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University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
178 Reviews
3.8
178 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent co-workers; good benefits; excellent location; beautiful campus; good career opportunities (in 20 reviews)

  • Relatively slower pace than the private sector, so tends to have better work-life balance (depends on department) (in 9 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.  

    Lab Technician UBC

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    Current Employee - Undergrad Lab Technician  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Undergrad Lab Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great friendly atmosphere, smart people to learn from.

    Cons

    Low pay, in comparison to other jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay, Vancouver = expensive to live

    Approves of CEO
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    Comfortable working environment. Great colleagues to get along.

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    Former Employee - Student Web Programmer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student Web Programmer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is nice in the office and a comfortable time managed for each project, so we don't have to do any overtime work.

    Cons

    It's too far from where I live, and I have to be there everyday at 830. Working time isn't flexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More gatherings with team would help know each other and build up a better chemistry.

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    A great place to teach.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    You 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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  5.  

    Fun, familial environment to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Friends, playing and teaching children new things everyday - and having them surprise you everyday.

    Cons

    It can sometimes be a bit slow - not fast-paced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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  6.  

    great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    nice location, outstanding faculty members

    Cons

    low payment rather than same type of places

  7.  

    Great steady work study job, with decent pay!

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    Former Employee - UBC Library Work Study Student Assistant  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - UBC Library Work Study Student Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    able to work and be in classes at the same time
    relatively normal work hours
    flexible work schedule during exams
    good money for a student jobs

    Cons

    not enough hours
    repetitive work
    no opportunities to move within the work study system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities to work around campus

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not enough resources (i.e. office with computer or telephone!?) provided for Research Assistants.

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Learning environment and beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Short on resources and difficult to find guidance when needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    One of the best places I had worked for.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Relaxing Professional Environment, a bit slow though

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxing, 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.

    Cons

    Asians 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be quick please !

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    As a notetaker for a computer science course, the work is straightforward and simple.

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    Former Employee - Note Taker
    Former Employee - Note Taker

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

    Pros

    Good job opportunities can be found via ubc careers online.

    Cons

    It is a great campus to walk in, if nothing else.

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