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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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  • Very flexible and understanding (at least in my department) when it comes to work-life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • great work environment and city (in 83 reviews)

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  1. "Good experience as a Tutor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistics and Economics Tutor in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Statistics and Economics Tutor in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a tutor you will have a very flexible schedule, you can choose your own hours. They are very friendly and answer any questions you may have.
    You also get your pay check every 2 weeks! Make it very easy for international students!

    Cons

    Maybe the salary is a little low but it is just a tutoring job so I guess that's why.


  2. "low pay, good flexibility"

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    • 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

  3. "Graduate Student in Neuroscience"

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    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.


  4. "#1 Public University"

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    • 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


  5. "Decent employment opportunities for students"

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in UC Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in UC Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive institutions, inclusive, challenging curriculum and work

    Cons

    low wages only exacerbate the broke college student's struggle.


  6. "Top Tier IT professionals"

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    • 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.


  7. "Graduate Journalism School: Technology Department"

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    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.

  8. "Great Benefits!"

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    • 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.


  9. "UCB"

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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 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. "Excellent academics, mixed experiences for grad students"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    World-class scientists, vibrant intellectual environment, generally substantial administrative resources/support for graduate students.

    Cons

    Many, perhaps most, grad students are a combination of depressed, disillusioned, and/or stuck in the wrong lab with the wrong advisor. Not a problem unique to Berkeley, but definitely endemic here.


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