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University of British Columbia Canada Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "Jobs that pay well for what actually gets done"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Safe work environment, great benefits

    Cons

    Competitive upward mobility, but the unproductive union environment makes you realize why very little gets done efficiently

    Advice to Management

    Listen directly to students and their needs more, listen to your front line staff and support them better, stop wasting your time trying to get each other fired and focus on your actual job


  3. "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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  5. "Research Assistant"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great community; good for if you want to get involved in research studies; opportunities for directed studies

    Cons

    gets repetitive after a while

    Advice to Management

    -


  6. "Sales attendant"

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    Current Employee - Sales Attendant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Attendant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and less pressure in the workplace.

    Cons

    Very hard to get enough hours because of too many high seniority ppl. They have been working over 20-30 years.


  7. "Inspiring place"

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

    Pros

    - Modern and new buildings
    - Access to opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    - Expensive city and low salaries
    - Departments and faculties working on similar fields but usually in silos

    Advice to Management

    - Promote collaboration among departments. Think about fields of research instead of organisms used.
    - Create better royalty/equity deals for entrepreneurs


  8. "Junior Technician"

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    Current Intern - Junior Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Intern - Junior Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -You have a lot of free time/ flexible time learning and develop own growth
    -You have a supervisor that teaches you along the way of any projects given

    Cons

    -lots of labor
    -takes a long time for management to do simple problems and get things sorted

    Advice to Management

    Sort out list of priorities or projects will become constantly meshed


  9. "Graduate Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great infrastructure and funding available for graduate students. It has a beautiful campus. It's a very well known university with some great connections

    Cons

    Not enough supervision. Research faculty is not very enthusiastic about teaching which can reduce the lecture quality. Living on and around the campus is extremely expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the supervisors are not abusing their grad students and they are doing their best go advise and supervise their students. Create incentives for better teaching quality. Enforce higher standards for your undergrad programs.


  10. "Okay freedom; moves at a snail's pace"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are very friendly, and most supervisors have open office doors to talk about any projects or concerns you have as a student.
    The pay is also semi-decent for a part-time job with relatively small commitment.

    Cons

    Terrible pacing - expect to have a lead time of at least a month before any new ideas can be tabled or tackled. If you have any new ideas, you need to jump through at least 3 hoops before the idea is even tabled. Too much bureaucracy, not enough communication.

    Advice to Management

    Have a better onboarding process for student workers that doesn't take longer than 3 weeks, especially for those working on project work and not routine, service-based work.


  11. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits - health & education funds
    Generous holiday allowance - starting at 3 weeks off
    Good contribution to RRSP account

    Cons

    It really depends what department you are in, as the people make or break the experience
    Working with academics can be very challenging
    Can be bureaucratic and slow moving for certain things

    Advice to Management

    Leaders of departments should be neutral. Scientific Directors should have management leadership training - having a PhD in a specific topic does not automatically make you a great leader. Senior Mgmt could be intimidating and scare off great staff.


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