University of British Columbia
3.7 of 5 167 reviews
www.ubc.ca Vancouver, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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3.7 167 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

University of British Columbia President Stephen J. Toope

Stephen J. Toope

(55 ratings)

84% 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
  • "Support employee development, provide good benefits and lot of opportunities"
    in 12 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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    UBC is a place to grow and apply your ideas within the accepted organizational culture.

    Seasional Instructor (Former Employee)
    West Kelowna, BC (Canada)

    ProsYou will get a vey open and friendly environment to interact with peers and professors.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementAllocating more resources before hiring the human resources for projects will definitely improve the outcomes.

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat way to earn income as student, hours are easy, a comfortable job. Get to know and appreciate the subject matter a little more.

    ConsNone really. I mean, I suppose if working with students isn't your thing...

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone really

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    Great Place to start your work. beautiful location.

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

    ProsFlexibility, Nice work environment. No much of workload.

    ConsThe compensation is not too much. Bureaucracy…..

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    Very good learning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThorough training, vibrant environment to work in

    Consno cons in my experience

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    Great experience!

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

    ProsAutonomy. Ideas and suggestions listened to and taken seriously. Hours flexible. Great deal of personal satisfaction with job being done. Helped my prof with literature searches and assisted a PhD student with construction of his project.

    ConsSome very long days. Had a problem when we started the project and I was there until midnight. Not unwilling to put in the extra time when needed as some days were lighter. Only a summer job. Wish it could be full time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice. Management was terrific.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    ProsVery positive work environment.
    Nice city.

    ConsNeed more courses from the SoC group.

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    A great place to teach.

    GTA Instructor (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsThe math department is full of great employees. The teaching opportunity is great experience. The math students are exceptionally good.

    ConsYou will work more hours than you are paid for, particularly as a graduate student. Class sizes are large, though typically grad students are given class sizes around 60 or less.

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    One of the best places I had worked for.

    Programmer Analyst II (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsGreat location [Point Grey campus], lots of benefits and long vacation

    ConsSalary isn't quite great, as a similar position in government or private sector is paid around $10000/ year higher

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Relaxing Professional Environment, a bit slow though

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

    ProsRelaxing, Good weather, Beautiful landscapes. A very science oriented environment with good student funding and remarkable loans. The university has very nice recreational facilities such as an olympic size pool.

    ConsAsians are everywhere and sometimes you may feel like you are in china. Housing is expensive. The official procedures are a bit slow and clunky. Communication to the university is a bit difficult as it is far from downtown and subway stations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe quick please !

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    place of mind

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat place, good city to live and work

    Consvery expensive city, poor wages

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