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University of California Berkeley Reviews

Updated 1 March 2015
Updated 1 March 2015
778 Reviews
3.9
778 Reviews
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University of California Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits are outstanding, and having work-life balance is actually possible (in 25 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, I can basically try to work on the job at whenever a I want (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • the pay is low but it is made up by tuition remission (in 21 reviews)

  • budget cuts make very basic needs (eg office supplies, custodial services) go unmet (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    wonderful place. lots to do and learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    facilities and staff very supportive and generous with time

    Cons

    hard work and a lot of it

  2.  

    Great experience

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    Former Contractor - Resident Assistant in Berkeley, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Resident Assistant in Berkeley, CA (US)

    I worked at University of California Berkeley as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working as an RA at UC Berkeley was a rewarding experience. There was a good two week training process. The job allowed me to grow as an individual, and helped me meet many interesting people!

    Cons

    The job is very time intensive for a full time student. You don't get a lot of guidance, but you do have support if you need it. The job could effect your academics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the RD's can support the RA's well. Make sure there is enough institutional memory in each unit, so each group of new RD's and RA's does not have to learn things from scratch every year.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    If you're in the right department you'll work with the most empathetic, wonderful, friendliest people on the planet.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Berkeley, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Berkeley, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule with a people first attitude. Very good benefits (talk to HR to find the best plan).

    Cons

    Working in research can sometimes mean long, grueling hours to meet deadlines. Not much room to move up, internally, in certain fields.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bear buy (purchasing system) needs work. Placing an order for specialty equipment and not having it processed until 6 months later? That is whack.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Top notch research enviornment

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA (US)

    I worked at University of California Berkeley part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant coworkers, big name clients, real opportunities to make a difference.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy! Getting things done outside of research is difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help cut down the bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good place but you can't move up without applying to new jobs in different departments.

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    Former Employee - Program Advisor in UC Berkeley, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Advisor in UC Berkeley, CA (US)

    I worked at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Nice benefits, including three weeks off per year and good health benefits. But, lots of old, unhappy people work at UC Berkeley.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility. You'll need to be cut throat to stand out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to value it's workers more and offer increases in pay based on positive work reviews since incomes have stagnated for far too long and it's unaffordable to live in the Bay Area on UC Berkeley salaries

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Personal growth, promotions, benefits, have time for social activites/fun stuff.

    Cons

    Have to go find resources/ opportunities for yourself, have to be a go getter. As long as you could do that then you are fine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make things a little bit more accessible for employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Marketing Intern

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    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Very passionate and easy-going founders of the company.

    Cons

    Since it operates in apparel industry, the growth rate might be not as fast as in the other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Undergraduate TA in the CS Department

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    -the staff in the CS Department are wonderful and very helpful
    -all of my co-workers were very driven and excited to be there
    -tuition reimbursement!

    Cons

    -I think that TAs are underpaid in general. The tuition reimbursement is really nice, but for the amount of effort that undergraduate TAs put in and the amount of time, I think that we should be paid more

  10.  

    Enjoyed my time here, wish I could stay longer but it's time to move on

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Berkeley, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Berkeley, CA (US)

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Excellent peers, Stimulating environment, Good atmosphere

    Cons

    Postdoc salary...
    Nothing much I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I am a undergraduate.

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    Current Employee - Student in UC Berkeley, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Student in UC Berkeley, CA (US)

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley

    Pros

    Interesting projects in Computer Science classes.

    Cons

    The workload of some classes are too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe shrink the class size.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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