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UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals San Francisco Reviews

Updated August 4, 2017
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UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals CEO; CEO, UCSF Children's Hospital Mark R. Laret
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Pros
  • Great Benefits and ability to grew from within (in 28 reviews)

  • Work Life Balance, Brilliant Physicians (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • I did not take advantage of the work/life balance and worked a ton (in 7 reviews)

  • High cost of living in the area (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Lab Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Tremendous opportunity for growth, ability to work autonomously with the superb supervision of the staff.

    Cons

    There currently are no cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Watch for downsizing, job role creep or project mission changes"

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    Former Employee - Analyst IV in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst IV in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Prestige of hospital and academic medical center
    Great and helpful colleagues; outstanding nursing staff
    Benefits: not as good as some larger private employers, but great variety
    Wage Works option for commuting costs -- subsidy
    Gym membership -- subsidy, though not free. Mission Bay has better options than Parnassus, but good facilities

    Options for advancement

    Cons

    Commuting and congestion around Mission Bay. This will worsen with major construction projects and the basketball arena. Difficult enough to get out of the Mission Bay campus on baseball home game nights. Will worsen with the basketball arena.

    Some managers are not provided with enough support or training for onboarding new employees. It is not appropriate to tell new hires: "oh, we don't do onboarding in this department."

    If your program, dept or projects has/have multiple funders -- feds, corporate, and foundations, you should expect conflicts between the funders and more input -- some call interference -- from donors or funders. This can be difficult, offputting, and disheartening to clinicians, PIs, or lab heads accustomed to more free rein from NIH or CDC funders.

    Thus, implementing a more entrepreneurial spirit or culture, particularly if candidates come from Lean Six Sigma heavy clinical environments, or the consulting work, can be very difficult.

    Foundation funding can be year to year and not the five-year windows many in research academic are accustomed. It can be very difficult to hire mid-level or junior staffers for one year, even post-doc fellows, with "pending or likely re-funding" in the job description. San Francisco had less than 4% unemployment. Most people in the expensive SF Bay Area need more job security than a one-year assignment. If that is what you can offer, recruit from the local graduate schools more actively, for students getting graduate degrees at night or in executive MBA or MPH programs.

    Advice to Management

    For PIs...particularly..talk to you line manager and not only the administrative department heads, particularly if there are conflicts or differing expectations/demands among funders.

    Treat your staff with more respect and dignity. Assume that staff with 20 years service and clinical experience may actually know more than someone with 7 years experience.

    Check some of your privilege, particularly among and/or about women in the workforce -- (we are not all "mothers") and Latinos/Hispanics. I grew tired of hearing "your Spanish is so good for a white lady."

  3. "Clinical Nurse III"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the best Academic Medical Center in the World

    Cons

    I don't see anything at this moment.

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. "Front desk personnel"

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    Former Employee - Office Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Office Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great employees to work with. We all helped each other when it got busy. Very talented set of employees and the training time was very minimal with other new employees.

    Cons

    Management are not very loyal to their employees. If you had a problem with a protocol or there was a glitch in the system, we were to blame and the did nothing to fix it.

    Advice to Management

    You might loose really great employees if something doesn't change.


  5. "Looking for a dynamic and better paying job."

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic. Open to everyone. International. Innovator.

    Cons

    Not enough pay for a city as San Francisco.


  6. "Good Place to work, too much Bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Practice Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Practice Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, annual standardized raises and bonus opportunities.

    Cons

    Lack of individualized accommodation for employees. Too much big business in healthcare!


  7. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of patients and their families.

    Cons

    Sometimes a disconnect in goals of the organization, the goals of providers and the the staff that support them.

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk, i have often seen vision or mission or policies stated, but executive leadership does not demonstrate these principles.

  8. "Consulting"

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Provided consulting services.
    They were open and welcomed new ideas
    Was able to implement an innovative universal interface

    Cons

    Not much, except to get to the campus parking and traffic can be hard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good and Bad"

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

    I have been working at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits / Great Benefits / Great Benefits. You need to look at the whole compensation package because (as a once finance person there) what UCSF pays you *say 65K as your take home, and what UCSF pays for you are two different things. The company pays about 40% more on top of what you take home, in benefits for you. so you are really making 65K+40% more. Good work/life balance but only IF you personally take advantage of it.

    Cons

    I did not take advantage of the work/life balance and worked a ton. That is why I was very frustrated and got bitter and burned out. There are also a ton of office politics and gossip which is to be expected from an institution that is THE LARGEST employer in SF along with "lifer's" (aka: people who plan on retiring from there) so 50% of people slack off all day and 50% of people do everything.

    Advice to Management

    less top down management and listen more to middle management and the great suggestions from the staff that feed it up to middle management.


  10. "Hospital Assistant III"

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    Former Employee - Hospital Assistant III in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Hospital Assistant III in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great benefits. Excellent learning environment.

    Cons

    - No parking. Cafeteria food abysmal.


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