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Commitment to work life balance and strong leadership, but varies by unit

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

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

Pros

Beautiful location, strong leadership, great amenities (recreational, cultural, pro-D), benefits, vacation, range of career options available, option to live on campus = no commute.

Cons

An inherently innovative organization struggling to get past the bureacracy, hierarchical structure and crippling long and overly consultative decision making processes. Unfortunately the workplace satisfaction is dependent on the individual unit and supervisor (not unlike large organizations).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to bring in strong hires, but give them the freedom to try new things and support their decision making. Ensure your mid-level management understand the need to build capacity in the workforce, crediting good work and building a team - it varies so widely by department. Every manager should be required to go through management training.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for University of British Columbia

  1.  

    Just avoid this hell-hole like a plague!!

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    Former Employee - Masters Student  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Masters Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None! It has no redeeming qualities! Nada! Zilch!!

    Cons

    Lots! Starving wages. Slave-like labour. Lots of teaching duties. Outrageously expensive city: with the starving wages they pay you, you'll be dreaming about having two meals a day. The administrative staff are condesending and unfriendly. The profs could not care less for your well-being. And on top of it all, the weather is positively miserable, which is probably why everyone is so difficult to deal with as well. Just go to Toronto or Montreal or even Waterloo would be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take fewer students and fund them better: it's really not rocket science.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very difficult working environment unless you have a skillset that can't easily be replaced. Some ethical concerns.

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    Former Employee - Advancement Services Employee  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Advancement Services Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work.
    Some positions are paid well. Can ask for mid-point salary if you are expected to hit the ground running.
    Some positions receive a lot of recognition.
    Some positions have great work/life balance.
    The annual vacation allotment is generous. Can negotiate for more vacation time when hired.

    Cons

    Low morale.
    Very few career opportunities, if any, though they say there are to keep you motivated.
    Every aspect of your performance is analyzed.
    Bi-annual performance reviews.
    Passive aggressiveness.
    The contents of your email account are not private.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unethical focus on results over people and privacy.
    Way too much time spent analyzing people under the guise of career coaching.
    No good can come from openly criticizing unions and people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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