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University of British Columbia Reviews in Canada

Updated 1 March, 2015
Updated 1 March, 2015
192 Reviews
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Pros
  • Excellent co-workers; good benefits; excellent location; beautiful campus; good career opportunities (in 22 reviews)

  • Relatively slower pace than the private sector, so tends to have better work-life balance (depends on department) (in 9 reviews)


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

  • Too many students can sometimes bog down the work environment (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Good benefits, stable position, nice locatiion

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is sometimes hard to deal with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    student caller

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    relaxed and laid back work atmosphere, everyone in the office is nice.
    Music is blasted most of the shift and everyone talks to each other, 90% of calls are no answer.

    Cons

    boring and often talk to rude people who will just yell or rant. Mainly education alumni who graduated a while ago

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to stay as a postdoctoral research fellow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Great research environment with excellent opportunities as a PDF. Easy access to many interdisciplinary institutions. Good for short term (1-2 years) PDF position. Payment ok. Probably one of the best locations an university campus can have. Flexible work hours (which depends more on the supervisor than UBC itself)

    Cons

    No appropriate cafeteria on campus that offers affordable food and place to sit for a bigger group. Only the common fast food brands and some local cafes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Good place to work and do research.

    Cons

    Vancouver can be quite expensive to stay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent biology program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Excellent Principle Investigators and a wide variety of projects to choose from.

    Cons

    Not a great work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good People

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    Former Employee - Video Production in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Video Production in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Flexible schedules and lots to learn from supervisors.

    Cons

    At times hard to balance, but that's pretty rare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Great work environment, depends largely on the primary investigator.

    Cons

    Not much cons, pay isn't the best (research assistants do not get paid much I guess)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to learn and gain experience in academic work!

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    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at University of British Columbia as a contractor

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful, med benefits/vacation/sick days are good. Lots of Pro-D opportunities (compensated up to a certain amount). Lots of autonomy and learning opportunities.

    Things like work environment, culture, etc. depend on the team that you work with. The team I worked with was very generous and laid-back about vacation time and extended leaves (for things like travelling)

    Cons

    As with most research positions that are grant-funded, the job security isn't the greatest. Your position is dependent on the availability of funds.

    Research teams are run by members of the academic community who really establish the culture of an office. There isn't really a system in place to provide feedback to the heads of these teams. More senior members of the university don't appear to have much to do with reviewing the performance of these people. Especially in small teams (a lot of them) it is hard to find a way to discuss issues or provide feedback in a safe way. i.e. there aren't enough people in the office for someone to be an impartial mediator as everyone knows everyone else quite well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish better system for feedback.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    Startup responsibilities, get to work on everything

    Cons

    Everything is experimental and may not make it to production

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It depends on your supervisor.

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Time flexible if you can complete your tasks, both experiments and paper writing, on time. Good to have beautiful scenes around you in summer.

    Cons

    Pay is low, sometime really stressed.

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