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UC San Francisco Reviews

Updated Dec 4, 2019

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UC San Francisco 	Interim Chancellor 	Samuel Hawgood  (no image)
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228 Ratings
  1. "Postdoctoral fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Is a rewarding work environment for good science and collaborative work . Great benefits

    Cons

    The salary for postdocs is pittance considering the cost of living in sf being on the expensive side!

    UC San Francisco2014-09-03
  2. "A great place to do biomedical research, but not without its challenges."

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    UCSF is a great academic environment to do science. The atmosphere is highly collaborative. The strong biomedical emphasis and ties with biotech industry help make basic science research more relevant and translational.

    Cons

    UCSF suffers many of the same issues as other members of the UC system - the institution is highly bureaucratic and administrative processes are frustratingly inefficient/slow. Minimum pay for postdocs follows NIH guidelines, which makes survival in San Francisco a challenge.

    UC San Francisco2014-04-23
  3. "Used to be great, still trying desperately to hang onto that, faculty not really doing their jobs"

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    Current Employee - "Postdoc" in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of people will be impressed that you work here, because of the past glory, multiple Nobel Prizes, and the healthcare coming out of the hospital. They have good facilities if you can get access to them through the bureaucracy. You will meet some excellent co-workers who are also trapped in an essentially broken system and bond over shared pain.

    Cons

    Faculty have no job responsibilities, if they decide to start a company and stop showing up, the school won't stop them. Training is non-existent. You will do all the work, you will get none of the credit. Cronyism & nepotism everywhere when hiring new people. Racism, sexism, general harassment of anyone different is rampant and nobody wants to talk about it. You can sexually harass and bully your co-workers for years and nothing will happen to you. Average faculty member is over 55 years old, white, male and a jerk. Faculty are only managed by other faculty. See problems with faculty. Grad students do almost everything but get none of the credit. Grad students & postdocs expected to work all the time with no time off. Faculty don't have time off because they don't really show up in the first place. The compensation is awful for being the most expensive city in the USA. You will not get paid what you are worth unless you are one of the rich old white male faculty members. No cost-of-living adjustments for grad students or postdocs. You'd make the same at a school in Oklahoma. The school really did have a great history, many people are trying to hold onto that, but it is getting out of hand very quickly. Faculty often leave for greener pastures, which would be great if they were replaced with new, young, energetic faculty. But they are replaced with old cronies. Most faculty do a very poor job of helping you get a job once you are done. Expect to get by purely on the UCSF name.

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    Advice to Management

    Pay your grad students & postdocs better. Require that faculty show up to their jobs and do them. If faculty start a company and start doing that instead of their teaching/mentoring/running the lab, fire them or reduce their pay.

    UC San Francisco2014-04-03
  4. Helpful (2)

    "good"

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    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    this is a world famous university conducting edge-cutting research. Good place to train future scientists.

    Cons

    the pay for postdoc is too low compared to scientific research institute around the bay area. Some lab pay lower than the NIH standard.

    UC San Francisco2014-03-27
  5. "Smart people, beautiful and fun city, not enough money or time"

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

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

    Pros

    The research environment is really stimulating and collaborative. There are always great seminars and new postdocs coming from other places to befriend and/or learn from. The faculty are all really passionate about doing good science, and it makes for a great training environment. In addition, there are numerous bay area science & technology events to attend.

    Cons

    It is incredibly expensive to live in San Francisco and UCSF does not account for the cost of living - salaries here for postdocs and graduate students are the same as they are in Nashville, TN, for example. Also, because the training environment is so top-notch, and the state of funding in science is so dire, many PIs are stressed and many people work 60-90 hours a week.

    UC San Francisco2014-02-11
  6. "postdoc at UCSf"

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

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

    Pros

    Hight rank for medical school

    Cons

    few positions available after a postdoc

    UC San Francisco2014-02-04
  7. "Postdoctoral Fellow Salary"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Smart, friendly people.

    Cons

    Salaries for postdocs are super low given how expensive San Francisco is.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the salary of postdocs.

    UC San Francisco2013-12-16
  8. "Pay more attention to talent"

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    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Amazing research being done there.

    Cons

    Postdocs don't get higher salary for living in such an expensive city.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the research talent more.

    UC San Francisco2013-11-18
  9. "Not great, not bad either."

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    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, quality of scientific research is high.

    Cons

    Disinterested faculty who do not seem to care about professional growth of students and postdocs

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your underlings.

    UC San Francisco2013-05-02
  10. "Great Quality Research, excellent place for a focused short time to take your next career step"

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     in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Francisco

    Pros

    Excellent Scientists Great infrastructure Helpful colleague Very collaborative environment Strong links with industry

    Cons

    No long term job prospects for postdocs Highly competitive

    UC San Francisco2012-05-20
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