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Updated July 24, 2017
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  • Modern facility and equipment, great coworkers, good work life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Great benefits and room for growth (in 59 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing Culture"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Laboratory Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Laboratory Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people with winning personalities

    Cons

    Not a lot of support from our union

    Advice to Management

    More communication with CLS and upper management on budgets, projects, etc.


  2. "Innovative place"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge Research and facilities. Positioned well for translational research. Mission bay campus is where it's at. Lots of smart and collaborative people.

    Cons

    Not much work life balance. Cost of living is high. Lots of ego, gender bias. Publish or peril strong mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Publishing needs to change. Stronger movement to support open access journals. Obtaining grants becoming biased with I scratch your back you scratch mine mentality

  3. "Alright"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent commute options, growth opportunities

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and hostile work environment


  4. "Part-Time Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco part-time

    Pros

    Overall my team was great

    Cons

    My grant ended and there was not enough funding for me to continue working.

    Advice to Management

    Do not micromanage your employees and make sure to put in time for professional development.


  5. "Great Place to Learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Intellectual Flexibility, Grad students are treated like peers

    Cons

    Unstructured environment, if this is not for you. Graduate School will be hard


  6. "Great Place to WORK & Make a Difference"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Satisfying work that supports a wide variety of doctors, nurses, and in the end - ensures that the patients receive the best care in the world. The research that takes place at UCSF is also world class. This is why UCSF is consistently ranked among the best institutions in the USA.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is more challenging than expected and made more intense because we must find solutions to move things forward. Although it might be seen as a negative - it makes things better for those suffering so it is all for the greater good.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the impacts of outsourcing before doing any further moves in that direction.


  7. "Junior Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Junior Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Specialist 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

    Amazing research, great people, good opportunities to publish, wonderful on a resume

    Cons

    Low pay, people can be condescending at times

    Advice to Management

    Raise wages

  8. "Excellent Place to Grow Your Career, But Highly Competitive!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Director 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

    -Great retirement plan (one of the best I've ever seen)
    -4 weeks PTO per year (+13 holidays). The longer you work here, the more PTO you get. Especially if you are in a management position
    -Networking opportunities for advancing your careers are tremendous (but you have to do the work. Nobody is going to just approach you. You only get what you put into it)
    -Pay is decent. Opportunity for annual 10-15% bonus through management incentive plan

    Cons

    -Parking SUCKS. (Sorry, but it's the truth) Highly recommend you never buy a car if you live in the city of San Francisco. Save yourself the headache and peace of mind. Take it from someone who has one.
    -Cost of living in SF is beyond ridiculous. It's insane. You like paying $4000+ for 1-bedroom apartment rental? You like paying $300+ a month for parking? You like $12 coffees and $15 ice creams? You like spending $13 on lunch every day? Then this is the place for you! Welcome.
    -This is a highly competitive environment with very intelligent people. Please remember that UCSF is one of the top medical schools and hospitals/health systems in the country and the world. So it can be very challenging to get into the system and then (even harder) move up within the ranks. You really need to know the right people to keep moving up in your career, or you will simply become another needle in the haystack. There are over 20,000+ people working here, so you need to put the time in to develop relationships with the key players that run this organization (fyi, this is only advice for those who want to pursue a management track). Don't complain about how some are more lucky than others. Use your brain. You make your OWN luck in life. Focus. Put in the time and energy, and you will reap the rewards.
    -If you do get promoted, please keep in mind that UCSF imposes a 25% pay raise cap on their employees. Which means that you cannot earn more than 25% raise of your previous salary each year without UCSF Board of Reagents Approval. Since salaries often eat up the majority of any company's costs, they do this to control their costs. You can beat this if you provide solid evidence why you deserve more, but it's not an easy thing to beat.
    - Pay could be better. But lets be honest, everybody wishes they made more money no matter where you work. It doesn't matter how much we make. What's more important is how you save your money through focused discipline and spend wisely throughout the years. Always pay yourself first. Always put yourself first. Never throw money away on stupid girlfriends/boyfriends, credit cards, lavish cars, overpriced trips, and you will be ok. Enjoy your life today, but be smart. Live within your current means and plan for tomorrow too. And always pay down your student loans as QUICKLY as possible. Those things are absolute death traps.

    Advice to Management

    None. Keep up the good work


  9. "Great place to learn!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    GreatResearch, great mentorship, great location,

    Cons

    Very bad pay, bad HR, Visa issues


  10. "Great place to work with a lot of benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Pension available after 5 years of working at UCSF

    Cons

    No Parking available on super busy areas


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