University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated August 31, 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. Teaching Assistant - Graduate Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There was great institutional support, and the faculty I worked with were all exceptional and motivated. A great place to expand my teaching skills as a graduate student. Very reasonable expectations.

    Cons

    The only major drawback to this type of job - which is true for all graduate student teaching positions I've come across - is the pay is fairly low compared to the expense of living in Vancouver

    Advice to Management

    Keep on with the good work. Best place to be a TA that I've been, although I have heard other departments do not always have the same exceptional support that my department had.


  2. A great school, and a great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent library, nearly unlimited research resources, flexible hours. Generally, profs were very willing to provide guidance and advice when it was asked for. The UBC campus and facilities are wonderful.

    Cons

    Next to none, though an increase in hours would have been nice.


  3. Good training during my research post-doc fellowship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good environment, nice people, world class learning, beautiful city, learned a lot, good experience

    Cons

    Cost of living is high in Vancouver, low salaries, competitive to get in


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  5. RA at UBC

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Time management, friendly, open, nice campus, great instructors

    Cons

    food quality cost heating and cooling system tasks labs


  6. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the most brilliant minds. Most people are kind and generous with their time and skills.

    Cons

    It could take a while to get reimbursed for travel costs.

    Advice to Management

    More transparence. Oh, by the way, why haven't you told us the reason Arvind Gupta left?


  7. UBC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The UBC experience was a good one. I learned a lot of new things and specially my approach towards research changed a lot.

    Cons

    Too much pressure to cope with

    Advice to Management

    Has to be more serious more motivated more cool and more sincere i don't know why don't the do that


  8. Work-Learn Project Assistant

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, very kind and helpful managers and staff, friendly environment.

    Cons

    Only really get to meet the few people that oversee you rather than others in the office just steps away from your spot.


  9. Flexible and good supervisors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible with shifts/scheduling Great supervisors Fairly good pay

    Cons

    Vancouver is way too expensive Competitve


  10. Good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Beautiful environment, and nice colleagues. The working time is flexible and the work is interesting. Overall, it is a good experience.

    Cons

    The location is a little far from downtown, Burnaby, and Richmond. This is the only drawback of working in the university of british columbia.

    Advice to Management

    I think the management is good. Anyway, there are so many employees. The management method now can activate the work interest.


  11. Great place for research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great campus, Great place to study and do you own research, meeting great people

    Cons

    Endless construction on campus seems annoying

    Advice to Management

    Great work, keep working ! It would be great if the salary of PhD could be higher.



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