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Updated 15 February, 2018
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University of British Columbia President and Vice-Chancellor Arvind Gupta
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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 38 reviews)

  • Great Atmosphere and Beautiful Campus (in 73 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary for the duties attributed to the position (in 27 reviews)

  • Cost of living in Vancouver is untenable on a base graduate student salary (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Work Learn job"

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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 part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Staff cares about students, genuine interest in training you, relaxed office culture, high pay, work on campus

    Cons

    Minimum 10hrs/week, doesn't always relate to what you study


  2. "Facility Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work at and friendly people

    Cons

    As a student its hard to work a lot and continue studies

    Advice to Management

    Not much


  3. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 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

    Good campus, helpful staffs and professors here for research.

    Cons

    Low salary, high living costs. NO FREE PARKING!


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  5. "UBC TACS volunteer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - UBC TACS Volunteer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - UBC TACS Volunteer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helping low-middle class people, creates satisfaction

    Cons

    Nothing much! They are student-friendly

    Advice to Management

    NO


  6. "Arts Peer Advisor"

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

    Pros

    Nice people, rewarding job and great impact

    Cons

    Limited career advancement, shift work


  7. "Materials Department Laboratory Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Very easy to work with a fantastic team that are very knowledgable in their field

    Cons

    As expected, pay for summer students is sub par

    Advice to Management

    Not applicable for this position.


  8. "Student assistant review"

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    Current Employee - Work Learn Student
    Current Employee - Work Learn Student
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Very inclusive environment
    - Friendly colleagues

    Cons

    - Low autonomy over work, lots of procedures to follow
    - Slow change in the work environment, not much innovation


  9. "UBC Risk Management Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Occupational Health and Safety Officer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Occupational Health and Safety Officer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, knowledgeable, experienced. Working in a top class university also provide you areas to various focus of the field

    Cons

    Buricacucy for sure, sometimes you know you are not doing the best/right thing but you cannot change it due to its a large system


  10. "Retired Principal"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retired Principal in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Retired Principal 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

    UBC is an excellent university and has a high ranking world wide.

    Cons

    Overall I do not have any concerns with UBC.


  11. "Athletics and Recreation - Student Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Easy, fun place to work part-time while studying.

    Cons

    Weekly cap on hours worked.


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