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University of California Berkeley Employee Reviews about "graduate student"

Updated Feb 4, 2020

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University of California Berkeley Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol T. Christ (no image)
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Pros
  • "Flexible hours, ability to exercise while reffing, fun people to be around(in 112 reviews)

  • "Good work environment surrounded by like minded individuals(in 109 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay; political; long hours; hierarchy(in 90 reviews)

  • "The salary for graduate student is low, especially in the Bay Area(in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    Current Intern - Undergraduate Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley for less than a year

    Pros

    The research group is working on interesting stuffs.

    Cons

    Sometimes the graduate student places tasks without explanation.

    University of California Berkeley2019-03-25
  2. "They Don't Care About Grad Students"

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    Current Employee - Computer Progamer in UC Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing research, opportunities, extremely smart professors and fellow students, it's the best of the best, great facilities, beautiful campus, competitive salary (for grad student opportunities), really good health insurance, great city

    Cons

    People in power hide behind the liberal image of UC Berkeley to avoid being fair and good employers. Little to no support for graduate students against their professors. Extremely competitive in an unproductive way. Professors and administration are very loose with the personal information of other students. Strong culture of misogyny. Student body overwhelmingly feels crushed by the attitudes of their superiors. General sense of lack of control over their career among students.

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    University of California Berkeley2020-02-04
  3. "living here is too much money"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    bay area is amazing, great health benefits

    Cons

    as a graduate student without a lot of savings or support from my family, it is hard to live here making as little as I do

    University of California Berkeley2019-05-29
  4. "GSR job."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Access to some cutting edge research.

    Cons

    The salary for graduate student is low, especially in the Bay Area

    University of California Berkeley2019-03-16
  5. "Unlivable wage, poor supervision, horrific job prospects, bureaucratic, but prestigious"

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    Former Employee - PhD Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of California Berkeley full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * prestige * some remarkable students * flexibility in course design and pedagogy * pretty campus, interesting culture

    Cons

    * the stipend (in the humanities, at least) is not enough to afford safe living standards in the Bay Area * supervisors treat graduate students as annoyances rather than assets for their research and legacy * the job market is atrocious and the university does not prepare us * the university bureaucracy will drive you crazy * very little support if your co-teacher isn't doing their share * drugged by colleague, sleazy encounters with faculty * very little community because everyone is overwhelmed

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    University of California Berkeley2019-01-22
  6. "Graduate Student Instructor"

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

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Psychology Department is extremely collaborative and supportive

    Cons

    Funding is scarce for graduate students.

    University of California Berkeley2018-08-30
  7. "Great school"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Fantastic community, wonderful environment and culture

    Cons

    Expensive city, graduate students are taken advantage of

    University of California Berkeley2018-08-15
  8. "Internship Review & Work Experience"

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    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of California Berkeley for more than a year

    Pros

    - All the problems were engaging from the bioprinter to various biological mapping projects - A lot of guidance was offered by both graduate students and management - The students applied to many grants, ensuring that funding wasn't an issue - Work timing was flexible to most schedules

    Cons

    - Graduate students & management timelines and goals were often not aligned. We had lax standards from one entity and rigorous standards from the other. - Not enough meetings were presented for the group subsets to combine knowledge and chart next steps

    University of California Berkeley2018-03-06
  9. "Graduate Student Instructors Have a Hard Life at Berkeley"

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    Former Contractor - Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of California Berkeley for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The undergraduates are wonderful: driven, brilliant, and featuring a diversity of minds that is energizing and inspiring.

    Cons

    For those working as adjunct laborers, working at Cal is can be an horrendous existence. For adjuncts, guarantees of work occur on a yearly, sometimes semester, basis. For grad student instructors, academic career opportunities beyond the doctorate are generally limited to those researching in the hard sciences. Even worse, faculty advisors are not properly incentivized to value mentorship of graduate students who work for and beneath them.

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    University of California Berkeley2018-01-27
  10. "PhD Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    My department is great with how they treat their PhD students.

    Cons

    Departments vary in how they treat their graduate students.

    University of California Berkeley2017-11-21
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