University of British Columbia

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University of British Columbia Reviews in Canada

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
182 Reviews
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Pros
  • Excellent co-workers; good benefits; excellent location; beautiful campus; good career opportunities (in 21 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.  

    great place to work

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great environment
    beautiful campus
    nice facilities and new buildings
    generally nice people on the campus
    readily accessible by transit

    Cons

    students can get annoying
    it rains a lot in vancouver
    the campus is relatively big so getting around is tedious at times
    constant construction on the campus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Do your research!

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    Great city and great institute. World Class facilities and some of the smartest minds in Canada.

    Cons

    Like any postdoc, make sure you do your research and don't just pick a lab for the science, but for the overall lab environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many layers of management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very friendly and supportive co-workers, but limited by bureaucracy.

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly, health-oriented work environment with great co-workers. I am proud to be working on something that will benefit the general public, and there is great flexibility for hours. Pay is stable and relatively good for Vancouver.

    Cons

    There are definitely some challenges in getting things done on-time in a big organization, and this is particularly true for UBC. It's particularly frustrating to be forced to use old technology when newer (and cheaper) alternatives are available... but the need for security trumps usability and timelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The technology needs to be streamlined throughout the University for ease-of-use, and then the University needs to invest in rapid deployment of updated architectures on a regular basis (ie. bi-annually). For example, I am forced to use a Windows XP machine for my job, which was unable to run the latest versions of a lot of the software I needed. I am stuck using old versions of software, or using very creative work-arounds for getting newer versions installed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    UBC

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus
    Gorgeous city
    Vibrant and liberal atmosphere

    Cons

    Lots of rain in the winter

  6.  

    Great place!

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, lots of room for learning

    Cons

    Red tape can be bad at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to add

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work. Co-workers are friendly and opportunities for growth and development are abundant!

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    Current Employee - Special Projects Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Special Projects Coordinator in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at University of British Columbia as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    - campus is beautiful
    - benefits are awesome
    - compensation is good
    - casual atmosphere with flexibility

    Cons

    - each faculty/department does things a little differently - lack of consistency across the board
    - many employees that have been around a long time making some interactions more complicated than needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience lots of opportunity to learn

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience lots of opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Limited budget and sometimes the work environment was a little unsafe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good opportunity to learn

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    Continuous learning opportunities - formal and informal such as instructional skills, management development and structured networking opportunities with professional staff. Very flexible, family-friendly approach and policies

    Cons

    As a publicly funded university, the salaries are not the best, particularly for non-academic or beginning academic staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider transitioning out some of the administrative staff who have been there for 30 years or so without re-skilling significantly. It would help UBC grow at the pace it hopes to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Working as a PhD research and teaching assistant at UBC

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    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 (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
  11.  

    Relaxing place to work

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    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 (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

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