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University of British Columbia Reviews in Canada

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
181 Reviews
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Pros
  • Excellent co-workers; good benefits; excellent location; beautiful campus; good career opportunities (in 21 reviews)

  • Relatively slower pace than the private sector, so tends to have better work-life balance (depends on department) (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Salary is not enough to sustain in an expensive city like Vancouver (in 6 reviews)

  • Too many students can sometimes bog down the work environment (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    UBC

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus
    Gorgeous city
    Vibrant and liberal atmosphere

    Cons

    Lots of rain in the winter

  2.  

    Great place!

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, lots of room for learning

    Cons

    Red tape can be bad at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to add

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Continuous learning opportunities - formal and informal such as instructional skills, management development and structured networking opportunities with professional staff. Very flexible, family-friendly approach and policies

    Cons

    As a publicly funded university, the salaries are not the best, particularly for non-academic or beginning academic staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider transitioning out some of the administrative staff who have been there for 30 years or so without re-skilling significantly. It would help UBC grow at the pace it hopes to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Working as a PhD research and teaching assistant at UBC

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    A lots of opportunities for personal and professional growth
    Wonderful place to build a network
    Varieties of options to learn new professional skills
    A good start point for career in teaching and research

    Cons

    Low paid jobs.
    Being over-qualified for most of available jobs in BC.
    Hard to create boundary between research work and life.
    Challenge of defining the tasks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Providing opportunities for more internship for graduate students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    People were nice, helpful, and enjoyable work place

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    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Flexible work load, and nice people.
    it is definitely a place where I would go back if I have chance.

    Cons

    There's no cons at this workplace for sure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    UBC is a place to grow and apply your ideas within the accepted organizational culture.

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    Former Employee - Seasional Instructor in West Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Seasional Instructor in West Kelowna, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    You will get a vey open and friendly environment to interact with peers and professors.

    Cons

    There are too many personnels in each unit compared to the allocated resources. It generate a main problem when it comes to competitions for internal grants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allocating more resources before hiring the human resources for projects will definitely improve the outcomes.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Teaching Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Great way to earn income as student, hours are easy, a comfortable job. Get to know and appreciate the subject matter a little more.

    Cons

    None really. I mean, I suppose if working with students isn't your thing...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None really

  9.  

    Great Place to start your work. beautiful location.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, Nice work environment. No much of workload.

    Cons

    The compensation is not too much. Bureaucracy…..

  10.  

    Very good learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Thorough training, vibrant environment to work in

    Cons

    no cons in my experience

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    Great experience!

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Autonomy. Ideas and suggestions listened to and taken seriously. Hours flexible. Great deal of personal satisfaction with job being done. Helped my prof with literature searches and assisted a PhD student with construction of his project.

    Cons

    Some very long days. Had a problem when we started the project and I was there until midnight. Not unwilling to put in the extra time when needed as some days were lighter. Only a summer job. Wish it could be full time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. Management was terrific.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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