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Updated May 22, 2017
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University of British Columbia President and Vice-Chancellor Arvind Gupta
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  1. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot from TA-ing a class whether you have taken the course before or not, work on campus, meet tons of great coworkers

    Cons

    A lot of work during exam time / end of term projects especially since you have your own exams to deal with


  2. "Financial Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Financial Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Financial Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large institution with many job opportunities

    Cons

    extremely bureaucratic, important information is never as easy to find and often conflicts in various locations, unclear reporting structure, Low end of the pay scale


  3. "Lifeguard"

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    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good sense of community and great work environment.

    Cons

    I really enjoy working here


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  5. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    Good for R&D, opportunities to learn stuff and build resume. Flexible work.

    Cons

    Low pay, contract work. Work contracts can vary widely, not permanent. Quite low pay for some positions. Also, heavily dependent on supervisors, department you work at.


  6. "Teaching Assistant"

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Work load depends on the professor.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and consistent expectation between students and professor.


  7. "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.


  8. "Great work experience"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fair pay and interesting work.

    Cons

    Contract work is hard to anticipate and count on.


  9. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research/Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research/Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. You can learn a lot from talented peers.
    2. Supervisors are really helpful when you need them.
    3. The University provide family housing with reasonable price.

    Cons

    1. There are constructions all over the places, which makes the working environment not enjoyable.
    2. Too much turnover on the top management team. Hopefully, the new president will make it more sustainable.
    3. Compensation/salary is only OK given the living cost in Vancouver.

    Advice to Management

    Put more perspectives on how to retain talented people and management team. Also, try to find more ways to get funding and increase the salary for faculty and graduate students.


  10. "acceptable"

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time

    Pros

    only work 10 h maximum/week

    Cons

    more work at exam period


  11. "Program Assistant, faculty of medicine"

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, nice supervisor, my own office, great benefits even for a part-timer

    Cons

    Boring work, salary not really as high as working downtown

    Advice to Management

    Vary job duties a little more. Offer perks.


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