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Updated 11 December, 2018
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  • "Low salary compared to skills required but still good opportunity" (in 31 reviews)

  • "Living in Vancouver is expensive" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "thumbs up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    salary, benefits, and flexible schedule

    Cons

    bureaucracy, and not much room for advancement


  2. "Exciting research experience and good living environment"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Abundant research resource and very good environment

    Cons

    Less industry job opportunity and high living expense

    Advice to Management

    the payment should be higher for graduate students

  3. "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, state of the art facility

    Cons

    Expensive place to live/settle. Salaries are not proportional to the high cost of living.


  4. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good service and nice people

    Cons

    time is not good as limited


  5. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Part of your graduate stipend comes from TA.
    Generally easier than your own research work
    Depends on courses your are doing, some labs are very easy to teach and no preparation needed

    Cons

    -Teaching first years could be annoying
    -Some courses require more time to demonstrate/preparation


  6. "Masters program at UBC"

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

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

    Pros

    High-tech facilities, strong faculties

    Cons

    Small ML lab, number of students interested in ML research is more than the department's capacity

    Advice to Management

    Increasing number of ML faculties


  7. "Lifeguard and Swim instructor"

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    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Vancouver, BC
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and nice people.

    Cons

    Not very high paying compared to city pools.

    Advice to Management

    Stay more on top of the maintenance of facilities in the pool.

  8. "Don't stall your degree"

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    Former Employee - PhD Candidate in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - PhD Candidate in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stipend is enough to live, don't expect to have savings if you pay rent. UBC has a lot of resources and equipment to conduct your research, should be valuable experience to your next employer.

    Cons

    Funding extensions can be tough depending on your supervisor. I worked without a stipend for the last 8 months of my PhD program. Try to finish on time or early if you can.


  9. "Graduate"

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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 and interesting work as a grad student

    Cons

    You need to keep a tab on your hours of Teaching Assistant duties, the faculty don't do this and often grad students work way too much overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Foster more of a sense of community in the department


  10. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. A lot of people from diverse backgrounds. Great community.

    Cons

    Long hours and often at peak hours transit to and from UBC is very busy