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University of British Columbia Reviews

Updated 14 September, 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 34 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)

  • Quite low pay for some positions (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "UBC postdoc"

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

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

    Pros

    Good facilities, resources, benefits, and it all depends on the lab of course

    Cons

    Well not so much UBC but Vancouver is expensive to live and traffic only gets worse.


  2. "I was a MS student at UBC"

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    Former Employee - MS Student in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - MS Student in Vancouver, BC
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    beautiful campus, city, world's top 40 university and Earth Science program.

    Cons

    Vancouver, especially West Vancouver is a relatively expensive place to live in.


  3. "Great environment, friendly staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Learned quite a lot. Profs are always helpful.

    Cons

    Tuition fee should not increase any more.


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  5. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great campus and atmosphere, the students are lovely to deal with.

    Cons

    Things move slowly here, a lot of politics to deal with in the admin. Pay is much lower than other institutions in a city that is much more expensive to live in than most places.


  6. "Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Vancouver, BC
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits are perfect, friendly multicultural work environment

    Cons

    Short time contracts, no long term job security


  7. "Great company"

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

    Pros

    Great support, beautiful campus, diverse community

    Cons

    Can work long hours in some day


  8. "Huge Employer, lots of job opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Beautiful campus
    Lots of job opportunities

    Cons

    Public transportation into the "island" of UBC can be a bit of a nightmare
    Not many food options on campus


  9. "Chemistry Graduate Student"

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    Former Employee - Chemistry Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Chemistry Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Lots of resources, instrumentation, visiting lecturers, etc. Good public transit to campus.

    Cons

    Some lab space is older or cramped, some lab space is great. Vancouver is very expensive and the stipend is the same as other universities. Department has issue of students taking longer than anticipated for graduation.


  10. "Cushy job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time

    Pros

    Really great place for students. Great pay and they care to give you flexibility in work hours to accomodate your hectic schedule.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be frustrating sometimes, and therefore things take a while to go up the chain. Just know that you are at the bottom of the food chain and it's really hard to do anything between different departments.


  11. "RA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    a nice place to work

    Cons

    too much pressure you would imagine


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