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

  • Good benefits; learning environment: people talking science everywhere (in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • The culture tends to discourage work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Best biotech university out there"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing research environment, progressive politics. Collaborative atmosphere is off the charts. There are very few bitter competitive faculty, which in comparison to east coast schools, makes this a happy place to be.

    Cons

    The very low academic pay, I mean, you could get paid so much more out there in industry

    Advice to Management

    Treat the Postdocs and students like colleagues.


  2. "UCSF-- AN AWESOME PLACE TO WORK"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst III in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst III in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IT IS A BIG FAMILY. EVERYONE (FOR THE MOST PART) IS VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL. THE CAMARADERIE IS WONDERFUL.

    Cons

    THE BUERACRACY OF THE ADMINISTRATION

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES-- NOT JUST SUPERVISORS AND MANAGERS.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Definitely the best job I ever had."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It has excellent benefits, and, at least in the department where I work, a very nice atmosphere. That was not true in the first position I had here. There, the employees had a lot of conflict. This was made worse by having a boss who showed favortism towards some, based mainly on race. He has since left UCSF. I was passed over for a promotion twice based on race. After the second time, I filed a grievance, which helped lead to me getting my current position, where I am much happier. Within the department I am in now, we have strong leadership, and a very congenial work environment.

    Cons

    It is very large, and can be very bureacratic at times.

    Advice to Management

    They should try not to be so isolated from the people who work here.


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  5. "If you have talent to give, UCSF will make you shine but it's in your own hands to make it happen."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's not corporate America, you get a relaxed work environment. Plenty of different department to choose from.

    Cons

    Budgets degrade technology advances in smaller departments.

    Advice to Management

    Get feedback from your staff regularly.


  6. "UCSF has really good benefits"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst
    Current Employee - Research Analyst
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefit is great, and the employee relationships are wonderful.
    Depending on which department a person works in, things may vary.

    Cons

    Very little salary increase and facing budget cut soon.
    There is a great uncertainty about the upcoming pay cuts and they way they are doing it.

    Advice to Management

    Management is wonderful, but perhaps a little more education on how to advance in this organization.
    More mentorship is appreciated


  7. "Amazing place to do your postdoc"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people , from faculty to techs, are technically/intellectually awesome without the attitue.

    Cons

    Health insurance is a pain. Parking @ Parnussus is basically not available to postdocs (unless you're looking for motorcycle/scooter parking!).

    Advice to Management

    UCSF is a pretty amazing place to do science. Thanks for making it the way it is!


  8. "A great place to work."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Preceptorship Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Preceptorship Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    U.C.S.F. was a wonderful place to work that gave me the opportunity to develop an polish my management skills. U.C.S.F. encourages personal and carrier development. While every department is different, for the most part it is a place where people want to come to work.

    Cons

    Advancement can be slow, this is of course the part of the State of California. However U.C.S.F. is a place where you can work on your goals, whether they are internal or external to the university.

    Advice to Management

    I was fortunate to have had the most wonderful bosses.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place for Research Experience & Rigorous Training"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very rigorous training; very professional & academically competent coworkers; good resources available

    Cons

    while progressive has its benefits, extremely liberal to a hard-core degree

    Advice to Management

    while excellent, be more objective and less biased toward conservative researchers; not everyone needs to have the same political agenda to contribute at a high level


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Still a great institution to work for"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    UCSF is one of the country's leading centers for biomedical research, specialized patient care and health education. Working here means working with top scientists, doctors and health care leaders, many of whom could make much higher salaries in private industry. Similarly, the level of dedication among staff and management is quite high, and overall, I have great respect for most of the people I work with. For me, the greatest joy is interacting with our students, who are not only incredibly gifted (UCSF attracts the best and the brightest) but almost all of them highly idealistic and eager to make the world a better place.

    Cons

    Compared to private institutions, UCSF is a "poor cousin", and its lack of "free money" is apparent in many ways: old IT infrastructure, lack of administrative support, penny-wisdom and pound-foolishness, etc. Also, because of its decentralized campuses, there is a fragmentation that causes administrative inefficiencies and communication gaps.

    Some of UCSF's challenges are problems the whole UC System is currently facing, such as the rising cost of benefits which will likely result in leaner health benefits and pension plans for new employees. However, compared to private industr,y the benefits package is still a generous one.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone recognizes the value of good communications, but more effort could be made to improve internal communications during these lean times.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "excellent for employees"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    smart people, interesting work, strong mission

    Cons

    inefficiency, state funding, some employees don't do much

    Advice to Management

    find ways to fire underperforming employees



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