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University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated March 28, 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. "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.


  2. "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


  3. "Center for Molecular Medicine Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


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  5. "Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very professional and very amazing

    Cons

    it is a little high level


  6. "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.


  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. "Grad Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice campus and beautiful nature. Experience will highly depend on the supervisor

    Cons

    depending on the supervisors, you might have to do things unrelated to your degree


  9. "Alumni relations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation allowance

    Cons

    No recognition from managers
    Long hours with no lieu
    Poor management - don't care about employees progression and growth
    No succession planning


  10. "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


  11. "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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