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Updated 22 November, 2017
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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 36 reviews)

  • laid back, intellectual, beautiful campus (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary and lots of paper work to get the work done (in 23 reviews)

  • Cost of living in Vancouver is outrageous (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Researcher in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    The campus is in a great location and has good facilities for science research. Good place to gain a diverse set of skills for future career.

    Cons

    Housing is expensive in Vancouver.
    Little communication between research groups or cross faculty in my experience.

    Advice to Management

    Unrealistic expectations. Too slow. Generally very little to no appreciation for human resources.


  2. "Graduate Research Assistantship"

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    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 research opportunity
    Excellent supervisor and amazing research groups.
    Ended up learning a lot from peers. Teaching Assistant work also helps in learning a lot apart from helping with finances.

    Cons

    The research assistant ship paid, just covers the basic expenses. In order to have disposable income and for personal savings, GRAs generally do teaching assistant works. Also there is scope of improvement in courses provided

    Advice to Management

    Please look into the courses provided. There should be more relevant courses offered at masters level. Also surveys should be conducted among masters students to understand if they are happy with their compensation. Finally, all research students should get office spaces in first year itself.


  3. "development manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    work on diverse range of projects

    Cons

    challenging environment with many stakeholders


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  5. "Fund raiser"

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    Former Employee - Student Fundraiser in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Student Fundraiser in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The environment is very nice. you get to talk to ubc alumni

    Cons

    you have to work for long shifts and even during weekend.


  6. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, cushion job before real employment.

    Cons

    Low pay, high cost of living.


  7. "One year postdoctoral research associate"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good employer. Lots of support services for new employees arrived from overseas

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. However, this is research group dependent


  8. "Graduate student in chemistry"

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

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    - Many opportunities to get an insight into other research areas
    - A lot of different facilities to work in
    - Many different research opportunities
    - As an international student your student fees are being lowered through scholarships (that are only for international students)

    Cons

    - The lab equipment is incredibly old in some labs (water aspirators are very common, rotavaps are not in fumehoods)
    - compared to other departments the pay is low and you have to work as a TA in addition, whereas you earn the same in other departments without TAing


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Supportive work environment, meaningful work

    Cons

    Long hours, not enough employee to handle workload

    Advice to Management

    Better management of tasks, need more employees for amount of work


  10. "Research Associate Role"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    The campus is in a great location and has good facilities for science research.
    Good benefits if your job has them.

    Cons

    Housing is expensive in Vancouver of course.
    Little communication between research groups or cross faculty in my experience.


  11. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time

    Pros

    I loved working as a Teaching Assistant at UBC. The professors were super friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Being assigned a course sometimes took a while. But makes sense given the number of courses to coordinate and interested students.


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