University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Working in a laboratory as a student is very time consuming and research can be frustrating. What I found at UBC
    was a fantastic network of friends that made working hard enjoyable.

    Cons

    I found the University very welcoming but at times, our building experienced multiple technical troubles that became frustrating since it continuously interfered with experiments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have any comments for the Management, except that I am aware that they are always trying to perform at a high level and solve problems associated with running a University.

  2. Great colleagues, overall nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Flexible work hours for contract position (dependent on department).
    Great employees, staff and students.

    Cons

    Top-down style can be challenging to work with, as it takes longer to wait for a result and get work done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    World renowned university. Great for start-ups. Wonderful location. Lot of activities in Vancouver.

    Cons

    Not sufficient affordable student/postdoc housing available.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Excellent for Computer Science

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

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

    Pros

    Sufficient TA recourse
    Practical courses that compose of projects
    Vivid university life
    Profs are knowledgeable
    coop connects are very good

    Cons

    math course does not have sufficient help
    Stat are hard to understand
    Need more student connection events

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So good so far

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Worked as a teaching assistant, not adequate compensation for the work, time and effort that is put in while trying to s

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    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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    I appreciated the opportunity to do it, it was great working with students and helping them grow and be challenged by the course matter

    Cons

    Alot of time for marking required, large amounts of work in a short period of time, can be stressful deadlines, not alot of direction with course material.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    larger compensation!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. student caller

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    relaxed and laid back work atmosphere, everyone in the office is nice.
    Music is blasted most of the shift and everyone talks to each other, 90% of calls are no answer.

    Cons

    boring and often talk to rude people who will just yell or rant. Mainly education alumni who graduated a while ago

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great place to stay as a postdoctoral research fellow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Great research environment with excellent opportunities as a PDF. Easy access to many interdisciplinary institutions. Good for short term (1-2 years) PDF position. Payment ok. Probably one of the best locations an university campus can have. Flexible work hours (which depends more on the supervisor than UBC itself)

    Cons

    No appropriate cafeteria on campus that offers affordable food and place to sit for a bigger group. Only the common fast food brands and some local cafes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Good place to work and do research.

    Cons

    Vancouver can be quite expensive to stay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Software Developer

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

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

    Pros

    Startup responsibilities, get to work on everything

    Cons

    Everything is experimental and may not make it to production

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A very comfortable place to work. Not the place for you if you have high career aspirations.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Good pay for the amount of work being done
    Full time is 35 hrs/week
    Great people, very friendly
    Comfortable working environment

    Cons

    Not much room for personal growth
    Sometimes efficiency is low

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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