BC Cancer Research Centre Reviews

Updated May 26, 2015
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  1. Post Doctoral Researcher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BC Cancer Research Centre full-time

    Pros

    1. best place to work at, can learn a lot. 2. Good scope for publications. Staff scientists and higher level people are open, friendly and nice to learn or talk to.

    Cons

    1. petty talk and gossip amongst lower level staff. 2. Need more engineering background staff


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    Excellent opportunity for growth

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    Former Employee - StudentResearch Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - StudentResearch Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BC Cancer Research Centre full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Everyone I came across was friendly, mature, competent, and professional - environment was conductive to personal growth - Location is excellent: Scenic hotspots not too far away, many cafes and restaurants to choose from - Resources were easy to access, facilities were new, clean, and well-maintained - Lots of free, good-quality food, well-organized events and parties, plenty of humour and spirit - Breathtaking view at lunch room on top floor, pretty good building design (DNA staircase, cell plates as windows) - Management was fast to respond to queries

    Cons

    - Felt like there could have been more inter-lab mingling - Not enough elevators/is slow - Thefts weren't uncommon


  3. good research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    pay, scenery, west coast baby

    Cons

    expensive to live there, and easy to be overwrked


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  5. Tough Times

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Working in an industry where you are capable of changing peoples lives for the better can be very rewarding. Pay scale is adequate, and the benefits including pension plan, 4 weeks vacation to start, are unparalleled.

    Cons

    The largest downside to working at BC Cancer in research is the lack of career advancement. If you start working as a technician you will end as a technician. If you chose to go back to school to get a masters or pHD, dont expect a job when you complete. As with many jobs, there is no employment guarantee, and it has become particularly bad recently, with cuts to govenrment funding for research as clinical practices eat up health care budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your technicians a little better, they can often be the greatest asset for a successful lab They know the science and they are commited to working for the company, where students are often only career driven where a journal article is more important than lab success.



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