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University of British Columbia Canada Reviews

Updated July 16, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. "Teaching Assistant in Film Department"

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    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.

  3. "graduate research"

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    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.


  4. "Teaching Assistant (TA)"

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    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


  5. "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.


  6. "Student Librarian"

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    Current Employee - Student LIbrarian in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student LIbrarian in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The people are exceptional to work with.

    Cons

    I have had no negative experience.


  7. "Working in a great university as researcher"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 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

    The best part of my experience as a full-time TA and RA at the Department of Statistics, the University of British Columbia is having lots of supportive faculties and TAs as well as friendly administrators. The working experience is really cool for me.

    Cons

    Well, they term the positions for the graduate student is "full-time" TA/RA. But, it is very tough for an international student to live in costly Vancouver with this salary.

    Advice to Management

    Slightly pay rise will help a bit.

  8. "Co-op student"

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    Former Employee - Co-Op Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-Op Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    -Great location (worked at VGH)
    -Good co-op experience
    -Opportunities to meet others (networking)

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -no benefits
    -work load depends on the week, your project or supervisor

    Advice to Management

    This all really depends on who you work for as UBC is a HUGE workplace with many different PIs/ supervisors/ employees


  9. "MASc in Mechanical Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    In general, UBC is a very welcoming and diverse environment to work in.
    Good financial support for graduate students

    Cons

    Relaxed attitude for completion of program (can also be seen as a pro), where extending the program beyond the expected end date seems normal


  10. "Great experience!"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great Location and campus
    -Prestigious research university
    -various research fields and labs to choose from
    -My supervisor was awesome and gave me lots of great feedback!

    Cons

    -Long commute from Richmond and expensive parking.


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