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Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. "Teaching Assistant"

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and helpful colleagues

    Cons

    limited opportunities for graduate students.


  2. "Need to Pay Grad students more"

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great city, if you have a nice professor then great work environment, one of the top institutions for environmental fields

    Cons

    work all depends on your professor, lack of exit options outside of academia


  3. "Great place to work"

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    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, excellent people, beautiful campus

    Cons

    Low pay but such is Vancouver


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  5. "PhD student"

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    Pros

    Very nice campus, high quality education

    Cons

    The RA salary is much lower than many universities and living in Vancouver is expensive.


  6. "Great place to work depending on department..."

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    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Good food. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Hard to say what your experience will be like as each department has different work ethic/managers.


  7. "Large University"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    UBC is an incredibly large institution, which allows them to do some amazing work. Pay and benefits are very good as well.

    Cons

    The flip side of the above is that bureaucracy & stagnation (in certain areas) seem like an ingrained part of the organization.


  8. "Good pay, but it's more than the money"

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    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits, good 401k match

    Cons

    Not much structure for personal growth or development

    Advice to Management

    Need to continue to hire lower level employees. When you promote everybody, the position in the hierarchy doesn't actually change


  9. "I was a graduate student at the University of British Columbia for nearly 7 years and it was a great esprience."

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    Pros

    Working in a laboratory as a student is very time consuming and research can be frustrating. What I found at UBC
    was a fantastic network of friends that made working hard enjoyable.

    Cons

    I found the University very welcoming but at times, our building experienced multiple technical troubles that became frustrating since it continuously interfered with experiments.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any comments for the Management, except that I am aware that they are always trying to perform at a high level and solve problems associated with running a University.


  10. "overall good"

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    Pros

    benefits
    location
    diversity of experience
    work life balance
    training

    Cons

    hard to move up
    golden handcuffs - people stay there for the benefits, not the job


  11. "Great colleagues, overall nice place to work"

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours for contract position (dependent on department).
    Great employees, staff and students.

    Cons

    Top-down style can be challenging to work with, as it takes longer to wait for a result and get work done.


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