open and so two different recruiters contacted me for the same role but just from different departments. I had two phone interviews for both roles, and was then invited to come onsite for the roles, separately. The way that they interview is completely outdated. You're sitting in a room with 4-5 people on the other side of the table and each interviewer basically goes down the line and reads a question to you from a piece of paper. I always thought I was a good interviewer but I was definitely having problems with remembering the questions that they would read to me. It was pretty intimidating. Both of the interviews went that way. The hiring managers said that they liked me, but it took them almost a month to get back to me to tell me that they hired someone for the roles I interviewed for, but they thought I would be a good candidate for yet another HR role. The recruiter asked if I'd be interested in interviewing for it and I decided to just move on because the thought of going through a third interview panel didn't seem like something that I wanted to do again and it seemed like the hiring process takes forever.

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UC San Francisco Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2012
  • Best Workplaces for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2010

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