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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)

I worked at University of California Berkeley part-time (less than an year)

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.

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    Wonderful community in some ways, but also a lot of disfunction and mediocrity.

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    Current Employee - Student Academic Advisor II in Berkeley, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Academic Advisor II in Berkeley, CA (US)

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some brilliant, hardworking, passionate people. Some awesome, inspiring students and faculty. Beautiful work environment (campus), decent benefits, perks of being in a university setting and occasionally going to lectures. Also perks like being able to use the on-campus art studio!

    Cons

    Huge bureaucracy, lot's of disfunction, lot's of unevenness in terms of the skills and competencies of other staff. Often felt that higher level administration had no idea what was going on, didn't listen, didn't care.

    Recommends
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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Dynamic working environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley full-time

    Pros

    Health benefit, flexible working hours

    Cons

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

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