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Updated 15 January 2015
Updated 15 January 2015
191 Reviews
3.8
191 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.  

    Worked at the IAR as a Work Learn student.

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Because it was part of the work learn program at UBC, they gave flexible hours and it was a good work-life balance. Was very understanding when I had to take time off for exams.

    Cons

    Not much in terms of benefits or perks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Assistant
    Former Employee - Communications Assistant

    I worked at University of British Columbia as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual place to work when work-study. Everyone knows what they're doing. Great benefits. Very nice individuals.

    Cons

    I would probably say that one con is that it can be difficult to find permanent jobs. Many postings are temporary or contract.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great community, good benefits, opportunities for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for staff. Wages are low compared to the private sector, but the benefits are excellent and worthwhile for long-term staff. I always enjoyed working with other staff, both in my own department and in others. There is a real sense of collegiality.

    Cons

    The workplace is stratified -- tenured staff often consider themselves 'above' non-tenured management and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the focus on providing service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Sessional faculty

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Instructor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Seasonal Instructor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at University of British Columbia

    Pros

    Sessional faculty obtain health benefits while they are on contract, but not in between contracts (ie summers). Autonomy in terms of hours - you can do course prep on your own timeline.

    Cons

    Much lower pay than permanent positions for the same teaching work. Little recognition or inclusion in the workplace, and basic supports are not in place (i.e. library access, printing, office space as well as evaluations, teaching support, etc.).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make regular, fulltime teaching positions available to the increasing number of sessional faculty who are teaching.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Highly positive experience.

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    • 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
  7.  

    Best place to work as a Temp!

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    • 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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    the Union Job it is!

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    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
  10.  

    Do your research!

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    • 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

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