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University of British Columbia Reviews in Canada

Updated 23 November 2014
Updated 23 November 2014
186 Reviews
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186 Reviews
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Pros
  • Excellent co-workers; good benefits; excellent location; beautiful campus; good career opportunities (in 22 reviews)

  • Relatively slower pace than the private sector, so tends to have better work-life balance (depends on department) (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Salary is not enough to sustain in an expensive city like Vancouver (in 6 reviews)

  • Too many students can sometimes bog down the work environment (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Highly positive experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very supportive and positive working environment with strong leadership and bold agenda.

    Cons

    Excellent work-life balance, staff encouraged to take time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to find subsequent / other opportunities for promising staff.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Best place to work as a Temp!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administration, Various Positions
    Former Employee - Administration, Various Positions

    I worked at University of British Columbia full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Being an employee of Staff Finders is like having a full-time permanent job at the University. Temps receive full benefits and educational support. Assignments are back to back if you want them to be. Staff are supportive. Management allows you to learn and own your positions duties and are their to support. Centralized systems make it easy to pick-up and run with any position. My assignments were 95% perfect! Great campus. Amazing views.

    Cons

    I wish I was still working at UBC but I moved provinces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent job. Thank you for the experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good opportunities for the well-connected

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Compensation is decent with alright benefits.

    Cons

    The management is sometimes over-worked and disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what middle management needs.

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  5.  

    Do your research!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great city and great institute. World Class facilities and some of the smartest minds in Canada.

    Cons

    Like any postdoc, make sure you do your research and don't just pick a lab for the science, but for the overall lab environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many layers of management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great environment
    beautiful campus
    nice facilities and new buildings
    generally nice people on the campus
    readily accessible by transit

    Cons

    students can get annoying
    it rains a lot in vancouver
    the campus is relatively big so getting around is tedious at times
    constant construction on the campus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    the Union Job it is!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Finance Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    NO overtime work, salary was non negotiable

    Cons

    Your work is entirely depending on who your supervisor is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very friendly and supportive co-workers, but limited by bureaucracy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very friendly, health-oriented work environment with great co-workers. I am proud to be working on something that will benefit the general public, and there is great flexibility for hours. Pay is stable and relatively good for Vancouver.

    Cons

    There are definitely some challenges in getting things done on-time in a big organization, and this is particularly true for UBC. It's particularly frustrating to be forced to use old technology when newer (and cheaper) alternatives are available... but the need for security trumps usability and timelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The technology needs to be streamlined throughout the University for ease-of-use, and then the University needs to invest in rapid deployment of updated architectures on a regular basis (ie. bi-annually). For example, I am forced to use a Windows XP machine for my job, which was unable to run the latest versions of a lot of the software I needed. I am stuck using old versions of software, or using very creative work-arounds for getting newer versions installed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    UBC

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus
    Gorgeous city
    Vibrant and liberal atmosphere

    Cons

    Lots of rain in the winter

  10.  

    Great place!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, lots of room for learning

    Cons

    Red tape can be bad at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to add

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to work. Co-workers are friendly and opportunities for growth and development are abundant!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Projects Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Special Projects Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of British Columbia as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    - campus is beautiful
    - benefits are awesome
    - compensation is good
    - casual atmosphere with flexibility

    Cons

    - each faculty/department does things a little differently - lack of consistency across the board
    - many employees that have been around a long time making some interactions more complicated than needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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