UI Designer (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – July 23, 2013
Working with Cascade Server, updating school website, creating additional pages for website, customize HTML/CSS, working with Photoshop/Illustrator to create logos, banners for the existing site. I learned a lot from Cascade Server, how format and black works. The hardest part of the job is to being flexible to meet with everyone.
Fulfilling work but severely underpaid and overworked
Program Support Analyst (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – December 29, 2016
Staff is typically expected to accommodate a variety of different tasks. This can make the job challenging and fast-paced. However, this also means that there is a grey area as to what is your job and what is not. UCSF bureacracy often makes simple tasks such as reimbursements and ordering supplies difficult and time-consuming.
UCSF employees share a passion of conducting innovative and mission-driven research, which is perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of the job. Staff contributions are often overlooked since their work is often behind-the-scenes. Faculty are not well-trained in managing people so considerations for promotions and career advancement are often on the back-burner of priorities.
Assistant Research Specialist (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – October 8, 2016
Performing wet lab experiments. Sometimes have to be at work on weekend due to the nature of the job. Very friendly environment. Coworkers are very helpful. The hardest part is to be self motivated to keep project going. Enjoyable part is to do cutting-edge research.
Relaxed research environment with kind people but low pay
Junior Specialist (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – August 16, 2016
I worked in a research lab under an incredibly kind and caring PI (principal investigator). All of the members of the lab were helpful, kind, and experienced. I was able to gather a good deal of technical knowledge that could see application outside of biomedical imaging, as well as a good deal of knowledge which will probably not see use in any other field.
Work on a daily basis was on average relaxed with only a few tasks to be done (or more generally a single larger project with loose deadline to be worked on). There were maybe a handful of ongoing tasks that had to be done involving the collecting and processing of patient data. Hardest part of the job was learning to do things that I hadn't done before because they were usually technical and others didn't have a good idea of how to do them (hence asking me). But I kind of enjoyed self-teaching so it wasn't that bad.
Principal Analyst (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – February 24, 2016
Research Administration leadership in the School of Medicine is constrained by lack of experience in any organization other than UCSF. Leadership does not work collaboratively with Contracts and Grants administration. Systems are inadequate for the fiscal management of clinical trials and this Division relies heavily on shadow systems to track critical information. Workload is overwhelming and investment in additional, skilled manpower is non-existent in this Division.
UC Benefits are strong.
Less than professional, myopic administrative leadership
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – February 24, 2016
Answer phones and operate a switchboard. Route calls to specific people. Answer inquiries about company. Greet visitors warmly and make sure they are comfortable. Call persons waiting for visitor and book them a room to meet in. Make coffee and set out food. Ensure reception area is tidy.
Executive Assistant (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – June 26, 2015
I am lucky enough to have a supervisor that strongly promotes work/life balance and allows for creativity and for me to present new ideas. She does not micro manage but instead allows me to pave my own path and seek advice and assistance when required. I complete my work by the deadline and am trusted with confidential and high level projects. It is a supportive and friendly environment to work in.
Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – October 2, 2015
I had a great time working at the David Copenhagen lab. I worked on the area of basic neuroscience with the specific focus on synaptic pathways in the retina. I would strongly recommend working for UCSF. It's a great school. I enjoyed my time there
Documentation Specialist/Technical Writer (Current Employee) – The Mission, San Francisco – May 14, 2015
UCSF succeeds at establishing innovative solutions in the provenance of health care. It devises means and methods to improve the quality of life overall, and I was elated to be a cell in the very tissue of this constantly evolving creature.
I worked in IT as a documentation/technical writer. Great pay! Great people, amazing health benefits, retirement and working in the City (the Mission) is, despite the fact that the Mission has become rather sterile due to all the techies that have moved here, a wonder.
Great Pay, Great Benefits, Job Security, Work/Life Balance
The Mission sucks, too many techies ruining it, Can't wait for the bubble to burst and send, all these techies back, to their parents' garages in wisconsin
Research Technician (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – February 20, 2015
I have worked at several leading research hospitals as a neuroscientist. Compared to the competitors (e.g., Ivy League East Coast hospitals and the leading Midwest universities), I am certain that UCSF provides the best work environment of all, with modern facilities, renowned Nobel Prize winners, and efficient administrative support staff. I felt my colleagues were brilliant scientists with less ego and attitude than the East Coast professors. The seminars were top-notch and the work-life balance (e.g. benefits, gym facilities) for employees makes everyone happy to come to work. Teamwork and mentorship were valued and encouraged.
Research quality, clinical expertise, facilities, support staff, benefits, location
Clinical Research Coordinator (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – December 19, 2014
-a typical day includes recruiting, screening, and running subjects followed by data entry, QA/QC, biosample processing -less frequent activities include IRB and CTSI submission, study set up and initiation, report writing -management is vital, and requires special attention -positive interaction with coworkers -hardest part are deadlines -most enjoyable part is submitting the Final Report
RN Staff Nurse II (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – June 5, 2014
Assessing the patient and attaining the patient's vital signs. Putting the information into the electric medical record. As the patient's arrive for their appointments the same is completed. Between scheduled patients, as a RN patients can be called, teaching material can be developed, review of abnormal test can be reviewed and ect. Working with my co-workers varied due to we were in a small area and people's moods varied. The most enjoyable part of my job was taking care of sick patient's that were placed in the sick room for longer stays.
The RN position in a clinic seemed very easy.
Working in a small area with so many different personalities and moods was difficult.
Great facility to work at with a beautiful view of San Francisco
Aquatics Instructor (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – March 31, 2014
Overall UCSF is a wonderful University to work for. We have a 5 story workout facility that is given to all employees for free. There are 3 gyms we can attend in San Francisco. My co-workers are friendly and kind. The most enjoyable part of my job is being able to make a difference in people's lives. A typical day at work includes meeting my students on the pool deck, discussing our day play with the students, and getting to work in the pool. This includes going over safety skills and learning a new skill in each class.