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University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated February 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "UBC an Express Scripts Company"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very professional and very amazing

    Cons

    it is a little high level


  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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  5. "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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "not recommended"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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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.


  7. "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.


  8. "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


  9. "Would not recommend working for the IT department there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The benefits are great, the organization in general is great , the location is amazing, the environment is energetic

    Cons

    IT team is totally stagnant , the management level takes undue advantage of their position and actually violates many HR processes in place to get their way. Very top heavy, no recognition or respect for the developers specially the Integrated reporting team manager who takes undue advantage of his position. Worse professional experience.


  10. "Various positions in supply management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Good working conditions, decent union

    Cons

    Toxic work atmosphere due to weak supervisors

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that actually ARE team leaders


  11. "A 6 dressed up as a 9"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -extended benefits, pro D funds

    Cons

    -hierarchical, bureaucratic
    -full of power politics and unethical, ruthless management who will find all kinds of loopholes in the complicated HR system to get what they want.
    -lack of transparency and ethics
    -low pay
    -its primary concern is business not education or students

    Advice to Management

    take a good look at yourself before you throw your weight around


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