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University of British Columbia Canada Reviews

Updated August 17, 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 34 reviews)

  • laid back, intellectual, beautiful campus (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary and lots of paper work to get the work done (in 22 reviews)

  • Quite low pay for some positions (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Guest Service Agent"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front Desk Clerk in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Front Desk Clerk in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    The people in the office are very friendly and it is a very positive atmosphere. They are very encouraging and supportive to help you learn.

    Cons

    In the summer, the guests may have unrealistic expectations which places you in very difficult positions where you have to balance being flexible with the guest as well as be firm and uphold the policies of the department.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that all advertisements explain the conditions clearly.


  2. "Research Quality"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exceptional world-class Professors. UBC is one of the top Research institute in Canada.

    Cons

    On campus housing is really expensive.

  3. "Support Analyst"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment. Have the best team since I came to Canada. Work-life balance is good. Have tons of vacation days.

    Cons

    Relative low payment compared to the industry.


  4. "Great place to start your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrative Clerk in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrative Clerk in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including pension matching and education credits.
    Supportive in your future moves.
    Good training opportunities.
    Good internal job postings so there is an opportunity to move laterally within the university

    Cons

    The union limits any pay raises so there aren't a lot of opportunities for quick pay raises.
    Low salaries
    Slow to get to if you don't live close by

    Advice to Management

    Offer incentives for hard workers


  5. "Sales attendant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Inspiring place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Graduate Research assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Junior Technician"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Research Assistant"

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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


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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