University of California Berkeley Employee Reviews

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A lot of resources for postdocs
National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) –  Berkeley, CAJuly 29, 2018
The postdoc association at UC Berkeley is great! You have many opportunities through seminars or organization events to learn about your career goals, network, and expand your interests. The benefits packages are great.
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Go Bears
Library Assistant (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAJuly 20, 2018
Go Bears


Library Assistant
UC Berkeley
• Administration of Main Stacks Library to ensure consistent and efficient functioning.

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3.0
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Decent
Doctoral Research, (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAJune 15, 2018
Graduate school is different than rating it as a place to work professionally. I am only continuing this review to achieve the 150 minimum characters.
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Experience depends on department and role
Peer Advocate/Peer Advocate Lead (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAJune 11, 2018
Experiences will vary based on department that you are working for and their expectations of you as a student worker. Most student jobs will be flexible about your schedule and will provide you with professional development opportunities.
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great university
The Visionary, Design Build Studio (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAJune 6, 2018
UC Berkeley is a great university that provided me with a lot of opportunities and skills. I really enjoyed my time there and I would definitely recommend it to a friend who is deciding on college decisions.
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Great work life balance, poor outlook
Technology Services Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Berkeley, CAJune 3, 2018
Berkeley was a great place to work when it came to work life balance. The biggest challenge working at UC Berkeley is that new technologies were rarely introduced, making it hard to learn valuable career skills.
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Laid back & Absentee Landlordism
Center Coordinator & Administrator (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAMay 30, 2018
Though I appreciated the laid back, hands off style, clearly it was also a sign of neglect by management, with lack of interest in doing the hard, tedious administrative, planning and managing work. The pay disparities are significant and seem to speak to a Victorian era culture - haves and have nots, minions and elitists. It was sad and surprising to see this given the reputation of UC Berkeley for being "progressive" and "inclusive." Not sure now if it was ever true.
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Great place to work at!
Fit Staff (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAMay 24, 2018
Great place to work at. Gives you a sense of customer service as well as consulting, especially when asking for advice on exercises people can work on at the gym.
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flexible
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Campus Shared Services
Event Specialist (Current Employee) –  CaliforniaMay 24, 2018
Campus Shared Services and nepotism is ruining UC Berkeley. Those are the hardest parts of working for UC Berkeley. Everyone is trying to hold onto their jobs. A lot of backstabbing is going on.

The most enjoyable part of the day at UC Berkeley is working with Professor's and student's.
Pros
Professors are great!
Cons
Campus Shared Service ruined UC Berkeley.
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Satisfied
Classroom Management Program Lead (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAMay 19, 2018
It is a very good work environment but a very intense institution for education. The expectations are very high, but you will have lots of resources to help you.
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great
Graduate Student instructor (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAMay 18, 2018
fun environment, constantly stimulated. supportive staff and many opportunities to grow. my colleagues are brilliant people and helped to cultivate a collaborative culture.
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slow and stable
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAMay 18, 2018
slow and stable and not much new tech adoption. nice smart and capable people. a pretty good work-life balance. great university environment. nice location
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Collaborative place to work while building skills
Tutor (Current Employee) –  Berkeley, CAMay 15, 2018
The ASC at UC Berkeley provided many opportunities to help others develop. Within these opportunities, the ability to grow personal skills was immense.
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not a good place to work unless you are management
AP Analyst (Current Employee) –  Berkeley, CAMay 10, 2018
Very challenging for front-line staff. Management is not responsive to staff needs. Workplace culture is generally indifferent. Hardest part of job is severe underpayment. Most enjoyable part of job is interactions with those who appreciate the work we do, but they are not in the majority.
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bad management
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee) –  Berkeley, CAMay 1, 2018
the title says it all. ridiculously bad management, from HR, from PI (but that's a matter of bad luck of course), from finance department, from Animal Facility. Intramural collaboration is not supported.
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Productive and fun coordinating matches
INTRAMURAL SPORT REFEREE (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAApril 26, 2018
It was fun and stress-free watching the matches and enforcing the game rules to all the player. I learned how to communicate to all the players and support sportsmanship during the games.
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Really: Again??
Community Service Officer- Program Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAApril 26, 2018
I just do not understand why this is necessary. I get that your company would probably want these numbers in order to help advertise other job to other people, but I don't want to do this fam.
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Synergistic environment
Director of Outreach, SPARR Food Donations Program (Current Employee) –  Berkeley, CAApril 23, 2018
Working at UCB has been one of the most educational and fulfilling experiences in my professional development. The workplace culture varies widely by department, but there is no shortage of perks like free lunches, nap pods, professional development programs both in-house and out for some of the best learning experiences around. The work-life balance is talked about a lot, however, the UCB community is renowned for exceeding all expectations, even if it means sacrificing sleep or working on weekends. A typical day could include everything from a team meeting, to teaching a workshop to transitioning students, to providing supports to a struggling student or meeting with Chancellors and Directors to advocate for services and supports. There's ample opportunity to be politically involved with this community, but its not nearly as 'liberal' as some think, some have experienced negative repercussions for involvement in the political sphere. The best part of the job was that every day involved a new opportunity to stretch one's skills and develop both professionally and personally. The hardest part is that UCB is it's own little universe, and sometimes it doesn't follow ''standard procedure" outside of the academic environment, there is a lot of bureaucracy involved, and change comes very slowly. It is a demanding environment and you will find that the time flies by, sometimes without anyone noticing that you haven't had a break or eaten lunch and its already 4 o'clock!
Pros
Free food
Cons
Seniority valued over skill
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3.0
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Stressful
Catering Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  Berkeley, CAApril 18, 2018
A large variety of responsibilities.Hired, trained student as well as career employees. Organized and managed a variety of events from small coffee breaks to large galas.
Pros
Good benefits. Some employee perks such as meals
Cons
Unorganized. No work life balance.
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Great place
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAApril 15, 2018
Great place to work if you are enrolled. I did research for great professors and found it very rewarding. I would highly recommend any student take a research assistant position.
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