University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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University of British Columbia President and Vice-Chancellor Arvind Gupta
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Pros
  • Learning environment and beautiful campus (in 22 reviews)

  • Relatively slower pace than the private sector, so tends to have better work-life balance (depends on department) (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Outrageously expensive city: with the starving wages they pay you, you'll be dreaming about having two meals a day (in 6 reviews)

  • Limited budget and sometimes the work environment was a little unsafe (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Great People, But Too Hierarchical.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Systems Administrator in Okanagan, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Systems Administrator in Okanagan, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A great group of people, great benefits, 4 weeks vacation to start. Get to work with academically inclined people.

    Cons

    There so so many layers, so many richly paid middle managers... It is a factory of occupations, so you need to realize if you work there, you're there for the long haul. Some people are too comfortable, some just don't work, but all in all, it is a great base to make it what you want to make it.


  2. Teaching Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good and cooperating professors are always helpful.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than University of Toronto but still good.


  3. Good learning environment

    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, you can get involved in as many or as little activities as you want, there are a lot of opportunities to learn, staff and colleagues are very helpful

    Cons

    construction upgrades can make the commute longer, some building are newer than most, can get really crowded in the fall


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  5. Grad student

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good labs, good research, great location.

    Cons

    Frustrating changes in administration policy. I was originally recruited as a grad student on the promise that my tuition would be waived once I did my comprehensive exams. Policy was changed without notice before that happened. Biotech and Pharma are dead here compared to just about any other large west coast city. Few opportunities locally in my field.


  6. Research Assistant

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nice environment to do academic research with people who have cutting-edge professional knowledge. People are nice, the campus is nicer. Definitely worths going for graduate studies.

    Cons

    Transportation is not as good as it could be. Being at the corner of Vancouver, you would have to commute by buses every day if you don't live nearby.

    Advice to Management

    If the university could raise the paid of research assistant, it would be fantastic. Can not think of anything else. Keep up the good work!


  7. postdoc

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great university and great city. Friendly people.

    Cons

    the city is too rainy in winter


  8. postdoc at UBC

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very active and nice group that I worked in. Very talented students that I had a chance to collaborate with. campus is very nice.

    Cons

    there was micro management in the group that I was a member of. I had to report everything to two advisors once a week and it didn't feel good when you are a post doc

    Advice to Management

    I like most of the thinks about UBC and do not have any specific advice to give to the management.


  9. Development Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great benefits - Beautiful campus - Fun campus-wide activities

    Cons

    - Rigid work environment (as should be expected considering it's a university) - Limited food options for lunch - Really, really packed with people during school months

    Advice to Management

    Less rigidity would be nice, though I understand the constraints. There's also a lot of politics involved, also because it's a university.


  10. Great campus and place to work

    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    beautiful campus professional organization work with top researchers and people in your field

    Cons

    depending on your department you might just be another employee


  11. Research assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Location, network, novel projects, less stress

    Cons

    low salary, less connection to industry



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