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UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated July 25, 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. "Postdoctoral Scholar"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    The university is highly respected and known in biomedical research and has a high concentration of outstanding scientists.

    Cons

    It is in one of the most expensive cities in the United States. The neighborhoods surrounding the campuses are crime ridden and filthy and still cost a fortune to rent in.


  2. "Resident"

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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 to work !

    Cons

    High cost of living !

  3. "postdoc"

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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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Labs are still relatively small so there is good interaction

    Cons

    Comparatively poor benefits for students


  4. "Good work environment that encourages professional development"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst 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

    Flexible hours
    Encourages professional development
    Good culture

    Cons

    Not enough flexibility with working remotely

    Advice to Management

    You guys are doing great. There isn't much you can do without changing policy.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Loved the collegial environment, management can improve"

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    Former Employee - Analyst III in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst III in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked with some of the best minds in science. Dedicated staff, faculty, physicians as well as students. I appreciated the teamwork, support as well as struggles working in a large, multi-layered complex institution. Gifted students, depth of talent and knowledge of scientists in one institution is amazing.

    Cons

    Sometimes mediocre management and pettiness as well as disorganization in some departments. Lack of skills among staff and management, although UCSF requires a college education. Some are straight from school, but lack practical skills, work experience, team related skills. Those with skills and experience are often overworked, overburdened, not acknowledged (management takes the recognition) with no mechanism in place for staff to safely file a complaint without repercussion. I am saddened by this, because there are so many striving to make a difference and believe in the mission but are not recognized nor poor management removed.

    Project management is a skill that is becoming more of a preferred requirement - why not recognize the PM certification, and/or PMP? I worked with college educated with miscellaneous acronyms who could not run a project. Make it a requirement and recognize it on an application.

    Advice to Management

    Open up opportunities to everyone, sometimes recycling people from department to department is not the answer, but opening up the opportunities to all to allow for fresh ideas and creativity. Less hierarchy and more team environment and skills building. Filter out recycled and mediocre management who move from unit to unit to move up, and those who do manage staff but have a history of job hopping do some investigating. You're just allowing the mediocrity to continue. Recognize a gifted and experienced applicant as well as the just out of college applicant with no or little work experience. Recruiters and hiring managers need to work together to better understand what it takes to fill an open position and the skills needed to take on a complex job.

    But despite the above, I count my years at UCSF as the best in my career as I retire and move on. Its been a home, as well as a place of learning. I hope the institute can continue to not only attract, but also find a way to better retain its staff, faculty and physicians to continue the world-class research and service to patients and community its so well known for.


  6. "Good benefits..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and wonderful location

    Cons

    Depending on department, management is constantly changing

    Advice to Management

    Place more value on your employees


  7. "R.A Position review"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent working environment, everyone i've worked with has been great

    Cons

    Living in the Bay Area is expensive and depending on what you do the pay may be a little hard to work with

  8. "Science Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, huge organization to transfer or work within

    Cons

    Not great mental health coverage, wish I had more hands on job training


  9. "Fresh out of college looking for research experience? Go elsewher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    -Freedom of experiment and project
    -A lot of resources for growth

    Cons

    -Terrible pay for the work
    -Often paid base pay, instead of scaling with experience.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take advantage of recent grads.


  10. "Administrative assistant - OBGYN Dept"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco part-time

    Pros

    collegial work environment, quiet open office plan

    Cons

    people are constantly being moved around; fragmented campuses all over the city make performing routine tasks very confusing


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