University of British Columbia
3.7 of 5 167 reviews
www.ubc.ca Vancouver, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

University of British Columbia Reviews in Canada

Updated Jul 5, 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
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    UBC IT - Management sees no failures, hears no failures and speaks no failures, but are bound for failure

    Software Developer (Current Employee)

    Pros- Great salary, benefits, pension and vacation package
    - Those who work on the ground are great to work with. They are willing to help and are knowledgeable
    - Relatively slower pace than the private sector, so tends to have better work-life balance (depends on department)

    ConsWith the recent focus on 3rd party systems rather than in-house development, things have changed for the worst:
    - Management only sees vendors' marketing spin and ignores their own teams' findings
    - There is no communication between those who do and those who manage. This is because management refuses to listen and removes those who do not conform
    - Unrealistic project timelines that do not take into account estimates of those who do the work. Because of this, quality suffers and people are stressed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease remove your new style of command and control management. Listen to those who are on the front lines and see with your own eyes what's happening. If you continue down this path, you will only realize the painful errors you're making several years down the road. That's when you'll realize it's too late to turn back.

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

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    Good Overall

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBeautiful Environment, Good work hours and benefits

    ConsWork can get really tedious at times

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    Disappointing work environment - a handful of employees manage to ruin it for all the rest.

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
    Kelowna, BC (Canada)

    ProsLots of great interaction with students while teaching, ample opportunity to discuss ideas and new solutions to problem that pop up while teaching.

    ConsLab managers do not empower teaching assistants; too much emphasis put on experience instead of competency, which leads to a needlessly political work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake more of an interest in what's going on in the labs and don't take sides with the people you are friends with in political disputes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Research Assistant

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsFlexible schedule, exciting work, great coworkers

    ConsSlow pace, poor pay compared with industry

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    Research in cell and molecular biology

    Research Associate (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsGood technical and material support, good benefits

    ConsNo promotions and care about future career development, no care about non-union research staff

    Advice to Senior ManagementTransfer technical and research stuff between departments

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    Good part-time job for a university student that doesn't need a lot of income

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosflexible around school schedule
    higher than minimum wage

    Consfull-time workers are often unfriendly
    mainly older workers who expect you to do everything because you are younger

    Advice to Senior Managementoverall its good

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not enough resources (i.e. office with computer or telephone!?) provided for Research Assistants.

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsLearning environment and beautiful campus.

    ConsShort on resources and difficult to find guidance when needed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great steady work study job, with decent pay!

    UBC Library Work Study Student Assistant (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Prosable to work and be in classes at the same time
    relatively normal work hours
    flexible work schedule during exams
    good money for a student jobs

    Consnot enough hours
    repetitive work
    no opportunities to move within the work study system

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore opportunities to work around campus

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Teaching Assistant

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsWorking as a TA is fun if you enjoy teaching. Collaborating with other TAs was also a good experience. The experience improves not only your teaching abilities, but also your abilities as a public speaker, as multiple tutorials (lectures) are given to undergraduate students weekly.

    ConsSome professors need greater involvement with the TAs to provide a better learning experience for undergraduates. Greater salary to adjust for high Vancouver living expenses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreater transparency in how summer TAs are awarded should be provided.

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    Fast paced, but relaxed.

    Hockey League Administrator (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsA casual work place, relatively stress free. Supervisors and managers are nice. Flexible schedule. A decent job if you are a student at UBC.

    ConsJobs are mainly for students. Pay is cut once you are no longer a student. Occasionally have to deal with rude and angry clients.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeems to be doing alright, keep it up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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