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UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated Dec 4, 2019

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  1. "Postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar 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

    Great academics, well-structured departments, good resources, and one of the best career development center for postdocs

    Cons

    Fellows with MD get preferential treatment in research labs, in some departments senior investigators dominate, as in most institutions, poor oversight of postdoc rights

    Advice to Management

    make investigators more accountable for postdoc rights and development

    UC San Francisco2015-07-26
  2. "Review from a Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    UCSF is a top-notch medical university with access to unlimited resources for procuring grant funding and conducing research. UCSF provides numerous training and career planning activities for postdoctoral fellows.

    Cons

    UCSF has a highly competitive and siloed work environment. It is not always conducive to collaboration. Many high-profile researchers have little time to mentor students. Great work environment for highly motivated and self-directed postdocs.

    Advice to Management

    Set clear benchmarks and requirements for mentorship of postdoctoral scholars. Increase funding for postdoctoral scholars. Make more affordable campus housing options to postdoctoral scholars.

    UC San Francisco2015-07-12
  3. "Postdoc in SF"

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    Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at UC San Francisco for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, excellent innovative culture, excellent and cool science!!

    Cons

    Poor pay -- but that's not specific to UCSF -- all places pay postdocs peanuts for their qualifications

    Advice to Management

    Lobby for higher pay at the national level

    UC San Francisco2015-06-25
  4. "Post Doc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Great place to conduct research and cultivate connections. Great lab facilities and personnel. Cutting edge research.

    Cons

    The price of living has gone up substantially. Although UCSF offers great health benefits, the pay scale for postdocs is horrible.

    UC San Francisco2015-05-29
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoc at UCSF"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good health insurance package, well-connected network of scientists.

    Cons

    San Fran is too expensive for this salary, no childcare package for postdocs at reduced rates; costs more than $2000 per month even in UCSF childcare. It is financially impossible to have 2 kids in childcare even if both the parents are working (as postdocs).

    UC San Francisco2015-06-07
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Bloated, slow-moving bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great research institution, incredible minds on the academic side.

    Cons

    Outside of the professors, postdocs, and students, it is rare to find people other than the "No" bureaucrat model. One has to pull teeth to get anything done, especially if a task requires multiple departments (e.g., HR and Payroll) to work together. It's maddening.

    Advice to Management

    Not much can be done. Any large bureaucracy is guaranteed to be a miserable place to work.

    UC San Francisco2015-05-18
  7. "Postdoc Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very Collaborative Enviroment, Great people, Great Ideas, Beautiful City

    Cons

    Postdoc

    UC San Francisco2015-04-10
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not a great place for postdocs"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 
    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

    The place has a great reputation for its research and does indeed have some exceptional researchers in its ranks

    Cons

    As a postdoc researcher it seemed like the university cut corners at every chance to save a few bucks. I never felt valued or respected as an employee

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating postdocs so poorly.

    UC San Francisco2015-02-04
  9. "Helen Diller cancer center -- great community, mediocre resources"

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    Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    The Helen Diller Cancer Center at Mission Bay has dozens of excellent labs, all thematically organized around cancer. The building also hosts excellent seminar speakers during the fall/winter/spring. It's easy to collaborate, learn a technique, or borrow supplies from your colleagues.

    Cons

    Like the other UC campuses, UCSF doesn't have a lot of money. The core facilities in particular seem underfunded compared to Stanford. There is also a lot of bureaucratic red tape that slows things down any time you want to do something, like hire a tech or apply for a grant. Postdocs are paid the NIH minimum salary, but that's not much compared to the cost of living in SF.

    UC San Francisco2015-01-08
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Interdisciplinary workplace at UCSF"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    UCSF has a great research environment and a very good infrastructure. This makes it easy to do research, form collaborations for scientific progress. Several eminent scientists, even Nobel laureates, work at UCSF and there are opportunities to interact with them, learn about their research, advice etc. UCSF has a very good interface with industry which gives postdocs a chance to hear about working in the industry. The office of career development at UCSF is available to postdocs to develop their career path. The lab environment is genial and give freedom to work at own pace.

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    Cons

    Living in San Francisco is expensive. Compensation for postdocs compared to the work they put in is negligible. Work contracts for postdocs are only for 1 year which makes it difficult to plan ahead. Especially for international postdocs, many problems arise with having just a 1 year visa.

    Advice to Management

    UCSF should seriously consider paying their postdocs more. If this entails hiring fewer (but exceptional) postdocs, then they should do it. Once the capabilities of an employee are ascertained (one year from appointment), postdocs must be given longer contracts. The office of career development should provide more information/training for jobs outside academia and industry to postdocs. Alternatively, graduate students should be trained so that they can be qualified for other jobs after they graduate, that are outside academia or industry, e.g., science communication

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    UC San Francisco2014-11-01
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