University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated June 25, 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. Safe and comfortable working environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Events Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Events Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and friendly environment, supportive colleagues, chances to switch between and try different departments. Good for those with family, but not so much for someone looking to develop a high-flying career.

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic and too much red tape in some of the processes; does not feel innovative enough for a place which should be more forward thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Review processes and roles to see which can be streamlined as there are a lot of jobs which could be eliminated, this would make for a more dynamic workplace.


  2. postdoc

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    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


  3. postdoc at UBC

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    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.


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  5. Development Associate

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    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.


  6. 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


  7. Great Employer

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

    I have been working at University of British Columbia part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fast Paced
    Good compensation
    Full of opportunities
    Offers work/life balance
    Respects employees

    Cons

    Slow response
    Very bureaucratic
    Vague job descriptions

    Advice to Management

    Please respond to applications.
    Be more clear and specific in your job descriptions


  8. 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


  9. Good balance

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is pretty good, depending on your role. The benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Typical for a large public-sector institution: change is hard to initiate and slow to happen; innovation isn't often rewarded. Things can be very political and sometimes the wrong people get promoted because they position themselves well, not because they're talented or deserve it.

    Advice to Management

    Surround yourselves with people who know what they're talking about, don't be afraid to hear criticisms or even contradicting opinions. Give staff more autonomy.


  10. post doctoral

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    there are so many professionals there and you can get latest knowledge on forestry when interaction with them.

    Cons

    less opportunity to connect to the public to see the actual need outside

    Advice to Management

    building the bridge or connection between professionals and the public


  11. UBC IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Salary is roughly equivalent to industry rates
    Pension and healthcare are excellent
    Exciting to try and make a difference for a new generation of student

    Cons

    So many silos. Each faculty is completely separate and departments within the faculties can be very separate as well, so there is so much wastage, no best practices and very limited career progression opportunities.
    Too many faculty are focused on their own research and have only a passing interest in educating students e.g. the facuilty union argues that faculty are not responsible for creating new exams, so many reuse exams for years, meaning that the relevance is questionable to modern day thinking, and cheating is easy.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop wasting tax payers money, and join the 20th century (and then join the 21st century)



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