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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. "Graduate Studies: Department of Psychology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generally friendly atmosphere, beautiful location

    Cons

    No career training for anything outside of academia, very little money for grad students.


  2. "Average experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good freedom. Good atmosphere. Nice people. Good facilities. Good access. Lot of people around. I like this place overall with less pressure and more free time.

    Cons

    The salary is not par to the level of cost of living especially in a metro like vancouver where the living expense such as rent and transit is always getting costlier.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to be more eager to get feedback from the employees and have a very active monitoring and maintenance team to take care of the well being of the employee especially the workspace safety and comfort.

  3. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The University of British Columbia has excellent benefits for staff members, beautiful location

    Cons

    Lack of training for professors who supervise staff


  4. "Great co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Finance Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Finance Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers, decent pay

    Cons

    non-flexible hours and advancing opportunities are lacking

    Advice to Management

    some what rigid management style


  5. "Extensive experience in higher education management"

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    Current Employee - Learning Initiatives Coordinator
    Current Employee - Learning Initiatives Coordinator
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to start projects and initiatives; diverse workplace; collaborative working environment

    Cons

    It is such a large organization so it's hard to be connected with others; jobs need more clarity in terms of scope

    Advice to Management

    jobs needs more clarity in terms of scope


  6. "GRA review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Easy going and flexible. Very friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Nothing major, work can be a bit overwhelming at times, however, it remains manageable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. "Research Assistant at ECE Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salary (comparing to other schools)
    Annual GSI Award ranging from 5000 to 10000
    Well-Equipped Laboratory

    Cons

    High-Pressure work, Especially at the begining

  8. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The campus is in a great location and has good facilities for science research. Good place to gain a diverse set of skills for future career.

    Cons

    Housing is expensive in Vancouver.
    Little communication between research groups or cross faculty in my experience.

    Advice to Management

    Unrealistic expectations. Too slow. Generally very little to no appreciation for human resources.


  9. "Graduate Research Assistantship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great research opportunity
    Excellent supervisor and amazing research groups.
    Ended up learning a lot from peers. Teaching Assistant work also helps in learning a lot apart from helping with finances.

    Cons

    The research assistant ship paid, just covers the basic expenses. In order to have disposable income and for personal savings, GRAs generally do teaching assistant works. Also there is scope of improvement in courses provided

    Advice to Management

    Please look into the courses provided. There should be more relevant courses offered at masters level. Also surveys should be conducted among masters students to understand if they are happy with their compensation. Finally, all research students should get office spaces in first year itself.


  10. "Graduate Reseracher"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -Great place for resources and receiving other help.

    Cons

    -Lacks team-building opportunities with other laboratories.


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