University of California Berkeley

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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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3.9 592 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

University of California Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks

Nicholas B. Dirks

(54 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits are outstanding, and having work-life balance is actually possible(in 23 reviews)

  • This job had very flexible hours and the interview process was very simple(in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • the pay is low but it is made up by tuition remission(in 20 reviews)

  • Budget cuts mean everyone is doing the job of 3(in 23 reviews)

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    Applicaton programmer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent work environment and growth prospects

    Consno cons .it was great work environment

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Communications at Cal

    Communications Manager (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA (US)

    ProsGreat people. Inspiring environment. Robust retirement plan.

    ConsBelow-market salaries. Rare promotions. Slow career growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good environment; administratively disorganized

    Graduate Student Researcher (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA (US)

    ProsUC Berkeley provides the opportunity to work with incredibly smart people on cutting-edge topics. The social environment here is positive, and you can't beat the Bay Area weather and proximity to San Francisco!

    ConsUC Berkeley is a giant bureaucracy. The mid-level administration is rather disorganized. Paperwork gets lost and everything takes much, much longer than it should.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean up your information technology systems! There are twenty different systems for getting things done. It's never clear where to go for what, and none of the systems are easy to navigate.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great research environment with less payment.

    Associate Specialist (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA (US)

    ProsGreat research place. Family friendly. Work/Life balance.

    ConsLower payment compared to other university such as Stanford..

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I was a work study student. it was a great experience my supervisor was like my bff

    Gallery Attendant (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA (US)

    Prosflexible work schedule.
    Can cram in a bunch of hours in one week.
    can work on weekends.

    Conssometimes there are late shifts.

     

    It is very fantastic and helpful.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is a creative place.

    ConsWork load is a little heavy.

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    Excellent place for a grad student

    Graduate Student Instructor (Former Employee) UC Berkeley, CA (US)

    ProsGreat environment, full of intellectual stimulation, fabulous support staff

    ConsGSIs don't make nearly enough to cover the Bay Area cost of living

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Diverse place to work with lots of career growth potential

    Manager (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA (US)

    ProsVery diverse, international student, faculty and staff; beautiful campus with trees, monuments, museums, libraries, recreational and cultural activities; lots of great off campus cafes, restaurants, books stores

    ConsLots of bureaucracy, politics, levels of administration and micro-cultures that can be either positive or negative, depending on how they are managed. Decent salaries, benefits and perks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to build on developing, recognizing and rewarding staff; flatten the organization; listen to staff regarding staff issues and what would support staff in being most effective in their jobs; provide employee incentives for successful recruitment of high performing new hires. Offer robust outplacement services to those who leave by choice or no-choice.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Research

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosworld class research, world class science, world class labs, bay area, silicon valley, California season

    Consbasic science, basic pay, low Federal funds, financial crises, houses

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    Great co workers....poor management

    Cook (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA (US)

    ProsGreat co workers, good working environment

    ConsManagers treated some employees with disrespect. Degrading them In front of all the hear. Promises were made that were broken. No communication. No room for advancement. People who were higher in rank, seemed to take advantage of those that worked hard. A heard a lot of "that's not my job!"

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees like humans. Communication is key. Managers need to lead by example.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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