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Updated May 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Modern facility and equipment, great coworkers, good work life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Good benefits with IRA match with vested contributions after 4 years (in 58 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. "Good work environment that encourages professional development"

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


  2. "Loved the collegial environment, management can improve"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    All the Staff is amazing and great place to learn.

    Cons

    Process to get hired takes awhile.


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  5. "UC offers opportunity but harsh environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate I in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate I in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    More opportunities to learn for those just starting out in the sciences

    Cons

    Terrible HR, power of PIs often goes unchecked


  6. "Graduate Student UCSF"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Highly collaborative with great support for any research project.

    Cons

    San Francisco is expensive and can be challenging on a graduate student budget.


  7. "Full Specialist III at Applied Genomics Laboratory (UCSF)"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Full Specialist III in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Full Specialist III 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 program, great PI (Dr. Il-Jin Kim). I'm having a great time and learning a lot.

    Cons

    Not really much cons if you are a hard worker and love Genomics.


  8. "Manager –Data Architecture- Enterprise Information and Analytics (BI & DW)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager –Data Architecture- Enterprise Information and Analytics in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager –Data Architecture- Enterprise Information and Analytics in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment with smart people

    Cons

    Slow, not innovative. Always in fire-fighting mode.


  9. "giant organization"

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    Former Employee - Associate Research Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Research Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    comparably good welfare and life work balance

    Cons

    bad management, problems blows out once a while

    Advice to Management

    follow the RAs on track instead of letting go till something happens


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    "Communications Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong efforts to create a good workplace. Many perks, great benefits.

    Cons

    Pay lags too far behind the private sector.

    Consolidation of some business units over the past few years have created problems and new costs.

    There has been some recent outsourcing of IT jobs, resulting in layoffs.


  11. "Research Analyst II"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great staff, professional development opportunities, and culture.

    Cons

    Terrible HR; bureaucratic and takes a long time to get jobs posted


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