Could be a really nice place to work but isn't
Computer Software Engineer III (Former Employee) – Berkeley, CA – February 10, 2018
The site is beautiful, but hard to commute to/from unless you live in Berkeley. It was taking me over 2 hours each way from San Francisco - a lot of it waiting for a shuttle from BART up to the lab.. Driving isn't a good option because parking up on the hill is all but nonexistent
You're totally responsible for a project but don't get cooperation from the user/customer/management to get it done. You really end up trying to do several jobs project management and reporting, business analyst, product manager, developer, QA tester, Production support for existing systems all at once with timeframes that don't let you do any of them very well..
They do have a cafeteria - run by the same company that does the UC student cafeterias and has the same menu.
Advancement - only possible when someone retires.
They seem to love meetings - the more people at them and the longer they last, the better.
Beautiful place to work, interesting subjects and people
Strange way to do systems development / run an IT organization