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Updated September 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Very nice employer, great work/life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Good benefits with IRA match with vested contributions after 4 years (in 61 reviews)

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  1. "One-dimensional workplace and generally does not value staff"

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

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

    Pros

    Leading health research institution if this matches your desire to do good. Offers good salaries and very good benefits that include a pension.

    Cons

    UCSF has a caste system, and, in general, everyone who is not a doctor or a professor is not respected for their expertise. Doctors and professors get all the privileges and respect, including private offices, etc. regardless of the kind of work they do.

    Others are not respected for their knowledge and can be made to feel humiliated. Many highly skilled staff give up contributing. There is no sense of teamwork where a project can benefit from different viewpoints and professions because the research environment champions single leaders (the people who get the grants) who are expected to call all the shots even when they know nothing about an area.

    A lot of funding is based on grants and grants expire. Employment in those situations has an expiration date of at most 5 years, and most grants last for 1 year.

    Although UCSF keeps putting up new buildings, very little money goes into maintenance. In the older buildings, it's pretty common to work in the middle of mouse infestations, cramped cubicles, and windowless rooms.

    Advice to Management

    Get professors and doctors onto advisory boards and take advantage of people with expertise and training in management to do the managing.

    Put money into maintenance.


  2. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I love the people there

    Cons

    Everything is so very good

    Advice to Management

    Management is open-minded.

  3. "A great place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    UCSF attracts some of the most brilliant scientists, students, doctors, and researchers in the world. The atmosphere is friendly but with very high expectations. I was overworked (60+ hrs a week) but learned a ton and adored my colleagues. There is endless opportunity for growth, learning, mentorship, and building collaborative relationships across departments. UCSF definitely has a few things that I would change but overall I would recommend it as a workplace.

    Cons

    UCSF, in recent years, has had little to no raises & pay is way less than similar industry research jobs. I ended up switching to tech (user research) to increase my salary and improve my work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    They need to standardize the workload across departments. Some coordinators manage 30 very complex clinical trials and some coordinators manage two simple studies while getting paid the same amount. Also the strict and very limited vacation time is awful.


  4. "Research assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Nurturing work environment and nice colleagues

    Cons

    Hard to gain upward mobility


  5. "Good benefits, salary insufficient for San Francisco"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment, great health coverage

    Cons

    No diversity, salary is too low for the cost of living in San Francisco


  6. "Clinical Research Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Low salary, hard to advance unless changing jobs

    Advice to Management

    Regular merit-based increases


  7. "Jr Specialist @ UCSF"

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    Former Employee - Junior Special in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Special in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy commute, great benefits, easy to network between labs to get more research opportunities and collaborations

    Cons

    Academia and thus pay is lower than one could want. Lots of 'training' to be done to be up to code for OSHA that involves just staring at videos for hours.

  8. "Great place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Great place and great people to work with

    Cons

    Salary is not very competitive


  9. "Professor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Some flexibility in work schedule and life balance. Can see decent salaries, but that depends on being able to self fund them.

    Cons

    Need to totally support one's salary and laboratory through external means with very little safety net.

    Advice to Management

    Shift toward more commitment to full time faculty. Reduce disparities between practicing physicians who can earn a living in their trade and research focused basic science faculty who are prevented from doing the same.


  10. "Senior System Administrator"

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

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Very nice employer, great work/life balance

    Cons

    None I can think of, maybe lower salary than industry


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