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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated March 12, 2017
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  • Low pay, but that could just be the role I am in (in 10 reviews)

  • Lots of red tape to deal with, takes a very long time to receive approvals (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Student Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Merit Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Merit Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Nice to work at the school while attending school

    Cons

    The pay is very low while working on a professional degree


  2. "UC Berkeley"

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    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility, benefits and people.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, not a lot of money to support programs


  3. "U.C. Berkeley"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Supervisor in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Procurement Supervisor in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of California full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits Package for Health Insurance.

    Cons

    Change in Culture. It seems that the University is moving towards a more corporate based culture.

    Advice to Management

    Research processes before implementing.


  4. "student"

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

    Pros

    very good experience as a student

    Cons

    too many students but also a lot of opportunities


  5. "Student Assistance"

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    Current Intern - Student Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Current Intern - Student Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of California as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    A very nice people to work with. They understand how the class at UC Berkeley are time consuming and requires a lot of time to study and finish the project, So they will let you to work with very flexible schedule.

    Cons

    You might be expected to do other than sitting in front of your computer. Like changing a broken wire for the computers and move the computers to the storage area. The part I didn't really is cleaning the computers. They should hire someone else for that to keep the computers and also the working area clean.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate for your love and caring.


  6. "Great School"

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent environment for high quality research.

    Cons

    The pay is a bit low as it is a public university


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of people have good experiences working at UC Berkeley. Usually it's because they are fortunate enough to have colleagues and supervisors who care more than they have to.

    Cons

    On an institutional level, there is very little quality control. Dysfunctionality is the default state of things. Lots of red tape.

    Advice to Management

    The administration is incredibly broken. This has become especially clear with the recent sexual harassment scandal, but those of us who spent time at UC Berkeley have been aware for a long time. While all universities have their issues, UC Berkeley wins the prize for red tape. California needs to take a long hard look at other public universities that work better and learn from them.


  8. "Postdoctoral Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Name recognition, active postdoc communities, and teaching experience all formed the core pros for my stay at Berkeley

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the department I was in had no postdoc support; they were unprepared to even keep me on list serves or list me on their website even when I was lecturing. The Berkeley pay brackets are some of the narrowest I've encountered and for such an expensive area, formed a real problem. I had essentially no mentoring and found the administrative structure heavy handed and confining.


  9. "Graduate student instructor in Humanities"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great institution, great reputation. Wonderful faculty, staff and graduate student community. Actually offers decent health and other benefits for even part time instructors and research assistants.

    Cons

    Salary as GSI alone will not cover cost of living in the Bay Area. Many of us had other jobs on the side, as research assistants or off campus.

    Advice to Management

    Provide higher salaries or offer more subsidized graduate student housing. Many graduate students drop out of programs or take too long to get through program because we have to teach too many semesters or work off campus because of cost of living in the Bay Area. Rebalancing executive compensation to raise lower grade level pay bands would make a big difference to staff morale.


  10. "Career Counselor Intern"

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    Former Intern - Career Counselor in Berkeley, CA
    Former Intern - Career Counselor in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of California as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -great environment
    -your opinion matters
    -staff development
    -motivated students
    -great leadership

    Cons

    -location is slightly off campus


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