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UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated November 13, 2018
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  • "Benefits are poor, work-life balance is poor, salary is very low for Bay area" (in 22 reviews)

  • "not much room for growth if you are an assistant or analyst" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "perfect"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    they have very kind and welcoming workers

    Cons

    Comfortable place, welcoming colleagues. Best place to work in research


  2. "Great academic environment"

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    Former Employee - Lead Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely interesting people with clever ideas and passion for work

    Cons

    Very low salaries and not competitive at all in a city like San Francisco

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your personnel and make them stay by paying them more. Postdoctoral fellows extremely well qualifies people that are getting paid very low salaries that do not correspond to their level of qualifications and experience

  3. "PhD Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, collaborative work environment
    Sufficient access to lab resources

    Cons

    Minimal housing assistance
    Lacking conflict resolution mechanism between PIs and students


  4. "Great University and smart people"

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    Current Employee - Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great research team and super talented people around the world get together to help people! Relaxing environment and less pressure like industry! Close to golden gate park (Parnassus campus) ! If you would like to stay in academic position forever it's great university and environment! if you are looking for money it's not place you're looking for and you're in wrong place!

    Cons

    There is no much space for growing! Take too much time to get promoted!


  5. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Health insurance, PTO and paid sick days.

    Cons

    Salary compared to tech industry and high living cost in SF.


  6. "Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Great science but depending on the lab

    Cons

    Unless you are a professor, salaries are low


  7. "Sink or Swim"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    + Cutting-edge research
    + Good benefits
    + Flexible schedule
    + Awesome shuttle system
    + Super helpful IT team

    Cons

    - Overworked and underpaid; expect to work extra hours without compensation and very little appreciation
    - Lack of support and training/mentoring
    - Unclear expectations and guidance on how to improve
    - Unclear rules and procedures for tedious administrative tasks

    Advice to Management

    If you want to maintain your high standards for quality research, you need to properly train your CRCs/ACRCs and give them the support they need to do their jobs.

  8. "Good First Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Good for getting experience before going back for a graduate degree. Can be lenient in terms of schedule.

    Cons

    Not a ton of room for growth or rather slow growth. Bureaucratic and slow.


  9. "Research Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a beautiful campus to work in, and you receive great experience interacting with the patients in a clinical setting.

    Cons

    Highly underpaid for the amount of work that is assigned. There is no clear communication between upper management and HR.

    Advice to Management

    There is little-no management. Rather there are multiple supervisors who assign responsibilities, and do not cross-check with each other when those tasks are conflicting. Managers do not know how to mentor their research coordinators, as would be expected of someone in a managerial role.


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Junior Specialist
    Current Employee - Junior Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Its a university..they're all the same.

    Cons

    Working as a research tech is truly akin to being a cog.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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