I've never worked at Alta Bates, however, I've very familiar with the hospital and the area. My nursing program is in partnership with Alta Bates so they share space up on the hill.
-Unsafe area: Just because it's Oakland doesn't mean it's unsafe. Major eyeroll here. The hospital sits on a hill and it it's own island basically.
-They pull you to other hospitals: I know nurses at both Alta Bates hospitals (Berkeley and Oakland) and I have never heard of someone being pulled off a floor in one hospital and being told to go to the other. You can take the shuttle in between, but driving might end up being a 45 min to hour drive with traffic.
-Parking sucks: They built a whole new parking structure. It's awesome and so much more space. There's at least 4 parking garages.
-The shuttle service is unreliable: For the 2 years I spent there in school I maybe had an issue with the shuttles a handful of times. I've gone back to my school for trainings several times and used the shuttle. Still reliable in my opinion.
Overall, Alta Bates has been known to have issues, but what hospital doesn't? Honestly, I've heard more concerns from nurses over at Marin General. Alta Bates also has a new patient tower which is fantastic. Also, don't be late if you don't want to get yelled at.