University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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University of British Columbia President and Vice-Chancellor Arvind Gupta
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Pros
  • Learning environment and beautiful campus (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
  • Outrageously expensive city: with the starving wages they pay you, you'll be dreaming about having two meals a day (in 6 reviews)

  • Limited budget and sometimes the work environment was a little unsafe (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Teaching Assistant - Graduate Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There was great institutional support, and the faculty I worked with were all exceptional and motivated. A great place to expand my teaching skills as a graduate student. Very reasonable expectations.

    Cons

    The only major drawback to this type of job - which is true for all graduate student teaching positions I've come across - is the pay is fairly low compared to the expense of living in Vancouver

    Advice to Management

    Keep on with the good work. Best place to be a TA that I've been, although I have heard other departments do not always have the same exceptional support that my department had.


  2. Grad Student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    nice campus and beautiful nature. Experience will highly depend on the supervisor

    Cons

    depending on the supervisors, you might have to do things unrelated to your degree


  3. Pros

    Working in a laboratory as a student is very time consuming and research can be frustrating. What I found at UBC was a fantastic network of friends that made working hard enjoyable.

    Cons

    I found the University very welcoming but at times, our building experienced multiple technical troubles that became frustrating since it continuously interfered with experiments.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any comments for the Management, except that I am aware that they are always trying to perform at a high level and solve problems associated with running a University.


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  5. Research Assistant at Electrical Engineering department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work conditions depend largely on your supervisor. It's a nice place to be as long as you keep your supervisor happy

    Cons

    Compared to other Canadian universities, the research assistantship salary is low


  6. Great colleagues, overall nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours for contract position (dependent on department). Great employees, staff and students.

    Cons

    Top-down style can be challenging to work with, as it takes longer to wait for a result and get work done.


  7. Great

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    World renowned university. Great for start-ups. Wonderful location. Lot of activities in Vancouver.

    Cons

    Not sufficient affordable student/postdoc housing available.


  8. A great school, and a great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent library, nearly unlimited research resources, flexible hours. Generally, profs were very willing to provide guidance and advice when it was asked for. The UBC campus and facilities are wonderful.

    Cons

    Next to none, though an increase in hours would have been nice.


  9. Good training during my research post-doc fellowship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good environment, nice people, world class learning, beautiful city, learned a lot, good experience

    Cons

    Cost of living is high in Vancouver, low salaries, competitive to get in


  10. RA at UBC

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Time management, friendly, open, nice campus, great instructors

    Cons

    food quality cost heating and cooling system tasks labs


  11. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the most brilliant minds. Most people are kind and generous with their time and skills.

    Cons

    It could take a while to get reimbursed for travel costs.

    Advice to Management

    More transparence. Oh, by the way, why haven't you told us the reason Arvind Gupta left?



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