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"Working in Higher Education is Awesome!"

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Current Employee - Cal Student Orientation Counselor in Berkeley, CA
Current Employee - Cal Student Orientation Counselor in Berkeley, CA
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Working in higher education is so rewarding. The work is always changing and there is constantly new. There is always room to learn and grow.

Cons

This is an environment of change and while some change is good, some of it has been difficult to understand and deal with.

Advice to Management

It would be great to know where the organization is headed and what the future holds for the University of California.

Other Employee Reviews for University of California Berkeley

  1. "Terrible."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Reader in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Reader in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You want to be a GSI.

    Cons

    Lots of manual labor in front of the computer.


  2. "low morale due to various budget cuts"

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    Former Employee - Research Administrator in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Research Administrator in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pension remains a big factor for people to stay. Being able to work with researchers on meaningful research makes the job seem very fulfilling. There are lots of career opportunity inside the UC system if one wants to try other things.

    Cons

    Pension is good but that will be cut. All the budget cuts make employees feel unsettled. Promotion is pretty hard, especially being reclassed into a different job classification. Most people end up moving between departments to move up. Some of the university systems are really not that well designed but there is no resources to do improvement. The result is a vicious cycle where inefficiencies cannot be addressed, which in term, leads to more resources being wasted.

    Advice to Management

    The HR policies really need to be reviewed. The way the policies are designed now protects seniority too much. Employees are an organization's main asset. They need to stay competitive. I have seen too many people who intentionally introduced inefficiencies (such as extra lag time and unnecessary approvals or forms) just so that paperwork take super long to go through. That way, the expectation stays low. And that's how everyone will see the UC system - bureaucratic and slow. And those are also the ones that cannot be laid off because of seniority. I had seen management avoiding the layout of a person because that person could bump another excellent and hardworking employee. Policy like the seniority bumping can really drive the talented ones away.

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