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University of British Columbia Reviews in Canada

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
181 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent co-workers; good benefits; excellent location; beautiful campus; good career opportunities (in 21 reviews)

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


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

  • Too many students can sometimes bog down the work environment (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    great place to work

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great environment
    beautiful campus
    nice facilities and new buildings
    generally nice people on the campus
    readily accessible by transit

    Cons

    students can get annoying
    it rains a lot in vancouver
    the campus is relatively big so getting around is tedious at times
    constant construction on the campus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very friendly and supportive co-workers, but limited by bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly, health-oriented work environment with great co-workers. I am proud to be working on something that will benefit the general public, and there is great flexibility for hours. Pay is stable and relatively good for Vancouver.

    Cons

    There are definitely some challenges in getting things done on-time in a big organization, and this is particularly true for UBC. It's particularly frustrating to be forced to use old technology when newer (and cheaper) alternatives are available... but the need for security trumps usability and timelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The technology needs to be streamlined throughout the University for ease-of-use, and then the University needs to invest in rapid deployment of updated architectures on a regular basis (ie. bi-annually). For example, I am forced to use a Windows XP machine for my job, which was unable to run the latest versions of a lot of the software I needed. I am stuck using old versions of software, or using very creative work-arounds for getting newer versions installed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work. Co-workers are friendly and opportunities for growth and development are abundant!

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    Current Employee - Special Projects Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Special Projects Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - campus is beautiful
    - benefits are awesome
    - compensation is good
    - casual atmosphere with flexibility

    Cons

    - each faculty/department does things a little differently - lack of consistency across the board
    - many employees that have been around a long time making some interactions more complicated than needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience lots of opportunity to learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience lots of opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Limited budget and sometimes the work environment was a little unsafe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good opportunity to learn

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Relaxing place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Very slow progress, but such is research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great work-study position for students!

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    Current Employee - Operations Staff in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Operations Staff in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Chill job, good schedule, freedom, and you get to see famous hockey players all the time!

    Cons

    If you work over 12 hours a week your pay decreases to 12/hr.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great university with beautiful campus and comfortable working environment

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    office culture is good, time is flexible

    Cons

    Construction is always on site, need proper planning so that it won't affect the students' experience. Also, guest parking plots are limited, cannot find a place even with visitor parking slips.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A better construction plan is needed. Always treat student's working and studying environment as the first priority.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    World-class research

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was excellent to work with top-notch scientists under well-funded environment. I worked there also in 2002-2004 and the facility has upgraded significantly since then, and the access to facility has improved a lot.

    Cons

    Not any cons that I can think of at the moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The chemical storage in the department of chemistry could be in ventilated cupboards instead on shelves. Chemicals were in separated and ventilated cupboards in 4 other institutions in three different countries I have worked in.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work, good people to work with

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic, great pension, extended health and dental, and flexible working hours. Working a 9 day fort night is still an option at this company in this position!

    Cons

    the pay is disappointing, but they attempt to make up for it with their benefits. Still, it is hard to live on their salary.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vivid and diverse, place for innovation and work/life balance

    Cons

    Salaries not competitive compared to the market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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