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University of British Columbia Canada Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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  1. "Financial Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Financial Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Financial Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large institution with many job opportunities

    Cons

    extremely bureaucratic, important information is never as easy to find and often conflicts in various locations, unclear reporting structure, Low end of the pay scale


  2. "IT Staff"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of British Columbia (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Has flexibility to work from home 1 day per week

    Cons

    The work not being appreciated

    Advice to Management

    try to be in your staff shoes and appreciate what we have provided


  3. "Little mentorship, okay pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay, the people are pretty nice. The campus is also pretty nice, which is a bonus, espsecially in the summer months.

    Cons

    Work is horrendously boring, things get done ridiculously slowly due to all the bureaucracy and hoops required to get projects through. Not recommended for entry-mid-level students.

    Advice to Management

    Try investing in your employees, and believe in their ability to do good work.
    Get rid of the bureaucracy, stop stopping creativity in its tracks.


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  5. "Research Related Area"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Nice buildings and environment. Can be improved with relationships among people by skills training, minds with others in mind, and equity review.

    Cons

    Rarely would people care for one, especially management, and treated like short of dirt or a bridge, or like fresh out from high school or alien. Salary was like treatment, particularly for a group.

    Advice to Management

    Get eyes off more money, power. and other issues, for those who work the b's at the bottom.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Benefits, but Static Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - excellent benefits: dental and extended medical are some of the best benefits that myself or medical practitioners usually see
    - good job security: unionized so very secure
    - excellent vacation and pension plan

    Cons

    - honestly, experience will vary so widely depending on position and department - I've had both an amazing UBC manager and a horrible one
    - unionized structure makes it incredibly difficult to move career forward (in order to apply for a new position you need to go through the complete application process. You receive an elevated application status if you are applying to a job in the same union as you are currently in, but moving to a different union is like starting at square one)
    - I currently am at the higher end of my union, so to move up in my career I either need to leave UBC or apply to another union which is an uphill process
    - very bureaucratic and lots of red tape
    - certain individuals and departments enjoy the hierarchical nature of the university, which can be frustrating as admin support (lots of inflated egos)
    - very static environment (due to both the red tape, and due to the nature of working in a school [very cyclical and focused on the same procedures and events every year])
    - lower wage than one would make in similar positions outside UBC (although made up for largely with benefits)

    Advice to Management

    I would advise a way to promote employees from within. It's an incredibly hard environment to move up in, although thankfully the tuition credits and professional development funds help so much to improve your resume when looking to move up in your career.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "UBC can be good start point"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Lots of perks around campus
    Nice location
    Easy commute
    Generous vacation time

    Cons

    Budget slashes limit what can do
    Many positions limited/cut to 60% FT
    Pay rate lower than should be for positions
    Too many managerial levels of fluff
    Limited advancement - lots of middle age
    High turnover in entry level

    Advice to Management

    Trim the gristle not the meat.


  8. "Work-Learn Student Positions"

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    Current Intern - Communications Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Intern - Communications Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Convenient, good-pay, flexible hours, work around other students, opportunities to meet new people

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, slow paced, tight dress code, students do the grunt work, afraid to take a risk

    Advice to Management

    Do not micro-manage student work-learns.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Finish as fast as possible"

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    Former Employee - Doctorate Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Doctorate Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Prestigious, flexible, working with smart people

    Cons

    Politics of academia is childish and stupid.
    Destroys your self confidence.
    You are underpaid and undervalued.
    Academia is the modern day slavery.

    Advice to Management

    Stop luring too many innocent graduate students to a saturated job market just for the sake of milking them for a few papers a year.


  10. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good pay. Reasonable hours.

    Cons

    Level of guidance is entirely dependent on professor. Some TAs are teaching classes with almost no support. This can be extremely stressful for anyone that cares about the quality of instruction they are providing for their students.

    Advice to Management

    Either make professors provide some structure to TAs or stop hiring so many of them. Some professors are making their TAs teach tutorial sections with almost no guidance and then making those tutorials mandatory for their students. Those tutorials are usually a waste of time for both the TAs and the students.


  11. "TA"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice students and over the top campus.

    Cons

    Professors are disconnected from student perspective


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