University of British Columbia
3.8 of 5 150 reviews
www.ubc.ca Vancouver, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated Feb 17, 2014
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3.8 150 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

University of British Columbia President Stephen J. Toope

Stephen J. Toope

(53 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great steady work study job, with decent pay!

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

I worked at University of British Columbia part-time for more than 3 years

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

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

I worked at University of British Columbia as an intern for less than a year

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

I have been working at University of British Columbia part-time for less than a year

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)

I worked at University of British Columbia for less than a year

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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UBC as a postdoc

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time for more than a year

ProsDynamic environment, Freedom of working on your ideas

ConsLack of communication between different groups, Salary and benefits

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Highly unionized workplace........

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

I have been working at University of British Columbia as a contractor for more than a year

Pros- good benefits
- nice people to work with
- Vancouver campus is beautiful

Cons- highly unionized workplace. Good if you're part of the the union, bad if you are not.
- very beaurocratic. things move slowly.
- pay is not bi-weekly, it's semi-monthly. and for hourly workers, the pay periods are incredibly irregular

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great benefits, OK salary, beautiful campus, great opportunities for continual learning

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

I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time for more than 10 years

ProsI love working with the students. They are excited, motivated and have their whole careers and lives ahead of them. There are lots of resources for information and learning in such a large university. The department I work in is fun, although we all work very hard.

ConsDecisions do not happen quickly and often there are roadblocks to more flexible work arrangements and work processes. Faculty on the whole, do not value the contributions of staff. Every year, there seem to be more cutbacks and an expectation of doing more with less.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe open to new ways to work and deliver services that give employees more flexibility. As a public institution it is understandable that we do not have endless amounts of financial resources, so working smarter (not harder) is what we need. I greatly admire Stephen Toope, but faculty deans may not always have the best leadership skills

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

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Great to place to work if you can survive a $2 billion organization run by academics with limited management experience

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

I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time

ProsStimulating environment, helping some of Canada's brightest minds succeed. Support from peers.

ConsUpper management is slow to respond to change. Staff are under-supported and the least respected stakeholder group.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in staff training and management. Instill professional development standards.

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

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Chill relax fun job for school

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of British Columbia part-time for more than a year

Prosit is flexible and you get free time

Consnot much to do and bored sometimes

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Can be a great place to work if you end up in a good department with good management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of British Columbia

ProsLots of learning opportunities available, the campus is very beautiful.

ConsThe large size of the campus makes travelling within the campus for work reasons to be somewhat time consuming. Benefits are not that great in comparison to other companies. One's experience will be greatly dependent upon the department you are in and the management in charge of your department.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees with extensive past experience should be valued more than employees with little experience. Management should not be paying employees with much less experience and education background at the same rate as those who have many more years of experience and more professional education background. The head of a department should take a closer look at the judgments made by those that have been delegated to oversee the junior staff. Some individuals working directly for the head of a department do not provide sufficient opportunities to those under them but rather hang onto a lot of those responsibilities themselves so that they can out-shine others in front of the head. The injustice of this should be looked at and investigated.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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