University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Program Assistant

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    no pros, no pro at all........

    Cons

    really boring...can't be more boring

  2. Fun, enjoyable, professional environment.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible schedule, good growth opportunities

    Cons

    Expensive parking, transportation slightly inconvenient and far

  3. Excellent

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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, stable position, nice locatiion

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is sometimes hard to deal with

    Advice to Management

    N/A

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  5. student caller

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    relaxed and laid back work atmosphere, everyone in the office is nice.
    Music is blasted most of the shift and everyone talks to each other, 90% of calls are no answer.

    Cons

    boring and often talk to rude people who will just yell or rant. Mainly education alumni who graduated a while ago

    Advice to Management

    more training

  6. Bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty easy going, not a lot to do.

    Cons

    Run by useless people, they don't care about the needs of the students. It's just a business for them.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management

  7. Unappreciated & Underpaid for Level of Responsibility

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Kelowna, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are OK and access to equipment is good. Things are relatively lax, but sometimes too lax.

    Cons

    Little support from senior admin to resolve conflicts. Work schedules during regular teaching terms are completely unrealistic & when things go wrong the support staff are always the 1st to be blame. The coodinators cram too many students in each lab meaning many students have virtually no practical experience before they graduate. Space is very limited which adds to the problem. Pay is extremely low for the level of responsibility & amount of work involved. There is a high employee turnover in the support staff but it doesn't seem to matter much to the admins.

    Advice to Management

    This is the worst job I ever had. Stop treating employees like just assets. Try to better coordinate teaching labs so that they are more effective for the students & can be better supported by the limited staff. Look at providing fair level of pay for amount of work performed based on level responsibility. Stop blaming support staff when things go wrong. Focus on the important things & stop micro-managing.

  8. Great place to stay as a postdoctoral research fellow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

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

    Pros

    Great research environment with excellent opportunities as a PDF. Easy access to many interdisciplinary institutions. Good for short term (1-2 years) PDF position. Payment ok. Probably one of the best locations an university campus can have. Flexible work hours (which depends more on the supervisor than UBC itself)

    Cons

    No appropriate cafeteria on campus that offers affordable food and place to sit for a bigger group. Only the common fast food brands and some local cafes.

  9. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

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

    Pros

    Good place to work and do research.

    Cons

    Vancouver can be quite expensive to stay

    Advice to Management

    NA

  10. Excellent biology program

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

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent Principle Investigators and a wide variety of projects to choose from.

    Cons

    Not a great work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  11. Good People

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    Former Employee - Video Production in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Video Production in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Flexible schedules and lots to learn from supervisors.

    Cons

    At times hard to balance, but that's pretty rare.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

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