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University of British Columbia Canada Reviews

Updated December 13, 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 37 reviews)

  • Great Atmosphere and Beautiful Campus (in 71 reviews)

Cons
  • Cost of living in Vancouver is outrageous (in 10 reviews)

  • A huge con is the low salary that graduate students make at UBC (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "UBC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, and relaxed environment

    Cons

    Rigid and bureaucratic and not much room for growth.


  2. "Great co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Finance Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Finance Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers, decent pay

    Cons

    non-flexible hours and advancing opportunities are lacking

    Advice to Management

    some what rigid management style

  3. "Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free access to pretty much any and all important research papers
    - Teaching assistant hours are very flexible and pay is more than fair
    - High flexibility given to pursue your research how you please

    Cons

    - Tuition is only increasing while the same cannot be said for salaries
    - Stressful environment with little mentoring: everything is self-taught. This may be highly dependent on which lab you work for. But I've worked for multiple labs and this is always the case. It's much better to just get a job elsewhere if you're looking for professional development.


  4. "CFD simulation of multiphase flow in froth flotation machines"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and enjoy life

    Cons

    Vancouver is a very expensive city

    Advice to Management

    on campus housing is not available for postdoc


  5. "OK"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Feels good to help other students understand material.

    Cons

    Sometimes you do students' homework. Hours are increased during exam time.


  6. "A good place to go to graduate school"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate and Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate and Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Beautiful campus, access to mountains, oceans, and winter sports
    -Direct supervisors can be quite excellent

    Cons

    -Cost of living in Vancouver is untenable on a base graduate student salary
    -Larger bureaucratic structure seems to largely exist to make your job harder
    -Too many top-level leaders with no clear vision


  7. "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

  8. "UBC Engineering PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom
    Decent work
    Okay campus

    Cons

    May not have best supervision at times


  9. "Research Assistant"

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

    Pros

    Good for R&D, opportunities to learn stuff and build resume. Flexible work.

    Cons

    Low pay, contract work. Work contracts can vary widely, not permanent. Quite low pay for some positions. Also, heavily dependent on supervisors, department you work at.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "laborer UBC"

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    nice campus, nice scenery, lots of different things to do day to day. always gauranteed work even in the slower months which is good

    Cons

    lack of opportunity , no real job advancment, wages havent matched the other sectors as inflation has gone up quite a lot in recent years

    Advice to Management

    try and get the workers a better wage structure and listen to what your employees are saying as they have lots of experience too


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