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UC San Francisco Staff Research Associate II Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2019

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  1. "Staff Research Associate II"

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    Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Good benefits; learning environment: people talking science everywhere. great coworkers; flexible work schedule

    Cons

    May be required to work on weekends and evenings in the lab.

    UC San Francisco2017-01-20
  2. Helpful (1)

    "UC doesn't care"

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    World class reputation, interesting work going on

    Cons

    Inadequate support, whether from primary investigator or uc. You will be underpaid and overworked while the university profits off the goodwill that you and your position make within the community.

    Advice to Management

    Respect people, show them dignity, and pay them a living wage for the Bay area. Give real and meaningful support to employees. Work with unions instead of busting them.

    UC San Francisco2019-07-15
  3. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Amazing people! Everyone who comes here is mind-bogglingly intelligent, driven, passionate, and kind! From the graduate students to the staff to the doctors/nurses/medical professionals, everyone here is a delight to work with. -UCSF does a lot to advance the life sciences fields. You can see the direct effects we have on the community. -Good benefits--health, dental, vision, etc.

    Cons

    -You have to pay for gym access, and its not cheap! -The university is split into multiple campuses than are spread over San Francisco. Although there are free shuttles that regularly run between the campuses all day long, this commute between campuses is something to take into account when planning out your day -Ridiculously expansive city to live in. Not anything to do with UCSF in particular, but the extremely high cost of living in San Francisco makes everything a little harder.

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    UC San Francisco2018-08-27
  4. Helpful (2)

    "would not work here for research again"

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    highly ranked research institution

    Cons

    low pay when compared to similar roles in biotech, feel unappreciated, the school is just run very inefficiently like most other government agencies, they even make obtaining lab coats, which are required very difficult. they dont getting the tools you need to do your job easy

    UC San Francisco2017-10-14
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Research Associate 2"

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time for 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.

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    UC San Francisco2016-09-08
  6. "Great place to work, great place for research!"

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    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Collaborative, supportive environment. UCSF is a great facility doing cutting-edge research.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic red-tape can sometimes slow down the science.

    Advice to Management

    It would be helpful to hire more administrative staff to support researchers.

    UC San Francisco2016-06-01
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucratic, but great place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Francisco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Networking, fair, kind, can learn a lot, professional

    Cons

    bureaucratic, boring, monotonous at times, don't get the small company feel that SF is all about

    Advice to Management

    don't outsource all of your basic thinking

    UC San Francisco2016-03-02
  8. "Staff Research Associate"

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    Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Great environment for intellectual learning and growth

    Cons

    noncompetitive pay compared to other places

    UC San Francisco2015-10-02
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Staff Research Associate 2"

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    Staff Research Associate II in Daly City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Perfect for underperformers since management is oblivious to the ineffiency of some people's work.

    Cons

    Frustrating for hard working people who are paid less and asked to work more but have to watch other people earn more and do less.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people that work hard for you, not the ones that don't.

    UC San Francisco2015-09-07
  10. "Working as a research associate"

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The brand name of UCSF. Whatever you do after this working at UCSF will always be an advantage while seeking your next job. Getting to stay in the Bay area with good weather and other job opportunities. Best place to stay if you are even remotely interested in starting up later.

    Cons

    Considering the living expenses in San Francisco and the Bay, the salary is terribly low.You will have no savings at all. UCSF does not pay for any professional development courses you wish to do or that will help in your professional growth. There is no option of getting housing at UCSF for research associates and staying in the city is ridiculously expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the pay keeping the rent and living expenses in mind. Provide housing facilities to employees.

    UC San Francisco2015-08-03
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