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 IT - Management sees no failures, hears no failures and speaks no failures, but are bound for failure

    Software Developer (Current Employee)

    Pros- Great salary, benefits, pension and vacation package
    - Those who work on the ground are great to work with. They are willing to help and are knowledgeable
    - Relatively slower pace than the private sector, so tends to have better work-life balance (depends on department)

    ConsWith the recent focus on 3rd party systems rather than in-house development, things have changed for the worst:
    - Management only sees vendors' marketing spin and ignores their own teams' findings
    - There is no communication between those who do and those who manage. This is because management refuses to listen and removes those who do not conform
    - Unrealistic project timelines that do not take into account estimates of those who do the work. Because of this, quality suffers and people are stressed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease remove your new style of command and control management. Listen to those who are on the front lines and see with your own eyes what's happening. If you continue down this path, you will only realize the painful errors you're making several years down the road. That's when you'll realize it's too late to turn back.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Old Boys Club

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe Name of the company

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

    Advice to Senior Managementopen up, you might get some good employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Overall

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBeautiful Environment, Good work hours and benefits

    ConsWork can get really tedious at times

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    Great university with beautiful campus and comfortable working environment

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

    Prosoffice culture is good, time is flexible

    ConsConstruction is always on site, need proper planning so that it won't affect the students' experience. Also, guest parking plots are limited, cannot find a place even with visitor parking slips.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA better construction plan is needed. Always treat student's working and studying environment as the first priority.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

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

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

    ConsLab 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 Senior ManagementTake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    World-class research

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

    ProsIt was excellent to work with top-notch scientists under well-funded environment. I worked there also in 2002-2004 and the facility has upgraded significantly since then, and the access to facility has improved a lot.

    ConsNot any cons that I can think of at the moment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe chemical storage in the department of chemistry could be in ventilated cupboards instead on shelves. Chemicals were in separated and ventilated cupboards in 4 other institutions in three different countries I have worked in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work, good people to work with

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

    ProsThe benefits are fantastic, great pension, extended health and dental, and flexible working hours. Working a 9 day fort night is still an option at this company in this position!

    Consthe pay is disappointing, but they attempt to make up for it with their benefits. Still, it is hard to live on their salary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Research Assistant

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

    ProsFlexible schedule, exciting work, great coworkers

    ConsSlow pace, poor pay compared with industry

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    Teaching Assistant

    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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