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University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
186 Reviews
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Pros
  • Excellent co-workers; good benefits; excellent location; beautiful campus; good career opportunities (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
  • 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.  

    the Union Job it is!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Finance Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    NO overtime work, salary was non negotiable

    Cons

    Your work is entirely depending on who your supervisor is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer

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

    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)

    Cons

    With 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Overall

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

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

    Pros

    Beautiful Environment, Good work hours and benefits

    Cons

    Work can get really tedious at times

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  5.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Kelowna, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lab 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Research Assistant

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, exciting work, great coworkers

    Cons

    Slow pace, poor pay compared with industry

  7.  

    Research in cell and molecular biology

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Good technical and material support, good benefits

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transfer technical and research stuff between departments

  8.  

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

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

    I have been working at University of British Columbia as a contractor

    Pros

    flexible around school schedule
    higher than minimum wage

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    overall its good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great steady work study job, with decent pay!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - UBC Library Work Study Student Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - UBC Library Work Study Student Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    able 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

    Cons

    not enough hours
    repetitive work
    no opportunities to move within the work study system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities to work around campus

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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

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

    Pros

    Learning environment and beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Short on resources and difficult to find guidance when needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Teaching Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Working 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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Greater transparency in how summer TAs are awarded should be provided.

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