UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated May 7, 2021

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Pros
  • "good benefits & salary; teaching facility(in 94 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and competitive pay(in 92 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "low salary with high working load(in 29 reviews)

  • "Difficult to maintain work-life balance(in 28 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great work enviroment

      May 7, 2021 - Research and Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      - Aware of thir employee needs - Conscious about equality

      Cons

      - Initial salary can be less than expected

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Repetitive, brain numbing work

      Apr 27, 2021 - Practice Coordinator II in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Decent PTO, COVID pay and Sick Pay, health benefits

      Cons

      Below average pay, expensive parking, no room for growth

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great research hospital

      May 6, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great hospital with new facilities and top notch research faculty

      Cons

      High cost of living in area

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

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      May 6, 2021 - Junior Specialist in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Great place if you are interested in Grad School

      Cons

      Pay could be a bit better

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      A long con

      Apr 25, 2021 - Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Both the pros and cons might not apply to every unit in the campus system, but having read some other ones on here, it does feel like there is a shared theme. Good benefits and pension package, an inspiring mission, interesting colleagues. The UCSF healthcare system, if you choose that as your plan, is some of the best in the Bay Area. Flexible schedule supportive of occasional remote work, although sometimes you have to fight for it a bit (well, pre-Pandemic you did). Feels good to see UCSF in the news and know that your workplace is impacting the world in a meaningful way.

      Cons

      You buy into the mission and vision, and you're excited about the retirement plan, so the first few years pass by in a honeymoon glow. But then you don't notice how many more years have passed and you've not had any growth opportunities, because everyone else also clings to their roles so there is sometimes a limit you hit with moving up. Your skills atrophy unless you make the effort to seek out training opportunities (on top of an already huge workload that is hard to balance). and anything you might learn is going to be hard to implement because department heads don't want to allocate resources for new software or adding a new role that could bring value. And then there's the fact that the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion messaging doesn't actually align with the reality. People organizing diversity events sometimes use language that goes counter to their messaging. Accountability seems to work on a trickle down system where the heads of departments are protected before the employees are.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good place for research

      Apr 30, 2021 - Postdoctoral Researcher in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      stimulating, professional, collaborative, excellence, good values

      Cons

      SF is expensive, competitive, unstable,

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good

      Apr 28, 2021 - Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Tons of opportunity to grow and learn. Easy to network with others.

      Cons

      No cons for UCSF. Having a great time here

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great

      Apr 27, 2021 - Registered Nurse in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Has a bunch of cool things great things many things writing things to do this stupid thing

      Cons

      No cons only having to write this

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Mission driven but difficult to grow professionally

      Apr 18, 2021 - Research Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      UCSF is known for advancing medical research and is a reputable institution for medical training. The staff are well trained and caring. In general, I've seen everyone on my research team strive to do good research.

      Cons

      Some of the cons are that research professionals are burnt out and UCSF could improve by hiring more staff across all departments. As an associate level researcher with a master's degree, I have found it difficult to grow professionally. Though I had a strong performance review this year, I was disappointed the institution could not apply merit based pay increases due to budget constraints. Overall, I have felt appreciated and under paid.

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Enter with Caution

      Mar 22, 2021 - Phd Student Researcher 
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      Pros

      Best technology, amazing access to intersectional scientists and techniques. Your peers are so friggin' smart and amazing you will absolutely learn by leaps and bounds Prestige out the wazoo. They're one of the top receivers of grants in academia. San Francisco is a cool place to live Best place to start your biotech startup while you work there! Staff there really care about the students! Office of Career and Professional Development might be the best in the country

      Cons

      They actively discourage unionizing - don't believe that you don't deserve to unionize A lot of talk about DEI, not much in terms of follow through HR is only there to protect faculty, not students or staff They allow toxic ppl to run many programs and consider it part of the trade It's very much a sink or swim place unless you hit the jackpot with a real mentor Ridiculously expensive to live even nearby, unrealistic stipend. Minimal support for parents. Super toxic academic culture of "well I was here in lab on a weekend"

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