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Updated November 20, 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. "Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very professional and very amazing

    Cons

    it is a little high level


  2. Helpful (1)

    "UBC an Express Scripts Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None, except had some great colleagues. Con - most of them left when I did.

    Cons

    My first clue as to how much this company valued its employees was discovering that benefits did not go into effect for 2 months after my start date. The study I was assigned to had data locks constantly. Huge backlog of data in order to meet the deadlines. Reports constantly late - not a norm for me. Expense reports expected to be done weekly (and part of performance review) - I was lucky to get them done every 3 weeks. Lack of empathy or understanding from management. No support whatsoever. Do NOT accept a bonus from this company - when you leave by month 5 you will need to pay it back. Short term disability does not kick in until after you've been there a year, fyi. Consistently worked 50 - 60 hours a week without management taking notice or realizing that workload was too heavy. Many colleagues worked on the weekends to try to keep up, but there was no way to keep up. When you leave the company, the benefits you waited 2 months for will end the weekend after you leave - not until the end of the month like so many other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Current management needs to be overhauled and re-trained on every level. Accept input from employees. Assess the amount of late reports and expenses and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I and all my colleagues there were very experienced CRAs, and for all of us to have consistently late reports really says volumes. Your employees deserve a much better work environment.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great for learning, bad for working."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, easy job, good benefits.

    Cons

    Boring, too many managers, people stick around forever without knowing a clue how to do their jobs and they end up being your boss.

    Advice to Management

    You should evaluate performance.


  4. "As a postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Relax environment, good sick leave., and good health service

    Cons

    No benefits comparing to other places


  5. "WorkLearn Program"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - WorkLearn Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - WorkLearn Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of positions. Helpful for building work experience and adding value to one's undergraduate degree program. However, very difficult to get hired.

    Cons

    Very little hiring transparency. No clarity as to whether the position has been filled already or is not filled. Application system is outdated and needs reworking.

    Advice to Management

    Improve employer engagement with the work learn program and increase the number of valuable students experiences rather than subsidizing desk jobs and meaningless labor positions.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Politics and big egos"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Five weeks vacation, Wreck Beach.

    Cons

    Public funded, waste of everything. Pension is a trap, you contribute but never get back the money.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire you whole family.


  7. "Union Mind Set"

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program 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 3 years)

    Pros

    It's union if that's your thing
    Okay pension
    Decent Vacation
    Nice looking buildings.

    Cons

    Union mind-set (do the minimum required)
    Cliques
    Mediocre pay
    Location
    Parking
    Staff barely care about students

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees and pay attention to the slackers

  8. Helpful (2)

    "not recommended"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - job security
    - benefits (including holidays)

    Cons

    - unionized vs non-unionized
    - no room for growth
    - too many dinosaurs who don't change with the times
    - not enough respect

    Advice to Management

    don't treat us like we are numbers and can be replaced! -- because one day we will all leave.


  9. "Graduate Research Assistant- UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    - Some good research happening in Faculty
    - Some smart co-students
    - Some good professors and classes
    - Excellent facilities

    Cons

    - Very low pay
    - Administration is incompetent and doesn't care about research (only new PharmD program)
    - Administrations very bureaucratic and officious
    - Poor social scene/sense of community
    - Everyone researching disparate topics/fields (no cohesion)

    Advice to Management

    Just get rid of the research and graduate program in the faculty since it is being run into the ground. Treat your graduate students like adults rather than incompetent children. Remove many of the management/advisor/secretary positions as these people are useless.


  10. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    I like everything about this employer

    Cons

    there is no cons and pros

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you doing


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