I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)
The research environment is really stimulating and collaborative. There are always great seminars and new postdocs coming from other places to befriend and/or learn from. The faculty are all really passionate about doing good science, and it makes for a great training environment. In addition, there are numerous bay area science & technology events to attend.
It is incredibly expensive to live in San Francisco and UCSF does not account for the cost of living - salaries here for postdocs and graduate students are the same as they are in Nashville, TN, for example. Also, because the training environment is so top-notch, and the state of funding in science is so dire, many PIs are stressed and many people work 60-90 hours a week.
I worked at UC San Francisco (More than 3 years)
Lots of high quality employees work at UCSF Medical Center, all of whom are striving for the best patient care experiences.
UCSF Med Center is a large operation, and it can take a while for things to change
I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than a year)
Access to expertise and facilities
competativeand a bit isolated, split campuses,
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UCSF is a cutting edge institutional facility with top scientific minds. I would recommend to anyone with the opportunity to work here to take advantage of the multitude of resources available. You can only limit yourself here.
In my department/lab I am disappointed with how management has treated its employees. There is a bit of arrogance in this lab that promotes an awkward enviroment. You must talk with the junior employees and get a good sense of your ultimate intra-university destination. But this isn't a problem unique to UCSF.
Advice to Management
There is a bit of arrogance with the senior management (in this lab) that promotes an awkward and undesirable environment.
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