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UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Very nice employer, great work/life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Good benefits; learning environment: people talking science everywhere (in 63 reviews)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Senior System Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "Teams are very efficient in working with staff and patients."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outpatient Clinic Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Outpatient Clinic Coordinator 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

    Patient care is high on the list. Team members work together to get projects done. Supervisors work with staff to reach care goals.

    Cons

    Company is restructuring and expanding, causing a little confusion at times. Things sometimes change without notifying all the affected participants. The changes are showing how different departments interact, which is sometimes unexpected.

    Advice to Management

    Provide work flow I formation to each department. There are some unknown interactions that would be best know.


  4. "Registered Nurse CN ll"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff, wonderful patients,

    Cons

    "always short on staff," no lunch breaks


  5. "The world of UC"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits.
    Great diversity
    Good people and awesome food

    Cons

    Multiple campuses across the city. Awful for parking.
    Shady management.

    Advice to Management

    Just because you have a DVM doesn't make you qualified to be in a management position.


  6. "SRA2"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    lots of room for growth

    Cons

    could be overwhelmingly stressful at times being around the top talents all the time


  7. "Clinical Research Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "Staff Research Associate II"

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    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, generous vacation time/holidays, casual work environment, working with diverse groups, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Salaries could be more competitive, difficult to advance/be re-classified

    Advice to Management

    provide development and/or educational opportunities, streamline re-classifications


  9. "Great people, but hospitals are slow ships"

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    Current Employee - Practice Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Practice Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart providers, driven individuals all around

    Cons

    Healthcare change is slow but steady. Difficult to move vertically


  10. "Great Learning Experience, Not So Great People"

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

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    - Top Technology and Minds of Science
    - High level of satisfaction in execution
    - Good Knowledge and People base building

    Cons

    - Institutionalized issues due to
    - Quality of Life is low for average scientist; internal factors (i.e. hours, pressure, senior faculty stuck in 1980) and external (i.e. cost of living in Bay Area)
    - Academia is Academia. This job is decent for transitioners, in between two milestones of a career in science and/or medicine. But the people aren't great.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate tenure. You won't. But you should.


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