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University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
176 Reviews
3.7
176 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    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
  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 for 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.  

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, exciting work, great coworkers

    Cons

    Slow pace, poor pay compared with industry

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  5.  

    Good place to work

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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 for 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
  6.  

    good experience at UBC

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    good university, nice research environment, great colleugues

    Cons

    the salary is not that good

  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    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 for 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

  9.  

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    My experience at UBC was mostly positive.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The best part of working for UBC is the salary and benefits. It is also a beautiful campus and is very well serviced by transit. There are many food service outlets and too many coffee shops to count, including five Starbucks outlets. There are many different positions in multiple fields. I worked in office administration and there were always new jobs opening up.

    Cons

    This is a very top heavy bureaucratic environment with many inept managers on power trips. Some departments are great, others are pure hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and listen to what they have to say.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Health Science Researcher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Flexible schedule that can accommodate parents with young children.

    Cons

    Low salary compared to the industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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