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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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University of California Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks
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Pros
  • Very flexible and understanding (at least in my department) when it comes to work-life balance (in 61 reviews)

  • great work environment and city (in 87 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay compared to non uni jobs (in 67 reviews)

  • Work/life balance could be improved (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Research environment"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in UC Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Researcher in UC Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Berkeley encourage corporative research environment. A lot of research centers and institutes were established with a lot professors working together. The living at Berkeley is very convenient.

    Cons

    Some of the facility in campus is a bit out-of-dated. The Post-doc salary may be a bit low due to it is a public school


  2. "Working as a GSI"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The students are always motivated, and the department is very helpful.

    Cons

    There is always budgeting issues.

  3. "Berkle"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    uhh.... nothing really applicable here

    Cons

    There is too much suffering

    Advice to Management

    Stop the suffering


  4. "UC Berkeley postdoc salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good benefit, especially the health insurance

    Cons

    high competition, high pressure depending on your PI


  5. "Teacher Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Practice public speaking continually helps your development.

    Cons

    Grading takes a lot of time.


  6. "Research Assistant for Haas School of Business"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working in the REFM lab this summer. Everyone was super friendly. I also really appreciated the support I got for my project.

    Cons

    Caltime (the clocking system) was online and a little bit buggy.


  7. "PhD Student"

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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

    I love the campus, professors, students, and staffs here.

    Cons

    Not enough for a family to live

  8. "Great"

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

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

    Pros

    great environment, great coworkers, lots of resources

    Cons

    can get crowded, not many benefits


  9. "Executive Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities for advancement on campus. Much of it is dependent on your immediate supervisor, and whether he/she supports upward mobility and ambition. The benefits are amazing and there are many extremely smart people, including staff, faculty, and students. There is a reason it is the best university in the world.

    Cons

    Many staff members are entrenched in the way they have done things for 25 years and are not open to new methods or technologies. These days we have better communication methods better than faxing! It is a huge bureaucracy and things move very slowly. You have to negotiate the best salary you can when you are hired because raises are nearly non-existent. Some years it is a 2% increase, sometimes none.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your staff to grow and advance. It will only help the University!


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smartest people in the world, experts in their field.

    Cons

    None. Depends on the department and lab


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