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UC San Francisco Reviews

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. "Fantastic place to conduct research in basic science"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    At the mission bay campus of ucsf I had a wonderful experience conducting research as a postdoc. The university offers a stimulating intellectual environment and many opportunities for collaboration.

    Cons

    postdoctoral salaries do not afford a comfortable lifestyle


  2. "UC San Francisco Excels"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Annual Giving Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Annual Giving Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent mission. Above average compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Very large can be bureaucratic.


  3. "Analyst 1"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst I in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst I in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Steady work. Good wellness program. Amenable to training.

    Cons

    Stiff hierarchy. If you accept a job as Analyst 1 it will be an arduous road to making it to the next level. UCSF really needs Analyst 1 people, and it can take many many years before you can move ahead. Advice: avoid the Analyst 1 title, when accepting a job.


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  5. "Supervisor Audio Visual / Housemen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audio Visual Tech/Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Audio Visual Tech/Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Job description would be Operations/Audio Visual, the setting up of the facility for the various events for the clients.

    Cons

    The biggest negative would be management employee selection not knowing how to follow direction or learning to do the job.

    Advice to Management

    Find someone who has my skills to replace me.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Analyst 1 - Administrative Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks good on resume, staff are friendly

    Cons

    poorly managed, limited mobility, poor benefits

    Advice to Management

    better job training is needed


  8. "professor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Professor 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

    great resources, outstanding people to collaborate with, excellent diversity, very good benefit

    Cons

    limited support to PhD faculty, hard to have work and life balance


  9. "Grants Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Grants Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Grants Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stimulating learning environment. Gratifying mission.

    Cons

    Commuting if you don't live in the City.

    Advice to Management

    People seem unhappy with environment in the last 5 years.


  10. "Great place to do research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar 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

    Apart from being one of the best institution to pursue a career in research, UCSF has a great atmosphere of collegiality. It's fantastic to be surrounded by experts in the fields who are willing to share, help and collaborate.

    Cons

    Postdoc renumeration is barely adequate especially for an institution located in one of the most expensive cities to live in in the United States and the world.

    Advice to Management

    Housing in San Francisco is extremely expensive. Without adequate renumeration, it is becoming unaffordable to live in the same city as our campus. UCSF should have more housing available or supplement housing cost for postdocs.


  11. "I commute from the Sacramento area but despite this UCSF is a great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resources are the main benefit. Career development, free course auditing, shuttle service, etc. The nature of my work allows me to work from home some days.

    Cons

    Low pay for post docs but this is the case at all public universities. The commuter benefits could be dramatically improved.

    Advice to Management

    Please improve commuter benefits (see Genentech).


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