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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Very flexible and understanding (at least in my department) when it comes to work-life balance (in 57 reviews)

  • great work environment and city (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • comparatively low pay, expensive city (in 57 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is really up to you (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "low pay, good flexibility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the best part is the flexibility

    Cons

    in my opinion they take researchers as cheap labour, as we are highly skilled but low paid


  2. "Graduate Student in Neuroscience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great collaborations and top notch scientists

    Cons

    There is a wide range of experiences you can have depending on your advisor.


  3. "#1 Public University"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Committed to serving the public

    Cons

    Bureaucratic - as with all Public Universities


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  5. "Top Tier IT professionals"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent pros everywhere; often cutting edge. Lots of database and security technologies to learn and/or dive into.

    Cons

    Nothing much as far a cons; lots of meetings.


  6. "Biologics development in Berkeley CA: Nice people, good work-life balance, risk-averse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Scientist in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Development Scientist in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Lots of really nice people and flexible schedule
    Great benefits, especially 401K matching

    Cons

    Very risk-averse, hard to get support to try new and innovative approaches
    Large company so its pretty bureaucratic


  7. "Great Benefits!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, especially if you have a family. Very flexible and understanding (at least in my department) when it comes to work-life balance.

    Cons

    Parking is kind of a pain, you need to pay for a pass and the lots (for me at least) are 5-10 minutes away from the office.


  8. "Graduate Journalism School: Technology Department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in UC Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in UC Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inclusively supports individualized self growth with early foundations all forwardly towards strengthening the progressively moving experiences that encourage and enhance the improvement of professional skills and company culture as an employee, team member and holistic company.

    Cons

    No high likelihood to get a full time promotion because the openings are sparse due to likelihood of extended seniority still in place.


  9. "UCB"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great work environment and city

    Cons

    less pay than other companies for the same job title and duties


  10. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow 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

    It's an enjoyable academic environment to work at and while there is a fair amount of stress and long working hours, the science done here is world class. In addition, even though it's highly competitive, people are quite friendly and helpful which is unusual for a world class university.

    Cons

    Obviously as a graduate student or postdoc, you are paid well below value, but it is an excellent training program as well.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to your students and postdocs, they have enough stress in life, so make the work environment pleasant as possible.


  11. "Berkeley Rec Sports"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The overall experience was positive.

    Cons

    The company seemed to be all over the place. Trying to contact management to ask questions was a hassle, and no one seemed to know the answers to any questions that the employees had. In addition, the pay was monthly, so that was difficult to manage.


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