University of British Columbia
3.8 of 5 150 reviews
www.ubc.ca Vancouver, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated Apr 5, 2014
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3.8 150 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

University of British Columbia President Stephen J. Toope

Stephen J. Toope

(53 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great people to work with and UBC is situated on a beautiful campus"
    in 19 reviews
  • "Tenure track faculty positions or CUPE staff members enjoy great benefits (or so I hear)"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "Salary is not enough to sustain in an expensive city like Vancouver"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Salary isn't quite great, as a similar position in government or private sector is paid around"
    in 5 reviews
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Outstanding work environment and atmosphere - By far the best place I have worked for

Manager (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time for more than 5 years

ProsAn amazingly great workplace environment and I consider myself very fortunate to be part of it. Great relationships and inclusion. I'm enormously proud to work with the greatest group of people in a harmonious atmosphere.

ConsCommute time but that is really minor compared to the Pros.

Advice to Senior ManagementOpportunity for improvement in areas impacting attraction and retention, and workload.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I worked at University of British Columbia part-time for more than a year

ProsTeaching something will make you understand the material much better. Pay is quite reasonable. If the prof is good, he/she will help you develop instructional skills. Opportunity to make an impact on other students' educational experiences. Income is nice while studying -- right on campus.

ConsThere wasn't much training for first time TAs, thus, TA standards varied. Some TAs were obviously there just for the pay. Others you can tell genuinely wanted to make a positive difference in other students' learning. You don't get much feedback from students or profs at the end of the term.

Advice to Senior ManagementStandardize orientation training for TAs. Need better framework for improving TA skills/experience throughout TA-ship.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Postdoc in Math Department

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I worked at University of British Columbia as a contractor for more than a year

ProsGreat city, great campus.
Only one semester of teaching per year.
Faculty was quite friendly and down to earth. Despite a failry large department and a lot of postdocs, they made sure that nobody was totally ignored in terms of teaching or research.

ConsClass sizes were on the large end (150ish).
The standard postdoc offered was only 2 years.
My office was extremely cramped and shared with three other postdocs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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excellent

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of British Columbia

ProsNotorious faculty depending on what you want to study

ConsNot enough industry presence... makes it hard to land a well paying job after graduation

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I had a good experience at UBC.

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

I have been working at University of British Columbia as a contractor for more than a year

ProsGood health and dental benefits, thanks to the union. I get to work with extremely intelligent individuals and everyone is very inclusive.

ConsThe wages are academic wages, that is, low compared to some industrial wages. Also, union fees are just over the roof. In addition, funding is grant-based, so I feel job stability is minimal. There's little chance of promotion.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou're doing a good job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Casual interviews for graduate studies or undergradaute research assistant

PhD Student (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I worked at University of British Columbia full-time for more than 5 years

ProsWorking in an academic field where the setting is a lot more casual than in the industry. Research positions offer a lot of freedom and supports from different mentors other than your direct supervisor.

ConsResearch funding cut from the government affected the salary for graduate students and research assistants. Lack of funding made scholarship very competitive.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more research funding.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Residence Advisor (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I worked at University of British Columbia part-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat team environment, lots of support from both supervisors and team members alike, and good creative outlet

ConsHours can be time-consuming, and balancing a student-life can be challenging

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not bad, but not great either

UBC Bioinformatics Research Student (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

ProsDecent benefits, and flexible hours

ConsLow salary, not much room for growth

Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish funding for proper hierarchy

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Takes care of their employees

Research Technician (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time for more than a year

Pros- Great benefits
- Multiple locations
- Opportunities for professional development

Cons- Management overworked
- Salary lower than industry standard

Advice to Senior ManagementThere should be more incentive for employees to stay at UBC. There was a very high turn over rate which let to a lot of delay on projects.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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UBC as a postdoc

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time for more than a year

ProsDynamic environment, Freedom of working on your ideas

ConsLack of communication between different groups, Salary and benefits

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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