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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 36 reviews)

  • laid back, intellectual, beautiful campus (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary and lots of paper work to get the work done (in 23 reviews)

  • Cost of living in Vancouver is outrageous (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Research Associate Role"

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

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

    Pros

    The campus is in a great location and has good facilities for science research.
    Good benefits if your job has them.

    Cons

    Housing is expensive in Vancouver of course.
    Little communication between research groups or cross faculty in my experience.


  2. "Review of Position"

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

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

    Pros

    The team in Conferences and Accommodation are great to work with. You meet a lot of people from around the world that bring large Conferences to the University in the summer months. One bonus is that there is no take home work, everything stays in the office creatin a great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Compensation needs to be worked on. The benefits are great but the role is underpaid for the amount of work that is required.

    Advice to Management

    This position needs to be taken more seriously and treated more fairly. There is a lot of work that is taken for granted and appreciation is not always shown.

  3. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Reputable university with lots of resources, and Vancouver is good!

    Cons

    Lab is old and crappy and have limited access to meet with supervisor.


  4. "Graduate Reseracher"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -Great place for resources and receiving other help.

    Cons

    -Lacks team-building opportunities with other laboratories.


  5. "Instructor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Faculty in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Faculty in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    students are amazing as well are department staff and my colleagues for the most part.

    Cons

    Upper admin don't have your back and you really need to look out for yourself

    Advice to Management

    be real. Be upfront. Don't pretend to be my friend when I'm really a line item on your spreadsheet.


  6. "Host"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Host in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Host in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Internationally Accredited Post Secondary Institution, great human resources, very accommodating for students

    Cons

    limited hours for students, gpa based hours


  7. "Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An inclusive environment, good pay, great work-life balance!

    Cons

    Most jobs are too academic in nature! Growth is slow!


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

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Great time in research"

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    Former Intern - Lab Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Lab Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia as an intern

    Pros

    Very supportive lab environment where I was given great training

    Cons

    Hard to publish as an undergraduate intern


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