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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated July 20, 2018
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  • "Low pay, not very exciting management" (in 80 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great environment, but the bureaucracy can wear one down"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people, good benefits, beautiful campus to work on

    Cons

    There are so many procedures and restrictions for processing payments that the whole financial system weighs itself down


  2. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to meet all kinds of smart and wonderful people!

    Cons

    Living in the bay area is a little bit expensive but compared to what you can gain here, it's all worth it!

  3. "great job"

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    Current Employee - Metagenomics Technician
    Current Employee - Metagenomics Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, great work environment. Responsibilities / experience depends heavily on what lab you are in.

    Cons

    Responsibilities / experience depends heavily on what lab you are in.


  4. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment! Very flexible hours.

    Cons

    At times you can feel a tad bit overworked

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you hire enough people in certain departments


  5. "Good Experience but requires large commitment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of California Berkeley part-time

    Pros

    Fee reduction, Decent Pay, Fun if you enjoy teaching

    Cons

    More work than usually listed, Requires extra time studying and tutoring


  6. "Varies by department, but environment can be toxic"

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    Former Employee - Student Services Advisor in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Student Services Advisor in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved working with students and (most) faculty
    Good benefits package

    Cons

    I don't feel the pay was commensurate with the responsibilities held.
    My department was very dysfunctional, problems stemmed from department heads and created negative work environment for all administrative staff in department.

    Advice to Management

    When you see problems, look to the top and start from there.


  7. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Get to know how to be a teacher. Fun to communicate with college students. Find ways to make fun and useful.

    Cons

    The university might not give you the classroom you want.

  8. "Lab Systems Engineer Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy Work environment. Easy to excel if you are a professional with ambition. Low salaries attract low talent, and its easy to rise to the top here and transfer elsewhere. You can also get a sneak peak view of technology that will be taking over the world in 10-20 years.

    Cons

    Won't pay enough to live in the area with any degree of self respect.
    Unless you are a gym teacher or professor, there is a pretty thick glass ceiling.
    Gym teachers make $250k-2.9M

    Advice to Management

    There should be a $250k/year cap on teaching extra-curricular activities. Ticket sales for sporting events don't come close to covering the cost of the programs, the rest comes from taxpayer dollars. Unacceptable.


  9. "Custodian"

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    Current Employee - Custodian in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Custodian in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and alright pay, and hidden perks and there is some free stuff out there in life at Cal.

    Cons

    The pay is alright and it could be better for all employees and to hire new workers.

    Advice to Management

    They can do better on pay and bring more new workers and open careers and more better rewards.


  10. "A place to do a postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of California Berkeley full-time

    Pros

    The research community is strong

    Cons

    Some labs are isolated


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