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University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
186 Reviews
3.8
186 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent co-workers; good benefits; excellent location; beautiful campus; good career opportunities (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
  • Salary is not enough to sustain in an expensive city like Vancouver (in 6 reviews)

  • Too many students can sometimes bog down the work environment (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    satisfy

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

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    love the work, love the people.

    Cons

    meet all the deadlines. Very satisfy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have personal growth when there is opportunity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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 (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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience!

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Autonomy. 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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    No advice. Management was terrific.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Communications Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Communications Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - positive atmosphere
    - great team
    - interesting topics to work with
    - constantly changing workplace
    - as a staff member working with faculty, I am constantly learning

    Cons

    - attitudes of some senior staff
    - ancient computers/technology
    - status quo is accepted
    - guidelines for workplace behaviour are not accessible nor followed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage innovation rather than status quo. Encourage those in high places to challenge themselves even more and try to both teach and learn from the more junior employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very good learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Thorough training, vibrant environment to work in

    Cons

    no cons in my experience

  7.  

    Great Place to start your work. beautiful location.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, Nice work environment. No much of workload.

    Cons

    The compensation is not too much. Bureaucracy…..

  8.  

    Research Assistant

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

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very positive work environment.
    Nice city.

    Cons

    Need more courses from the SoC group.

  9.  

    Salary not as competitive, but good benefits

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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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great work environment, job is stable

    Cons

    Salary is not as competitive (although decent), felt overqualified for position

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (less than an 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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