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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated April 28, 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. "Underpaid by Bay Area standards, good benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher 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

    Union representation means better benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, irregular mentoring, poor pay by Bay Area standards


  2. "student researcher"

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

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

    Pros

    great school, many opportunities for students to take advantage of.

    Cons

    It's a great environment for students who are independent and resourceful, can be unforgiving to those who like a little guidance and direction.

    Advice to Management

    stop spending so much on the sports teams and focus on academic departments instead.


  3. "Graduate Student Instructor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA

    Pros

    Students as a whole are appreciative of GSI's especially in such a large school where it's harder for students to have access to professors.

    Cons

    Workload and experiences vary wildly between departments and professor teaching the class, as might be expected. Graduate students should shop around and ask others for advice about specific GSI roles.

    No central location to search for GSI opportunities, so graduate students have to dig around a lot to find suitable positions.


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  5. "Beautiful views, high housing costs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    UC Berkeley has nearly unlimited resources, which is great for researchers. The campus is one of the most beautiful in the country and the student populations beautifully diverse.

    Cons

    The housing crisis is a real problem. Rents are sky high and student stipends don't help much.

    Advice to Management

    Build affordable housing for all students and/or provide higher stipends for graduate students.


  6. "A great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research and Development Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Research and Development Engineer 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

    Good benefits. Stimulating environment. Super smart people

    Cons

    Projects live and die based on the availability of grants. Graduate students and professors (admirably) put together highly ambitious projects, but often come up short with the deliverables due to constraints of time, people, and/or funding.


  7. "GO BEARS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Student in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is great research, great memes, good community.

    Cons

    Really tough and relentless curriculum and sometimes crowded office hours, and you fee insignificant because everyone is so amazing.

    Advice to Management

    Don't steal public funds.


  8. "Good Benefits But Low Pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate III in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate III in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Being an academic researcher has its plusses. The schedule is flexible and the benefits are great.

    Cons

    The layoffs in all the support areas means I now spend a lot of time doing things that aren't my job because there simply isn't anyone else willing to do it. Dealing with HR and purchasing is always frustrating and the buildings are filthy and run down because no money is put into upkeep. Compensation is low but benefits are good.


  9. "Library Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Library Supervisor in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Library Supervisor in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of California Berkeley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Laid back work culture, lots of vacation time per year, good benefits, and a well established higher academic setting.

    Cons

    Lacks promotional opportunities, really low pay, and lots of inequality within the department with salary structure and work obligations (some people work really hard and get paid less than others that don't work hard that get paid well).

    Advice to Management

    Difficult to provide advice since there's so much hierarchy and bureaucracy on campus and within the department. Many of the mid and upper managers are not able to manage successfully, so if you pay more to hire better and more qualified candidates -who know how to manage and advocate for their workers- the results will be more rewarding for employees but also the department and academic community.


  10. "Library Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Library Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Student Library Assistant in Berkeley, CA

    Pros

    Great work environment. Super nice managers and the parties are always a blast.

    Cons

    Not much! Work here was great!


  11. "Research Apprentice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Archeology Research Apprentice in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Archeology Research Apprentice in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    instructional, hands-on, play an active roll in the organization of research, interact with prestigious faculty.

    Cons

    Internships do not always open further doors to opportunities outside of the university, internships often rely on very specific niches.


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