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Updated March 29, 2017
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  • Low salary and lots of paper work to get the work done (in 22 reviews)

  • The stipend that a graduate student is given is not sufficient to cover the cost of living in Vancouver (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good training during my research post-doc fellowship"

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

    Pros

    Very good environment, nice people, world class learning, beautiful city, learned a lot, good experience

    Cons

    Cost of living is high in Vancouver, low salaries, competitive to get in


  2. "A great school, and a great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent library, nearly unlimited research resources, flexible hours. Generally, profs were very willing to provide guidance and advice when it was asked for. The UBC campus and facilities are wonderful.

    Cons

    Next to none, though an increase in hours would have been nice.


  3. "Teaching Assistant - Graduate Student"

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

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

    Pros

    There was great institutional support, and the faculty I worked with were all exceptional and motivated. A great place to expand my teaching skills as a graduate student. Very reasonable expectations.

    Cons

    The only major drawback to this type of job - which is true for all graduate student teaching positions I've come across - is the pay is fairly low compared to the expense of living in Vancouver

    Advice to Management

    Keep on with the good work. Best place to be a TA that I've been, although I have heard other departments do not always have the same exceptional support that my department had.


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  5. "Center for Molecular Medicine Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Very positive and supportive work environment.
    - Given lots of time to learn new things while on the job.
    - UBC is a massive institution so having some knowledge of the PI you will be working with will make a big difference in your experience.
    - Really smart post-docs who have a lot of insight to share

    Cons

    - Familiarity with new types of technology and the pace of development could sometimes be a little slower than industry -- but to be expected as it is research.


  6. "Good develop and research area"

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

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

    Pros

    Good develop and research area with pretty free environment.

    Cons

    The salary is not so high as the companies in America


  7. "Nice people, good experience overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The administration is friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    The salary as a graduate student is slightly low given how expensive housing is in the Vancouver area.


  8. "Grad Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunities to help pay for tuition.

    Cons

    Hours were limited to 20 a week.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  9. "One of the best university in North America"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A university treats her students very well. Located in a very beautiful city. Very excellent dorms. Close to Seattle, so you can have many opportunities to do intern in big companies.

    Cons

    Hard to a job in Vancouver to match its real estate price. Rainy.


  10. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time

    Pros

    good benefits, easy work, good support

    Cons

    low pay for undergrad working as TA


  11. "Excellent experience."

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very competitive pay, with excellent resources available for any direction your research may take you. They offer a very wide variety of research areas, and are at (or very near) the top of the field with many cutting edge technologies. The professors who run the labs are extremely competent. They help to give your project direction, as well as allowing you the freedom to take your project in a whole new direction.

    Cons

    Not many. Only thing that comes to mind, is the lack of encouragement while the professors are on sabbatical, but I guess that isn't the Universities fault as much as it is my timing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.



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