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"Mostly positive, but very different from industry, Certainly not run like a business."

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Former Employee - Associate Specialist in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Associate Specialist in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Smart people, easy commute. Good pension

Cons

stagnant pay unless you change jobs which is hard to do.

Other Employee Reviews for UC San Francisco

  1. "Used to be great, still trying desperately to hang onto that, faculty not really doing their jobs"

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    Current Employee - "Postdoc" in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - "Postdoc" in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of people will be impressed that you work here, because of the past glory, multiple Nobel Prizes, and the healthcare coming out of the hospital. They have good facilities if you can get access to them through the bureaucracy.

    You will meet some excellent co-workers who are also trapped in an essentially broken system and bond over shared pain.

    Cons

    Faculty have no job responsibilities, if they decide to start a company and stop showing up, the school won't stop them.

    Training is non-existent. You will do all the work, you will get none of the credit.

    Cronyism & nepotism everywhere when hiring new people.

    Racism, sexism, general harassment of anyone different is rampant and nobody wants to talk about it. You can sexually harass and bully your co-workers for years and nothing will happen to you.

    Average faculty member is over 55 years old, white, male and a jerk.

    Faculty are only managed by other faculty. See problems with faculty.

    Grad students do almost everything but get none of the credit. Grad students & postdocs expected to work all the time with no time off. Faculty don't have time off because they don't really show up in the first place.

    The compensation is awful for being the most expensive city in the USA. You will not get paid what you are worth unless you are one of the rich old white male faculty members. No cost-of-living adjustments for grad students or postdocs. You'd make the same at a school in Oklahoma.

    The school really did have a great history, many people are trying to hold onto that, but it is getting out of hand very quickly. Faculty often leave for greener pastures, which would be great if they were replaced with new, young, energetic faculty. But they are replaced with old cronies.

    Most faculty do a very poor job of helping you get a job once you are done. Expect to get by purely on the UCSF name.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your grad students & postdocs better. Require that faculty show up to their jobs and do them. If faculty start a company and start doing that instead of their teaching/mentoring/running the lab, fire them or reduce their pay.


  2. Helpful (2)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    this is a world famous university conducting edge-cutting research. Good place to train future scientists.

    Cons

    the pay for postdoc is too low compared to scientific research institute around the bay area. Some lab pay lower than the NIH standard.

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