University of British Columbia

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University of British Columbia Reviews in Canada

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
195 Reviews
3.8
195 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent co-workers; good benefits; excellent location; beautiful campus; good career opportunities (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
  • 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.  

    Good Overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Beautiful Environment, Good work hours and benefits

    Cons

    Work can get really tedious at times

  2.  

    Disappointing work environment - a handful of employees manage to ruin it for all the rest.

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Kelowna, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Lots of great interaction with students while teaching, ample opportunity to discuss ideas and new solutions to problem that pop up while teaching.

    Cons

    Lab managers do not empower teaching assistants; too much emphasis put on experience instead of competency, which leads to a needlessly political work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more of an interest in what's going on in the labs and don't take sides with the people you are friends with in political disputes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    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 a 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.

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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vivid and diverse, place for innovation and work/life balance

    Cons

    Salaries not competitive compared to the market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Old Boys Club

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    The Name of the company

    Cons

    The old boys club, its not what you know, its who you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open up, you might get some good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant

    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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, exciting work, great coworkers

    Cons

    Slow pace, poor pay compared with industry

  9.  

    Research in cell and molecular biology

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good technical and material support, good benefits

    Cons

    No promotions and care about future career development, no care about non-union research staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transfer technical and research stuff between departments

  10.  

    Good part-time job for a university student that doesn't need a lot of income

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia as a contractor

    Pros

    flexible around school schedule
    higher than minimum wage

    Cons

    full-time workers are often unfriendly
    mainly older workers who expect you to do everything because you are younger

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    overall its good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Working @ UBC

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    Former Employee - Database/Systems Administrator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Database/Systems Administrator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It has a great atmosphere and friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Slightly lower wages than private industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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