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BC Cancer Research Centre Reviews

Updated June 6, 2017
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  1. "Engineering Co-op"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Calm environment
    Interesting research going on
    Long lunch breaks

    Cons

    Slow paced compared to working at corporate companies


  2. "Good place to work if you are in the right lab"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BC Cancer Research Centre full-time

    Pros

    The best city in Canada, and research is quite strong if you are in the right lab. Check their publications before you apply to the lab.

    Cons

    Vancouver is an expensive city to live. You may end up in the wrong lab, and get nothing out of it. More genuine collaborations between labs (no just for grant purpose).

    Advice to Management

    More Money for the research. More Money for the research. More Money for the research. More Money for the research.


  3. "A good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BC Cancer Research Centre full-time

    Pros

    Very good benefit to employee

    Cons

    Too much politics and uncertainty


  4. "Throw the pregnant postdoc overboard!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BC Cancer Research Centre full-time

    Pros

    Good medical benefits and lots of vacation time (4 weeks).

    Cons

    Crappy pay and mostly short-term grant funded contracts for research personnel.
    They decided to conveniently not renew my contract when I informed them that I was pregnant. They had also given me the wrong benefits info pkg. when I was hired, so I was led to believe that I would qualify for a salary top-up during my maternity leave, which was not the case.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure HR is providing correct information to employees regarding benefit packages.


  5. "Diverse, flexible workload"

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    Current Contractor - Statistical Analyst in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Statistical Analyst in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Cancer Research Centre as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Variety of projects to learn researching, writing, and coding skills
    - Cordial, relaxing work atmosphere

    Cons

    - Sometimes too slow, without a clear sense of project deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Ensure integrated involvement of all team/lab members


  6. "Well funded"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BC Cancer Research Centre as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well funded (at least my lab is). Great coworkers. Good location. Facilities and equipment beyond par. Building itself is nice.

    Cons

    IT is complicated. Two different systems in place. Getting new programs installed can be a hassle. Takes a lot of paperwork.


  7. "Research Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    good people, opportunity to learn new things

    Cons

    underpaid and no real chance of advancement


  8. "Co-op student"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at BC Cancer Research Centre as a contractor

    Pros

    Encouraging people, mostly everyone is friendly and wants to help.
    First week, random people would come up to me to introduce themselves even though they weren't part of my team/lab.
    Supervisor trusted me with other tasks that were not outlined in my job description.

    Cons

    Training (WHMIS, Chemical safety, etc...) took about 2 months to complete.
    I feel like in vivo testing should have been more high regulated.

    Advice to Management

    Minimum wage for co-op students is harsh when living in Vancouver. Management should consider better ways of dealing with people who are disrespectful and like to cause conflicts and complaints.


  9. "Post Doctoral Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BC Cancer Research Centre full-time

    Pros

    1. best place to work at, can learn a lot.
    2. Good scope for publications. Staff scientists and higher level people are open, friendly and nice to learn or talk to.

    Cons

    1. petty talk and gossip amongst lower level staff.
    2. Need more engineering background staff


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent opportunity for growth"

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    Former Employee - StudentResearch Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - StudentResearch Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BC Cancer Research Centre full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Everyone I came across was friendly, mature, competent, and professional - environment was conductive to personal growth
    - Location is excellent: Scenic hotspots not too far away, many cafes and restaurants to choose from
    - Resources were easy to access, facilities were new, clean, and well-maintained
    - Lots of free, good-quality food, well-organized events and parties, plenty of humour and spirit
    - Breathtaking view at lunch room on top floor, pretty good building design (DNA staircase, cell plates as windows)
    - Management was fast to respond to queries

    Cons

    - Felt like there could have been more inter-lab mingling
    - Not enough elevators/is slow
    - Thefts weren't uncommon