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Updated December 10, 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. "OK for Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Former Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Recommends

    I worked at University of British Columbia as a contractor

    Pros

    (My review based on less than 1 year of employment)

    Because of the graduate TA union, the contract including aspects like work hours, expectations, and stipends, are transparent.

    As a graduate teaching assistant, I was contracted to work 12 hours per week, 3 of those hours were from attending the class, so there were really only a maximum of 4 hours of outside classwork required. I also went over how many hours would be devoted to which tasks with the professor of the course and we both signed the contract.

    Cons

    TA stipend was low and could not be the primary source of funding to live in Vancouver.

    Advice to Management

    Increase TA stipend and/or waive graduate student tuition in order to make it affordable to live in Vancouver.


  2. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and helpful colleagues

    Cons

    limited opportunities for graduate students.

  3. "Need to Pay Grad students more"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    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


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, excellent people, beautiful campus

    Cons

    Low pay but such is Vancouver


  5. "PhD student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very nice campus, high quality education

    Cons

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


  6. "TA / RA"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Assistant in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Department is overall good. It has basically 4 areas - thermal, fluid, materials and controls. Professor are worthy.

    Cons

    Very very less payment. You will spend almost all your salary in Akron. Getting TA/RA position is really tough due to lots of application.

    Advice to Management

    (1) I suggest management to increase salary, solve problem in parking, get good professor who are able to collect fund.


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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  8. "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.


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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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


  10. "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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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


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