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University of British Columbia Reviews in Canada

Updated 25 August, 2014
Updated 25 August, 2014
171 Reviews

3.7
171 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people to work with and UBC is situated on a beautiful campus (in 19 reviews)

  • Support employee development, provide good benefits and lot of opportunities (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Salary is not enough to sustain in an expensive city like Vancouver (in 6 reviews)

  • Salary isn't quite great, as a similar position in government or private sector is paid around (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working as a PhD research and teaching assistant at UBC

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lots of opportunities for personal and professional growth
    Wonderful place to build a network
    Varieties of options to learn new professional skills
    A good start point for career in teaching and research

    Cons

    Low paid jobs.
    Being over-qualified for most of available jobs in BC.
    Hard to create boundary between research work and life.
    Challenge of defining the tasks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Providing opportunities for more internship for graduate students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Relaxing place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Very slow progress, but such is research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great work-study position for students!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Staff  in  Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Operations Staff in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at University of British Columbia part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Chill job, good schedule, freedom, and you get to see famous hockey players all the time!

    Cons

    If you work over 12 hours a week your pay decreases to 12/hr.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    People were nice, helpful, and enjoyable work place

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    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT  in  Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Flexible work load, and nice people.
    it is definitely a place where I would go back if I have chance.

    Cons

    There's no cons at this workplace for sure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    UBC IT - Management sees no failures, hears no failures and speaks no failures, but are bound for failure

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer

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

    Pros

    - Great salary, benefits, pension and vacation package
    - Those who work on the ground are great to work with. They are willing to help and are knowledgeable
    - Relatively slower pace than the private sector, so tends to have better work-life balance (depends on department)

    Cons

    With the recent focus on 3rd party systems rather than in-house development, things have changed for the worst:
    - Management only sees vendors' marketing spin and ignores their own teams' findings
    - There is no communication between those who do and those who manage. This is because management refuses to listen and removes those who do not conform
    - Unrealistic project timelines that do not take into account estimates of those who do the work. Because of this, quality suffers and people are stressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please remove your new style of command and control management. Listen to those who are on the front lines and see with your own eyes what's happening. If you continue down this path, you will only realize the painful errors you're making several years down the road. That's when you'll realize it's too late to turn back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    It is great everywhere else on campus, except in UBC IT.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Excellent work-life balance
    - Excellent benefits
    - Professional and respectful work environment across the campus.
    - Competitive salary, within the public sector

    Cons

    - Upper management are delusional, they think front line employees are the problem. As evidenced by the wasteful money on "Effective Communication" workshop, masked as Career Framework training, during organizational transformation.
    - Unless you can be represented by a number, you can work your butt off and no one will notice.
    - Employees are treated like a cog in a giant Lego machine. Everything is NOT awesome.
    - Too much management, especially remote Senior Management with limited exposure to different ways of doing things.
    - Incompetent management lacking any vision. They are all order takers. The more, the quicker they move up.
    - A mountain of internal processes that reduces workflow efficiency to a crawl.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Break out of your by the book management style. PMP works great when you are building a house. Not so great with IT systems. Not every system is the same, no matter how many times you have done it. ITIL best practices are great, when you correctly applied what you need. When ITIL processes become operational roadblocks, you have a problem. KPI and metrics are great, but so are liars and numbers manipulators, they are great at telling you what you want to hear.

    - Ditch your command and control management style. Respects are earned, not by job titles or salary grades. Problems can be fixed/solved much faster if they do not have to traverse the endless tree to the top. Your employees are all expertise in their areas, why restrict their ability to make expert decisions? You pay for their experience and expertise, yet you put roadblocks in front of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Great university with beautiful campus and comfortable working environment

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    office culture is good, time is flexible

    Cons

    Construction is always on site, need proper planning so that it won't affect the students' experience. Also, guest parking plots are limited, cannot find a place even with visitor parking slips.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A better construction plan is needed. Always treat student's working and studying environment as the first priority.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    World-class research

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It was excellent to work with top-notch scientists under well-funded environment. I worked there also in 2002-2004 and the facility has upgraded significantly since then, and the access to facility has improved a lot.

    Cons

    Not any cons that I can think of at the moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The chemical storage in the department of chemistry could be in ventilated cupboards instead on shelves. Chemicals were in separated and ventilated cupboards in 4 other institutions in three different countries I have worked in.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work, good people to work with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic, great pension, extended health and dental, and flexible working hours. Working a 9 day fort night is still an option at this company in this position!

    Cons

    the pay is disappointing, but they attempt to make up for it with their benefits. Still, it is hard to live on their salary.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Beautiful Environment, Good work hours and benefits

    Cons

    Work can get really tedious at times

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