University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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University of British Columbia President and Vice-Chancellor Arvind Gupta
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Pros
  • Learning environment and beautiful campus (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
  • Outrageously expensive city: with the starving wages they pay you, you'll be dreaming about having two meals a day (in 6 reviews)

  • Limited budget and sometimes the work environment was a little unsafe (in 5 reviews)

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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 Management

    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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    • Senior Management
    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

    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.


  3. Great

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not sufficient affordable student/postdoc housing available.


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  5. postdoc

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great university and great city. Friendly people.

    Cons

    the city is too rainy in winter


  6. Development Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Beautiful campus
    - Fun campus-wide activities

    Cons

    - Rigid work environment (as should be expected considering it's a university)
    - Limited food options for lunch
    - Really, really packed with people during school months

    Advice to Management

    Less rigidity would be nice, though I understand the constraints. There's also a lot of politics involved, also because it's a university.


  7. postdoc at UBC

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

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

    Pros

    very active and nice group that I worked in. Very talented students that I had a chance to collaborate with. campus is very nice.

    Cons

    there was micro management in the group that I was a member of. I had to report everything to two advisors once a week and it didn't feel good when you are a post doc

    Advice to Management

    I like most of the thinks about UBC and do not have any specific advice to give to the management.


  8. Great campus and place to work

    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    beautiful campus
    professional organization
    work with top researchers and people in your field

    Cons

    depending on your department you might just be another employee


  9. Research assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Location, network, novel projects, less stress

    Cons

    low salary, less connection to industry


  10. Research Assistant duinrg Graduate Studies

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent learning and research atmosphere! My supervisor was amazing and supportive!

    Cons

    Not at all timely with processing pay checks. I waited more than a month after I left my position to get a final paycheck.


  11. A lot of (very effective) bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    UBC is the first Canadian institution I've worked at (I'm an American expat), but I was pleasantly surprised at how well all of the institutional bureaucracy worked.

    Cons

    I don't really have any complaints about working at UBC.



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