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Fun workplace
Clinical Instructor (Current Employee) –  Okanagan, BC5 February 2018
Nursing teaching support staff are excellent!
Great management and support for teachers.
Clear guideline and policy for teaching.
Great team to work with.
Pros
fun work place
Cons
low pay
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Great place to work
Research Assistant, Safety and Laboratory Manager (Former Employee) –  Corrosion lab31 January 2018
The University of British Columbia (Point grey campus) is a great place to work, either as an instructor, Post-Doctoral research fellow, or research assistant.
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Dynamic, stimulating work environment
Manager (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC19 January 2018
Very dynamic work environment, there's always a lot going on. A lot of good positions are temporary or grant-based, difficult to get a permanent employment.
Pros
Very interesting projects, inspiring work culture, good pay and benefits
Cons
Difficult to secure permanent or long-term employment
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Poductive and Fun Workplace
Researh Assistant (Current Employee) –  Kelowna, BC14 January 2018
Wonderful students and staff. Lots of positive energy and the air is full of ideas. Research labs are well equppied and lots of services provided whenver needed.
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Excellent Part-time Position
Office Assistant (part-time) (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC4 January 2018
UBC offered flexible hours which was great since it accommodated class and homework. The staff were friendly and easy to work with. Really made the whole experience very enjoyable.
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Great organisation with diverse workforce
Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC28 December 2017
Working as a Research Assistant at UBC gives you a good amount of freedom to pursue the research of your interest while working with a really diverse set of people. Your supervisor plays a really important role in your learning and project progress, hence, be wise in choosing one.
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Great place to work
Language Instructor (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC6 December 2017
The management is great and the staff are friendly and supportive. I worked there part-time and I learned a lot from other instructors through shared classes. The management was very supportive and provided feedback on classes they observed. They were always willing to advice on how to improve.
The hardest part of the job was the unpredictability of work. I was only a part-time instructor and could only hope to get full-time work by teaching many courses.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the field trips we did with the students who were mostly Asians wanting to develop their English on short courses.
Pros
Flexible working hours
Cons
No job security if you are not a full-time employee
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Sharpened communication skills
Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC27 November 2017
Through this position, I learned how to simplify complicated ideas on the spot to aid students understand the course material. Communication with the professor was seamless and very simple since she was easy to work with and work for.
Pros
Great watching people learn.
Cons
Lots of grading.
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Beautiful campus in a great city
Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC17 November 2017
Was only working in part-time contract positions with the university but the lifestyle in Vancouver and the campus are excellent. My work experience here overall was excellent but I can only speak for my own faculty.
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Loved the environment
Graphic Designer (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC7 November 2017
I only worked there on contact for a short period. I enjoyed the environment and felt very welcome. But I can't really say to the job security of benefits as I wasn't full time.
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Productive experience with being a teaching assistant
Computer Science Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC25 October 2017
Your experience will being a teaching assistant will depend completely on your professor and the course.

A lot is expected from TAs without much training and you should be able to manage your time well if you're also taking a full course load.
The pay is okay but not the best for students who are also studying full-time
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Amazing learning experience
Investigative Journalist (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC18 October 2017
This was a major investigative effort comprising 50 students and numerous professors from across Canada.

It was an excellent experience to properly learn how radical sharing can make a story groundbreaking.
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Very Productive
Researcher (Current Employee) –  Kelowna, BC, Canada2 October 2017
University of British Columbia (UBC) was an ideal place to work in. It was very professional environment with a lots of opportunity and support for growth. I enjoyed working at UBC.
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Nice campus and facilities
Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC28 September 2017
Huge campus. There are many facilities that can entertain and stimulate students' curiosity. The location is beautiful: among nature, trees and ocean.
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Purchasing Manager
Associate Director (Former Employee) –  Kelowna, BC27 September 2017
Contract negotiations
legal language and policy balance
multi-tasking is required
Dealing with vendors and contractors
Mediation and critical thinking
Work closely with other departments and faculty issues
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Great environment for an apsiring researcher
Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC13 September 2017
UBC is one of the world's premiere research universitities. It is a great place to work if you want a career in academics, as it is filled with some of the best minds around. Everyone works hard and the expectations are high, so bring your A game. The bureaucracy is a bit overwhelming and can be dispiriting at times.
Pros
Huge number of researchers
Cons
Long hours, expensive area
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Its a great place to work
Head UBC Card (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC12 September 2017
I worked with a great team and had a great leader. I enjoyed my time there. The teams are cohesive however the departments are a bit siloed as is expected in an organisation of this size.
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Productive and Eye opening
Orientation Leader (Former Employee) –  Leader, SK18 August 2017
A typical day of work was working with about 40 first years. It might seem overwhelming at first but the amount of support you receive is tremendous. You also learn a lot of life skills that you can implement for other jobs and for life in general.
You make lifelong friends too and the diversity is so enriching.
Pros
Buffet style 3 square meals and free accommodation
Cons
Long hours
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After 25 years it was time to go.
Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC17 August 2017
Administration (included but not limited to): Reconciliation of various accounts, preparation of payroll, and inventory of supplies. Maintaining databases and creating spreadsheets. Cost analysis and budgetary recommendations.

Quality Assurance: Implemented tracking systems to improve overall efficiency and accountability of supervisors and staff.

Customer Service: Prioritized requests to significantly reduce service interruptions to customers. Responded to complaints, concerns and staff issues.

Technology Implementation: Worked in conjunction with IT Services to design and coordinate various on-line proprietary systems to improve customer service levels and response times.
Pros
Strong employer
Cons
none
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Great place for research
Assistant Professor (Former Employee) –  Kelowna, BC11 August 2017
My job involved teaching, research, service, committee and student meetings. The culture is quite political, typical of academia. The management wasn't the best.
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