University of California Berkeley

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Bureaucratic Nonsense, But Some Amazing People

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Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II  in  Berkeley, CA (US)
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Berkeley, CA (US)

Pros

Some employees are extremely passionate about making a difference at this institution. Their work touches many lives including students, professors, researchers, and parents. It may not be the most efficient way to better education, but working here provides a means that is often hard to even find.

Cons

Overwhelming inefficiency. There is a lack of people who are driven and take the initiative to better the system. However, there is always the looming question of whether their work to better the system is for naught, and if a system wide overhaul is what's needed. In the end, UC Berkeley is a place where many to fall into complacency and only a few ever make a difference.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Follow the model of for-profit companies that foster innovation. Do not be satisfied with employees who do the bare minimum, but instead, find in their place people who bring and follow through with new ideas that can actually create change.

Doesn't Recommend
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Other reviews for University of California Berkeley

  1.  

    Great place to work if you're OK with complacent co-workers.

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    Former Employee - Information Technology  in  UC Berkeley, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Information Technology in UC Berkeley, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great School. Beautiful campus. Good benefits. Nice people. Overall a pretty good place to come to work every day.

    Cons

    A lot of red tape. Hard to be motivated/ambitious and succeed. Huge disparity in pay between some departments/disciplines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to follow good advice from middle management. Respect opinions up and down the pecking order and don't stifle creativity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Dynamic working environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Health benefit, flexible working hours

    Cons

    long working hours, no weekend. But this is totally depend on your PI

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