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UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated April 18, 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 56 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. "UCSF Private Swim Instructor"

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

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

    Pros

    I recieved a 401k which was awesome to save up. Free gym membership and discount on the classes. Pretty exciting stuff.

    Cons

    If you work over a certain number of hours, you'll need work minimal hours to make up for it.


  2. "Assistant Professor"

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

    The university has a lot of great research, great collaborators, and exciting work. There is a lot of flexibility in the job. 24 days of vacation (16 hours accrued per month) is very generous.

    Cons

    Much lower salary than one could make in industry or private practice.
    Because UCSF is so prestigious, there is a feeling that you should consider yourself lucky to even have the opportunity to work there; thus the department is very arrogant towards its junior faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to nurture your in house talent. These are people who you trained, so nurture them so that they have the opportunity to succeed at UCSF rather than somewhere else.


  3. "Best place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Teaching institution, you learn from everyone around you no matter what your position is. Great benefits, great training, and team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Vacation bank is scarce. Only 2.5 weeks per year allowed if you work 40hrs per week. Even less allowed if you work less than that.

    Advice to Management

    Give your workers more vacation hours and a separate bereavement bank. 2.5 weeks per year of vacation for someone who works full time 40 hrs per week is ridiculously little compared to other hospitals. On top of that, if someone needs bereavement time off, that time off is taken from the 2.5 weeks of vacation leaving no time for personal time or vacation for the rest of the year. Your workers who clock in and out and give their all everyday deserve a little more than this. Otherwise, UCSF is great.


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  5. "A Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst III in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst III in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The faculty and staff are extremely dedicated and hard-working. It's great to know that when you are employed here you are actually working toward something – improved health care for all.

    Cons

    Often times you will only get a significant raise if you switch jobs. Also it can be fairly hierarchical.


  6. "Great Place to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Excellent environment for Career growth

    Cons

    Not enough benefits for employees for housing.


  7. "Fun times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Clinical Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits: health plan, retirement plan, transportation reimbursement

    Cons

    UCSF - it's a bureaucracy, so management is slow and it takes time for effects to take place.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Research Associate 2"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Proactive organization. Lots interesting and cutting-edge research going on. Facilities are generally nice and up-to-date.

    Cons

    Salaries for non-faculty staff members are very low relative to the cost of living in San Francisco and most of the rest of the Bay Area. Benefits are not great, including health insurance, which is ironic for a medical school. Many research and technical positions are union positions, requiring a monthly contribution, but I'm not convinced union representation has improved anything for members, especially considering the laughably low wages for the Bay Area.


  9. "scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You have flexibility to arrange your experiment and plan. The professor is very accessible. There are a lot of opportunities to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    When the funding climate is tight like today, a lot of labs are losing funding, and lab size is cutting down. Some of good scientists are losing their confidence.

    Advice to Management

    The management teams should have a better plan to plan the budget. Renovation is going on all the time, most of them are not necessary .


  10. "IT Field Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Field Services Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Field Services Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great organizational mission. Great customers. Good technology. Good team environment. Set hours. Job duties are well described and accurate. Many points of contact if help is needed.

    Cons

    Limited chance for upward mobility. Management is disorganized and lacks enterprise-wide experience. Tons of dead weight sitting around waiting for pensions to kick in. Good place to park your career if this is your last stop.

    Advice to Management

    Outsource general IT and let the separate departments add on specialized IT as they wish at their expense


  11. "UCSF research"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting topics, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Little professional development and hard to grow professionally

    Advice to Management

    Group specific, but care more about your employee's development and growth



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