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Updated 15 June, 2018
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University of British Columbia President and Vice-Chancellor Arvind Gupta
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is pretty great" (in 41 reviews)

  • "Obviously, if you're a student, you're probably well acquainted with how beautiful campus can be on a sunny day" (in 78 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low salary and some times hard to have a good job-life balance since there is no fixed schedule you are expected to work even weekends" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Living in Vancouver is expensive" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "UBC Baseball Operation Staff"

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    Current Employee - UBC Baseball Operation Staff
    Current Employee - UBC Baseball Operation Staff
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people who are very willing to teach you things.

    Great team effort.

    Cons

    Too overwhelming to learn at first.


  2. "Overall a great experience"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, tuition vouchers, beautiful campus, good pay

    Cons

    None so far, experience most likely varies individually by department, research group, etc

    Seems to be a lack of employee grievances and union issues compared to other universities

    Commute can be tough depending where you live, long & crowded bus rides

  3. "student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    superb place to work with awesome environment

    Cons

    no cons for this place, ubc is the best


  4. "Research Technician III"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    stable, challenging, good work environment, learning new skills, and good pay

    Cons

    work comes home with you, working all the time, high expectations


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fine place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Often flexible schedule for salaried positions, good pension, benefits, decent salary,

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic, slow, overly administrative, good leadership hard to find, hard to move up,


  6. "Full time student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Student in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot here.

    Cons

    Lots of assignments and projects.


  7. "Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Intellectually rewarding, great teaching, great campus

    Cons

    limited networking recourses, high costs of living

  8. "Great spot, but expensive for Ph.D."

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    Former Employee - Ph D Student in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Ph D Student in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus, Lots of Lab Space, supportive administration, supportive staff, healthcare

    Cons

    Low pay for expensive city


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Nice relaxed environment"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, relaxed work environment, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Salary is way too low compared to the living expenses.


  10. "Senior Program Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits - Team environment - Workshops

    Cons

    Distance - Difficult to apply for other positions


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