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University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated November 22, 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. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to work and learn

    Cons

    Don't pay well could be better


  2. "Typical Postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Has good professional development programs.
    Really enjoyable Vancouver weather.

    Cons

    Typical academic drama. If you experienced the academic drama in graduate school, you're gonna experience it here.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "Nurse case manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    great co workers, great pay, offices are up to date and equipment new

    Cons

    poor management, production environment, not as patient focused, more numbers focused, employees do not feel valued

    Advice to Management

    train managers, they are usually the reason employees leave or stay in an organization, put together incentive programs


  7. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you can live with the politics, then it can be a great and laid back place to work. But many people have ego's and aren't necessarily promoted for their knowledge or ability to do the job. Many people have been there for way too long and therefore have a sense of entitlement, and work contrary to how things should be done just to secure their own ideals.

    Cons

    There is a lot of politics, but if you can navigate that, you're fine

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times

  8. "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.


  9. "TA / RA"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Good develop and research area"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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