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Updated May 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Modern facility and equipment, great coworkers, good work life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Good benefits; learning environment: people talking science everywhere (in 58 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. "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.


  2. "Program Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    mission-driven organization, great people, top notch faculty and staff

    Cons

    low pay, bureaucracy, finance system, work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Consider work-from-home options, more flexibility with work schedules, judge faculty on people management as well as publications, increase pay. This title is really that of a project manager but is re-titled so they can pay you less.

  3. "Good for older employees not really for young and passionate employees"

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

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

    Pros

    slow work environment, no pressure to go a step further, recognition (you don't have to explain where you work since everyone knows UCSF)

    Cons

    lack of motivation in the environment in general, not much room to grow, politics


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco as an intern

    Pros

    The pay and my boss

    Cons

    The people and the negative environment


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Pay sucks!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    * Good foot in the door opportunity
    * Good healthcare & pension benefits

    Cons

    * Even more senior folks are hired as junior specialists. Not having a clear definition for roles helps professors in hiring well talented individuals for a lower pay and a lower title. Even if you prove at your job, you get hikes only based on the base you came in! So, beware and dont join UCSF at a lower pay.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees well!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Facilities"

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    Current Employee - Facilities in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits and job security

    Cons

    No career path if you do not know someone

    Advice to Management

    The current employees must be consider at first along any hiring process instead to bring anyone and leaving someone without hope regardless that already has delivered long time of good service for the Company. If someone studied something deserve an opportunity.


  7. "Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in Fresno, CA

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Working with cutting edge clinical trials on a variety of disease indications: pneumonia, stroke, diabetes, liver disease, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, heart failure, cerebral aneurysm, influenza, valley fever etc. So much to learn- fascinating. Good research facility. Nice benefit package. People on campus, and in other departments, were friendly and helpful. Our IT techs were terrific.

    Cons

    1.Teach your staff how to train new employees.
    2. Look at your employment history- You have had a difficult time finding the right people and, or keeping the right them. This should be a wake up call.

    Advice to Management

    1.Teach your staff how to train. And, teach your staff what it means, in "real-time", to be a team player.
    2. Do not tolerate gossiping, do not tolerate colleagues to name call: stupid and idiots", etc.
    3. Look at your employee history- You have had a difficult time finding the right people and, or keeping them. This should be a wake up call.

  8. "Adjunct Professor"

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    Former Employee - Health and Fitness for Students in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Health and Fitness for Students in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Poor management skills , in fighting , divided. Unhappy place to work in many many departments. Avoid IT, ESS, Koret.

    Cons

    See above pros.
    It's generally a place people go to die

    Advice to Management

    Talk to former employees see how much happier they are after they leave. Look at your principles and think long deep and hard.


  9. "Program Manager at Healthforce Center at UCSF"

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

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

    Pros

    -UCSF benefits
    -Can be good if you find the right department within UCSF, but I wouldn't recommend the Healthforce Center at UCSF

    Cons

    -Awful director and leadership at Healthforce Center
    -Turnover rate has been over 50% in the last 2+ years due to poor leadership
    -Morale is low and there is little trust amongst employees
    -Leadership prioritizes faculty members over staff (i.e., faculty are more valuable than staff members)
    -Leadership does not seek input from employees about their opinions or needs
    -Director starts relationships with employees as if we have something to prove before she grants basic respect and trust to individuals
    -Director is completely oblivious to the negative impact her poor leadership has on the staff

    This place used to be decent to work for when the founder was around but after he retired, the new director is terrible; it's amazing how a center that focuses on leadership development can be so terrible at practicing it. Do yourself a favor and avoid applying for a job here; there's a reason why they have many job posts listed- can't retain talented employees.

    Advice to Management

    Try and practice what you preach in your leadership seminars. It will go a long way with your employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Get in, get out"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Because they dont promote or give raises in the same dept, you can work one job for a little bit and then switch for a new job at a different dept at ucsf for a higher ranking/paying position and climb the ladder that way.

    If you're ambitious and just starting out in research/healthcare, it's okay job to get experience.

    Cons

    Poor managers. Does not reward hard work. To get a raise at UCSF, you have to leave the department. No career development. The university is top heavy, too many managers and directors. No organization. Poor on boarding for new staff. Low team morale.

    Advice to Management

    Management is lazy and theyre just collecting checks. They will brown nose the doctors and directors. The lower staff does all the work. And even then, the lower staff does just enough to get by to the next day. Ucsf lacks initiative, organization, and effort. The staff members with no ambition are the ones that stay in the same dept, while top talent leave. You end up having a bunch of people that want to keep things the same way, with no ambition to improve, and do just enough to not get fired until they can retire.


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