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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated April 19, 2018
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University of California Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks
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  • Lots of complaining about low pay (in 79 reviews)

  • work life balance can be a problem (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Video Production Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Video Editor/Producer in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Video Editor/Producer in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have been working here for the last 4 years in the Video Technology Department for the Cal Football Department. This experience has truly been amazing! I've had the pleasure of cultivating relationships with such sincere, open-minded, tenacious, and hard-working individuals.

    Cons

    HOLIDAYS DON'T EXIST IN FOOTBALL!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you are doing. The bond that is created in the Cal Football Family is something that I am sure can't be replicated anywhere else in the world.


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    "Campus Shared Services - Bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team mates. Like-minded people who are passionate about their work and believe in providing top-tier support to their campus clients. I made lifelong friends working here.

    Cons

    If you like working for an organization that is innovative, works hard to stay efficient and effective, and takes constructive feedback - stay away. Bureaucracy (UCOP) within bureaucracy (campus) within bureaucracy (CSS) is a lot of layers to navigate through to accomplish even the smallest improvements.

    There is a huge issue with younger "Millennial" employees; older employees openly (jokingly?) blame Millennials on changing workforce priorities, extremely high turnover, and frustrations with management. As such, Millennials tend to hang out together and work hard to prove themselves, which only leads to more ostracization. Even senior management has joined in the Millennial bashing/blame-game.

    Inept middle management; they are constantly getting in the way of their teams' productivity, and would even lie to our campus clients and throw their team under the bus. And now CSS is trying to rebrand themselves ("regional model"), but management has been unable to vocalize what (if anything) is even changing, other than management reorganizations.

    Also, you always hear: 'If you work for a UC, the pay isn't as good, but the benefits/pensions are amazing!' Well...the pay not being good is still true, but the benefits and pensions have been slowly getting worse for the past several years. Benefits (medical, dental, vision) are still great if you have a full family, but other standard perks are nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Blaming high turnover on Millennials isn't the problem - most people who left my department while I was working there were not at all Millennials. The workforce is changing, and you need to innovate to meet the changing needs of both employees and campus clients.

    I know there's little management can do about the bureaucracy, since there are so many layers of it (starting with UCOP). But processes need to be improved.

  3. "Love Berkeley!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, very inspiring environment

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be difficult to deal with


  4. "Engaging work but highly bureaucratic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting atmosphere in the heart of such an innovative sphere. Great meeting new people doing diverse work and interest.

    Cons

    School has many bureaucratic issues, more so than other public universities I have worked for in the past


  5. "good for chill work study"

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    Current Employee - Work Study, Assistant
    Current Employee - Work Study, Assistant

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    generally work study is pretty chill, you can do homework and study on your down time.

    Cons

    if you're looking to learn a lot, this isn't the job you want.

    Advice to Management

    if you have so many talented students and you're paying for them, shouldn't you take advantage of them more and give them actual work?


  6. "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great, lots of perks. Just don't have the time to participate.

    Cons

    Pay in some areas are not competitive.


  7. "Student employee overall great job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley part-time

    Pros

    Good flexibility, relaxed, opportunity for interesting work

    Cons

    Not many hours for part time

  8. "Ups and Downs"

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    Former Employee - Infant/Toddler Teacher
    Former Employee - Infant/Toddler Teacher
    Recommends

    I worked at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If employer name is important, this give you great status
    Was able to get clipper card at discounted rate
    After 5 years, you're vested and will get a pension
    Nice to be a part of a community organized around the common goal of education

    Cons

    No tuition remission if you went to a UC
    look at your health plan very closely to see if it meets your needs
    Lots of silo-ing, i.e. departments don't talk to each other

    Advice to Management

    Hold more meetings with your workers to hear from them first hand


  9. "Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley part-time

    Pros

    Hours were flexible and easy to work around school

    Cons

    Hours being cut and overall inefficiency was not good.

    Advice to Management

    BE EFFICIENT


  10. "Growth Oriented"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Respect Research oppurtunities Flat Level Hierarchy

    Cons

    Delays Travel Problems Accomodation problems


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