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  • "Great benefits and supportive of work(in 284 reviews)
  • "Great people to work with and willing to work with you.(in 193 reviews)
  • "Collegial environment and great colleagues(in 51 reviews)
  • "It is a great work environment and offers many career exploration possibilities(in 42 reviews)
  • "Good work/life balance(in 30 reviews)
  • "low salary for Postdoctoral fellow and lack of guidance if you want to transition into industry(in 145 reviews)
  • "low pay and not easy to get promotion(in 136 reviews)
  • "There's no accountability for poor management and it abounds.(in 50 reviews)
  • "PARKING IS expensive and not available.(in 49 reviews)
  • "Research can be long hours and slow at times waiting for inconclusive or variable results(in 26 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Sep 11, 2023
      Associate Specialist
      Former Employee, more than 5 years
      San Francisco, CA
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      Fantastic people, great resources, collaborative environment.


      Slow promotion system, kind of ridiculous for career researchers

      1. 2.0
        Aug 8, 2023
        Former Employee, more than 8 years
        San Francisco, CA
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        strong benefits (pension still an option, but 403B match is as well) great research increasing remote work LGBTQI+ friendly


        UCSF is a hard place to work, with a combination of low pay, clicks of people and some really, really poor colleagues, who have somehow managed to get employed and will now use their protected status (basically older women, with phantom medical issues) so they CANNOT be fired. There is an increase in union activity- which is actually making things worse, as there is basically a fear of taking any action against a poorly performing team member. 20% of the staff do 80% of the work, bullying is rampant, there is a lack of training, poor systems, zero incentive to improve anything and promotion is based on favoritism- which has a strong lean toward rewarding people for "paying their dues" and staying UC for a long time. This promotion favoritism is in combination with favoring white, middle class, college educated, English first language, 50+ year olds with management roles (note- some Asians manage to get those also, but really few who aren't those two racial groups). If you want to get into the pension, "stay forever," not learn or grow, have your skills plateau, expose yourself to bullying, and be paid far less than you are worth- UCSF is the place for you! If that is the goal- then make sure you get into a union role, pay your dues, don't learn anything, document bullying and hold on for the ride to retirement doing as little as possible!

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      UC San Francisco has an overall rating of 4.0 out of 5, based on over 2,740 reviews left anonymously by employees. 77% of employees would recommend working at UC San Francisco to a friend and 73% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

      According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, UC San Francisco employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.7 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at UC San Francisco. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

      77% of UC San Francisco employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated UC San Francisco 3.8 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.2 for culture and values and 4.0 for career opportunities.

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