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University of British Columbia Canada Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance valued (most departments closed or very quiet over Christmas break and Summer break; flex schedules available for certain positions) (in 34 reviews)

  • laid back, intellectual, beautiful campus (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary and lots of paper work to get the work done (in 22 reviews)

  • Quite low pay for some positions (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great benefits, good people, lots of politics"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of British Columbia as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    - great benefits & vacation
    - lots of opportunities to learn
    - beautiful location

    Cons

    - plenty of university politics
    - difficult to move things forward when bogged down in approvals
    - hyper-sensitivity to access/diversity gets a little out of hand sometimes


  2. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent academic institution. I have had a positive experience.

    Cons

    No cons at the University of British Columbia.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "A great part time job if you are a UBC student"

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    Former Employee - Work Learn Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Work Learn Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Flexible shifts that fit your class schedule, and you can work less hour during exam week
    -close to school
    -relatively high hourly salary compared to other entry-level part time jobs

    Cons

    -the job is extremely boring


  4. "Software Developer"

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    Current Contractor - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible timings, lot of independence, challenging project

    Cons

    Low pay compared to industry, no other benefit
    Note: Only take this job if you want some experience


  5. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of British Columbia as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is good and teaching can be fun.

    Cons

    Workload varies a lot depending on which professor you work for, which is not ideal since the pay is fixed per course.


  6. "Undergraduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of British Columbia as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, rewarding experience

    Cons

    Your hours are limited to 12 per week


  7. "graduate research"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment, most important is your relationship with supervisor.

    Cons

    Long hours, takes 4-5 years to complete PhD. Demand to do innovative things.

  8. "Teaching Assistant in Film Department"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great professors, interesting classes and engaged students. All of the classes and the work that you do to help the instructor, benefit your career in many ways, like widens your understanding of the film industry, helps you understand the people who will go to work in the field, helps you to learn many different useful skills.

    Cons

    The only downside is the assignment of TA positions - all three years you will get an offer either only before a week when you have to start working or even one day before the actual work. All communication with department seems very slow and it doesn't help to build your schedule properly.


  9. "Get involved!"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of British Columbia as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of extra things to participate in - employee yoga, BBQs, professional development events and funding. Definitely do some research and attend as much as you can so that you can meet people across the campus.

    Cons

    Decentralized HR results in a lack of performance / career planning and managers are often inexperienced in providing structured feedback.

    Advice to Management

    More support to managers in providing feedback.


  10. "Teaching Assistant (TA)"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great rate (~CAD 30 per hour)
    I love my students and teaching, so great job
    Union job

    Cons

    Some TAs are overworked
    Grading is very stressful and time consuming
    No UBC employee perks as a Teaching Assistant

    Advice to Management

    Give some UBC employee perks to Teaching Assistants


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