University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    UBC IT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)


  2. good experience

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

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

    Pros

    good place for work , high benefits and high salaries

    Cons

    no thing to say !!!

    Advice to Management

    keep your experienced employees


  3. Research Assistant duinrg Graduate Studies

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent learning and research atmosphere! My supervisor was amazing and supportive!

    Cons

    Not at all timely with processing pay checks. I waited more than a month after I left my position to get a final paycheck.


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  5. short review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good location and working hours

    Cons

    Not a good building to work at


  6. Research Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    No fixed working schedule, great people here

    Cons

    research itself could be a challenge

    Advice to Management

    maybe provide more group activities to help new members to start a life at UBC


  7. A lot of (very effective) bureaucracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    UBC is the first Canadian institution I've worked at (I'm an American expat), but I was pleasantly surprised at how well all of the institutional bureaucracy worked.

    Cons

    I don't really have any complaints about working at UBC.


  8. Advisor

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Talented, hardworking, funny, supportive, friendly and kind colleagues! IA perfect mix of support, guidance, and independence in supervision. Flexible and supportive work atmosphere. I feel I am making a difference for students. (However, I heard that in some departments, there is a lot of office conflict and micromanaging). Many opportunities for professional development, but there isn't much time allocated for that.

    Cons

    Pay is not that high. There is a lot of work to do in very little time. I am often working overtime. I'm not sure what other departments are like. My understanding is that the work culture in different departments can be very different. I would have liked more opportunities for training.

    Advice to Management

    More support to staff in terms of helping staff attain a better work-life balance. It's difficult because many departments are working under a tight budget, but it would be great if more staff were hired so that staff members are not so overworked. More mentoring opportunities for staff would also be appreciated.


  9. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice working environment, many resources for doing research, great prestige and good benefits

    Cons

    Salaries are not up to par with the living expenses for Vancouver. It is a problem for the overall city but UBC does not much to keep affordable housing within their own housing system

    Advice to Management

    Better salaries for postdocs


  10. Good Departement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Good People are working there

    Cons

    You have to work hard to be seen


  11. Great place to work, suffers because lack of funding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at University of British Columbia as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance emphasis, great people, focus on sustainability, beautiful campus

    Cons

    Large bureaucracy hinders timely progress, suffers from lack of funding as a public institution

    Advice to Management

    Get a new president



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