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University of British Columbia Reviews in Canada

Updated Jun 29, 2014
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3.7 147 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

University of British Columbia President Stephen J. Toope

Stephen J. Toope

(49 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people to work with and UBC is situated on a beautiful campus(in 19 reviews)

  • Support employee development, provide good benefits and lot of opportunities(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Salary is not enough to sustain in an expensive city like Vancouver(in 6 reviews)

  • Salary isn't quite great, as a similar position in government or private sector is paid around(in 5 reviews)

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    Old Boys Club

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe Name of the company

    ConsThe old boys club, its not what you know, its who you know

    Advice to Senior Managementopen up, you might get some good employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dismal Experience with UBC-PHCRI

    Clinical Research Coordinator (Current Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsFull time employers having achieved a few years of full time work can qualify for pension plan, UBC offers courses to employees.

    ConsVery little and much below average salary to industry norm, no health care benefits, insufficient support from UBC ethical management. Policy favours employers, such as Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care Research Institute, to abuse contract employees by giving very low salary with no health care coverage and no pension.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs a graduate of UBC biological science undergrad who struggled to find a job at UBC on graduating from UBC because many jobs have been awarded to foreign and non-UBC grads, I think it would be on UBC's reputation and responsibility to look out for its graduates in obtaining a job. I witnessed that graduates from foreign countries are being given the priority as they get majority of the jobs over UBC graduates. Also, many small hospital contractors at hospitals, like PHCRI, and perhaps other industries under the flag of UBC hire graduated students at often below average salaries for the industry norm. On top of this, PHCRI UBC does not give health care coverage to their contract employees working at dangerous and hazardous conditions at the hospital. They expect that their employees pay for their own health insurance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Just avoid this hell-hole like a plague!!

    Masters Student (Former Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsNone! It has no redeeming qualities! Nada! Zilch!!

    ConsLots! Starving wages. Slave-like labour. Lots of teaching duties. Outrageously expensive city: with the starving wages they pay you, you'll be dreaming about having two meals a day. The administrative staff are condesending and unfriendly. The profs could not care less for your well-being. And on top of it all, the weather is positively miserable, which is probably why everyone is so difficult to deal with as well. Just go to Toronto or Montreal or even Waterloo would be better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake fewer students and fund them better: it's really not rocket science.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very difficult working environment unless you have a skillset that can't easily be replaced. Some ethical concerns.

    Advancement Services Employee (Former Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsInteresting work.
    Some positions are paid well. Can ask for mid-point salary if you are expected to hit the ground running.
    Some positions receive a lot of recognition.
    Some positions have great work/life balance.
    The annual vacation allotment is generous. Can negotiate for more vacation time when hired.

    ConsLow morale.
    Very few career opportunities, if any, though they say there are to keep you motivated.
    Every aspect of your performance is analyzed.
    Bi-annual performance reviews.
    Passive aggressiveness.
    The contents of your email account are not private.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnethical focus on results over people and privacy.
    Way too much time spent analyzing people under the guise of career coaching.
    No good can come from openly criticizing unions and people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    a black or white organization; very harsh

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Prosthe pay was very good

    Consmanagement not looking at the big picture; management not visiting casuals on job site; management contradicting their own policies and procedures; management construing situational stories as they see it; not as it really is; management dismissing casual staff right after a family member dies; management seducing the union

    Advice to Senior Managementvisit the Dalia Lama or Thich Naht Hahn and learn about unity, love, kindness, compassion, deep listening, deep understanding

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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