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Updated January 9, 2017
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  1. "Nurse case manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    great co workers, great pay, offices are up to date and equipment new

    Cons

    poor management, production environment, not as patient focused, more numbers focused, employees do not feel valued

    Advice to Management

    train managers, they are usually the reason employees leave or stay in an organization, put together incentive programs


  2. "Alumni relations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation allowance

    Cons

    No recognition from managers
    Long hours with no lieu
    Poor management - don't care about employees progression and growth
    No succession planning


  3. "Little mentorship, okay pay"

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    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. "Graduate research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cozy place, beautiful campus, nice summer...

    Cons

    Small amount of payment, nothing much can do with career.


  6. "Research Related Area"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Nice buildings and environment. Can be improved with relationships among people by skills training, minds with others in mind, and equity review.

    Cons

    Rarely would people care for one, especially management, and treated like short of dirt or a bridge, or like fresh out from high school or alien. Salary was like treatment, particularly for a group.

    Advice to Management

    Get eyes off more money, power. and other issues, for those who work the b's at the bottom.


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    "Overly hierarchical, treats unions and faculty like crap"

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

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

    Pros

    Ok benefits, if you can get them. If you're an admin and you've been there a long time, good vacation.

    Cons

    I've seen multiple sides of UBC through my family, and: No respect for unions. None. And -- no surprise -- no respect for workers. If you're a temporary worker, good luck getting hired on permanently, and they're very good at screwing you over to keep you without benefits and in crappy jobs for as long as possible. If you're a permanent employee, count on working forever without a contract and for years at a time with no increase or bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Professors are professionals. Why have they been working with contracts for nearly a decade? Why do you sit on their bonuses and promotion increases for years at a time, then not pay interest? And for your temp agency -- maybe thinking about giving the workers a chance to say "this assignment is crappy and I don't want to extend here, especially when you're extending me right up until two weeks before the holidays when no one else will hire me and it'll be a month before I have another job." No, it's just "You're extended!" Isn't that great? No, in most of the jobs, it's not. And it's not cool to screw the little guy out of two stats and benefits for another month, and I guarantee the couple of hundred dollars back to your bottom line doesn't change much. And, back to the faculty, it's not cool to screw your professors out of salary increases for years at a time. It's a wonder you still have faculty. Not to mention that if one single disgruntled student accuses a prof of anything, the Faculty will immediately put out a press release accusing the prof of harassment without investigation. (In some cases, the accusations are true, but the university will accuse the prof in public before figuring out whether it's true or not, because that's how the current administration -- especially in Arts -- works.) Maybe fix that...just saying.


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    "Excellent Benefits, but Static Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - excellent benefits: dental and extended medical are some of the best benefits that myself or medical practitioners usually see
    - good job security: unionized so very secure
    - excellent vacation and pension plan

    Cons

    - honestly, experience will vary so widely depending on position and department - I've had both an amazing UBC manager and a horrible one
    - unionized structure makes it incredibly difficult to move career forward (in order to apply for a new position you need to go through the complete application process. You receive an elevated application status if you are applying to a job in the same union as you are currently in, but moving to a different union is like starting at square one)
    - I currently am at the higher end of my union, so to move up in my career I either need to leave UBC or apply to another union which is an uphill process
    - very bureaucratic and lots of red tape
    - certain individuals and departments enjoy the hierarchical nature of the university, which can be frustrating as admin support (lots of inflated egos)
    - very static environment (due to both the red tape, and due to the nature of working in a school [very cyclical and focused on the same procedures and events every year])
    - lower wage than one would make in similar positions outside UBC (although made up for largely with benefits)

    Advice to Management

    I would advise a way to promote employees from within. It's an incredibly hard environment to move up in, although thankfully the tuition credits and professional development funds help so much to improve your resume when looking to move up in your career.


  9. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get paid while studying.

    Cons

    A lot of hours are commitment to markings/tutorials while the pay is not very significant.


  10. "lifestyle employment"

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    Pros

    positive environment and lots of 'soft' benefits

    Cons

    very little accountability to work towards to a collective goal - as the goal isn't clear across departments, faculties, or the institution.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to a tangible collective goal and ensure all efforts support achievement of that goal.


  11. "Research Assitant ECE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive environment if you have a good supervisor
    Medium pay
    Beautiful Campus: Main Mall, Rose garden, Museums
    Ping pong and football table

    Cons

    Difficult thesis Defense (very high expectations in camparison with other schools)
    low number of female co-worker
    There is a graduate student lunge but No Water cooler or heater!
    Most labs don't have windows which makes them depressing over time
    Renting a place close to campus is expensive

    Advice to Management

    Change the policy for Master defence so it would be easier



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