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Updated May 24, 2018
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  1. "Cutting edge"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Cutting edge research is great

    Cons

    Dont get paid that much


  2. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere for working in university

    Cons

    Low salary for sf living

  3. "Academic Job Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great intellectual environment. Lots of collaboration.

    Cons

    Long hours and high expectations


  4. "Phd/postdoc at UCSF"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits. Very high level of science. many sources of career advise. Many opportunities to learn new stuff. Collaborative spirit

    Cons

    Young PIs will tear Phd/Postdocs apart in hard work. Very senior ones are mainly politicians, rather than scientists. Expectations for work hours is 10-15 hours a day. Many work over weekends.


  5. "Great Research, Not So Great Working Environment"

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    Current Employee - Sra III in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sra III 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 a year)

    Pros

    There is super exciting research going on everywhere you looks and a really open relationship with industry. Most labs are very well funded so you typically have the freedom to do experiments easily and quickly without having to scrape together the money. They also make sure researchers have access to all the latest equipment in places like the CAT lab.

    Cons

    Incredibly convoluted bureaucracy, much worse than government agencies where I have worked. To get help with anything, from IT, to information about your benefits, to having a lightbulb replaced, you need to submit an online help ticket, it is very very hard to identify an actual point of contact for any department. And then often, before anyone will help you, they will ask for a billing account number. HR representatives are particularly absentee and unhelpful. Everything is meant to be done online but the system is so fragmented and redundant it is impossible to navigate. The result is that a lot of scientists spend a a large portion of their time just trying to keep the lights on or get a formed filled out. There is also no oversight of PIs so if you are joining a lab, do your research very thoroughly on the PI's reputation, if they are abusive or negligent you will very likely be stuck.

    Advice to Management

    Create actual human POCs for things like facilities, IT, procurement, contracts, etc. Make it easy for people to handle administrative type tasks so that your scientists can spend their time doing science.


  6. "clinical research project manager/Sr.Clinical research coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Project Nmanager/Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Nmanager/Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent team. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    None. keep up the good work


  7. "Executive Assistant"

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

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    The pension and other benefits

    Cons

    Usually deal with work overload

  8. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    many professions and very clean work environment

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to mention

    Advice to Management

    better communication


  9. "UCSF Research Administration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional, competent, and engaged staff, schedule flexibility and telecommute options

    Cons

    Salaries sometimes lag behind market rates but UCSF is actively working to address that.


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco part-time

    Pros

    Good community, good location, friendly people

    Cons

    Low pay, little to no benefits for part time research assistants


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