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Updated 20 August, 2018
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  • "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. "Great TA experience!"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good pay; not too much work; professors and students were nice

    Cons

    None. I encourage students to apply for part-time TA positions


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible, interesting work, able to achieve good work/life balance

    Cons

    Understanding your career trajectory can be difficult

  3. "Animal Care Technician"

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    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was good, lots of benefits, decent amount of time off. The manager was very laid back and kind. Lots of additional training opportunities.

    Cons

    Working for such a big university can feel very impersonal.


  4. "Graduate Academic Assistant - UBC OSOT"

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    Former Employee - -- Select One -- in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - -- Select One -- in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The department size is perfect and the department manager while I was there is extremely good at her job. She ensures that staff morale is up and productive.

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth opportunities internally given that it is a small department. Some tasks may appear mundane at times and repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Management should ensure that faculty do not overstep their boundaries by requesting unreasonable tasks from staff.


  5. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It had good lab facilities.

    Cons

    the salary was low compared to the load of work.


  6. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge equipments and reagents.

    Cons

    Sometimes a laidback work environment.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time

    Pros

    Volunteers and staff are very friendly

    Cons

    Not a lot of supervision. Work alone, no one to ask questions to.

  8. "great work place"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    beautiful environment and amazing place to live

    Cons

    Vancouver is too expensive to afford a living


  9. "Great University"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Scenic campus, good salary and job prospects

    Cons

    This is an expensive city to live in.


  10. "Overall good employer"

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    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at University of British Columbia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits; great location in Vancouver

    Cons

    Stayed organizational culture; slow to change


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