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University of British Columbia Canada Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  • Low Salary-Sometimes it becomes boring (in 21 reviews)

  • The stipend that a graduate student is given is not sufficient to cover the cost of living in Vancouver (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Nice prof
    - Good location
    - Nice scenery

    Cons

    - So so pay

    Nothing else


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Little mentorship, okay pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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. "Ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will probably learn a lot of things while a graduate student.

    Cons

    The stipend that a graduate student is given is not sufficient to cover the cost of living in Vancouver.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "It is a nice place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Well-established university, reasonable pay, stunning view, friendly community

    Cons

    Living expense is going up. Campus is small not too many entertainment facilities...

    Advice to Management

    should raise more fund to support students and research


  8. "Working hard"

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

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

    Pros

    Resources are enough for study, big campus, many libraries.

    Cons

    Need to work hard to finish your degree, can not say that is a con. Sometime guidance is not enough, you are on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Professors need to work harder, so are the students.


  9. "Great University"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in West Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in West Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good organization, level of education and athmosphere

    Cons

    Stressful environment and poor work-life balance (as any grad student)


  10. "IT Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collaborative and professional environment. Solid training options.

    Cons

    Commute is definitely an issue.

    Advice to Management

    A little appreciation goes a long way


  11. "UBC"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    In general, UBC is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Non-professional Senior Management team in some departments.



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