University of British Columbia Reviews

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  1. Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at University of British Columbia

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

    Pros

    A great learning environment, beautiful campus, open-minded colleagues, tolerant atmosphere, great student wages, flexible hours

    Cons

    Living cost in Vancouver is generally high due to the skyrocketed housing prices. Accordingly, student/on-campus housing is very expensive and hard to find.

  2. It's pretty good for enjoying life and all.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student
    Former Employee - Graduate Student

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The campus is really activity rich, and fun place to be.

    Cons

    Too little learning/ intellectual stuff going on for too many of the students. But hei, we got a new fountain.

    Advice to Management

    We definetely need more fountains. I think a science theme park will also be nice, with space ship rides etc.

  3. Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

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

    Pros

    people work at ubc are very respectful. Very positive experience.

    Cons

    I couldn't think of any reason except if you arrant interested and dedicated to help others learning

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice to the management. pretty content with my role.

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  5. Fun, enjoyable, professional environment.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible schedule, good growth opportunities

    Cons

    Expensive parking, transportation slightly inconvenient and far

  6. Excellent

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, stable position, nice locatiion

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is sometimes hard to deal with

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  7. Excellent biology program

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent Principle Investigators and a wide variety of projects to choose from.

    Cons

    Not a great work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. Good People

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    Former Employee - Video Production in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Video Production in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Flexible schedules and lots to learn from supervisors.

    Cons

    At times hard to balance, but that's pretty rare.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  9. Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, depends largely on the primary investigator.

    Cons

    Not much cons, pay isn't the best (research assistants do not get paid much I guess)

  10. Great place to learn and gain experience in academic work!

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    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful, med benefits/vacation/sick days are good. Lots of Pro-D opportunities (compensated up to a certain amount). Lots of autonomy and learning opportunities.

    Things like work environment, culture, etc. depend on the team that you work with. The team I worked with was very generous and laid-back about vacation time and extended leaves (for things like travelling)

    Cons

    As with most research positions that are grant-funded, the job security isn't the greatest. Your position is dependent on the availability of funds.

    Research teams are run by members of the academic community who really establish the culture of an office. There isn't really a system in place to provide feedback to the heads of these teams. More senior members of the university don't appear to have much to do with reviewing the performance of these people. Especially in small teams (a lot of them) it is hard to find a way to discuss issues or provide feedback in a safe way. i.e. there aren't enough people in the office for someone to be an impartial mediator as everyone knows everyone else quite well.

    Advice to Management

    Establish better system for feedback.

  11. Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Incredible place to work for

    Cons

    Not lot ot of technologies to learn

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