University of British Columbia

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University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
176 Reviews
3.7
176 Reviews
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University of British Columbia President Stephen J. Toope
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people to work with and UBC is situated on a beautiful campus (in 19 reviews)

  • Support employee development, provide good benefits and lot of opportunities (in 12 reviews)


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

  • Salary isn't quite great, as a similar position in government or private sector is paid around (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time for 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
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for less than a 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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    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 for less than a 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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    • 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 full-time for 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 for more than a 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 for 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 for less than a 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 for less than a 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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    • 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 for 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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