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Updated April 28, 2017
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Pros
  • University Culture, Great people to work with, Great work-life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Great benefits and room for growth (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance should not be expected (in 19 reviews)

  • More room for growth up the ladder (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Communications Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong efforts to create a good workplace. Many perks, great benefits.

    Cons

    Pay lags too far behind the private sector.

    Consolidation of some business units over the past few years have created problems and new costs.

    There has been some recent outsourcing of IT jobs, resulting in layoffs.


  2. "Research Analyst II"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great staff, professional development opportunities, and culture.

    Cons

    Terrible HR; bureaucratic and takes a long time to get jobs posted


  3. "Postdoc fellow @ UCSF"

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

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great place to learn, with a lot of seminars and workshops.

    Cons

    Can barely survive for the high living cost


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  5. "Good place to learn"

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

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    a lot of useful facilities

    Cons

    housing is a big issue. the wage is relatively low


  6. "Low stress, low pay, lots of bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good benefits
    -Not too stressful. There's a lot of work, but there are so many mediocre people here, that just showing up means you're a good employee.
    -Once you're in the system, it seems like you're preferred for a lot of other UCSF jobs.

    Cons

    -Horrible HR. Slow and get the final say on everything.
    -Low salaries compared to industry/private.
    -Lots of turnover in some departments. I worked in two different departments and never had a direct supervisor last longer than 9 months. They either leave for other UC jobs or for industry because salaries are so low here. This means that you can never be sure the tasks you're responsible for today will be your responsibility in a month, or if you'll have additional duties on your plate. You sometimes get a stipend (a raise if you have a good dept) for additional duties, but more often not. Which leads me to...
    -Heavy workload for not that much money.
    -Top-heavy.

    Advice to Management

    -Hire fewer managers, more low-level staff.
    -Pay fairly, especially when people take on more work.
    -Offer more skills development training for staff. *Hard* skills, not seminars about mindfulness/diversity/de-stressing/etc.


  7. "Okay Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits and retirement plans are good and the opportunity to be involved in meaningful work.

    Cons

    No training, gossipy environment, condescending employees with big egos.

    Advice to Management

    Provide your new hires and employees with training and weed out the toxic people who gossip and are condescending.


  8. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits, intelligent and diverse group of employees, and pride in the UCSF mission statement. It is great to work for a medical school involved in important clinical research, so your work has a purpose.

    Cons

    Large institution. Difficult to navigate the immensely complex system of departments, divisions, and systems.


  9. "Excellent Environment, Great Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent, passionate people who care about making the world better through education and healthcare

    Cons

    Pay is lower than normal Bay Area tech salaries but benefits are excellent


  10. "practice manger at UCSF HAVE TOO MUCH POWER"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    none i can think of

    Cons

    the practice mangers think they are Nurses, just glorified secretary with big ego, totally unprofessional, they treat staff terrible

    Advice to Management

    Get a Clue, UCSF was the wordt environment, management stinks. you can only transfer out to another Job if they are in a good mood, no room for advancement. they want your Blood in these practices, no matter what you do it's never enough, even if you work 200%, they will find one thing wrong and Blow it out of proportion, so you don't score high and put it on your written evaluation.


  11. "UCSF postdoc"

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

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pros: world-class scientists, excellent technology, attention to professional development.

    Cons

    Compared to similar-level universities (e.g. Stanford): rigid hierarchical structure, especially in medically-oriented departments. Remarkably little collaboration; some labs unnecessarily competitive to the point that it interferes with scientific advancement. Some professors give little freedom to their lab members. Promotion, especially from postdoc to faculty, often appears to depend on personal connection to a big-name professor and not on the relevant skills. Diversity is celebrated on paper, but faculty in the vast majority of departments are not diverse at all.

    Advice to Management

    Promote collaborations! Give collaborative grants, establish centers, etc. Hire diverse faculty based on their scientific acumen, not connections.


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