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Enjoyable, easy going environment
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Kelowna, BC14 May 2018
I loved working at UBCO as a research assistant. I learned a great deal on how to research, transcribe and self-discipline. I couldn't have asked for a better part time position to work at while I was still in school
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Great environment and People
Desktop Analyst (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC10 May 2018
Although this position was for a 3-month contract, I very quickly felt like part of the family. The campus environment is a very desirable work location.
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Beautiful campus filled with talented students
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC1 May 2018
It is difficult to write an effective review of my experiences as a PhD student at UBC as the most important aspects of a grad student's career varies depending on field of research and the supervisor. Make sure to thoroughly research research your lab and graduate adviser before accepting any offers!

Aside from that, UBC is a great place: beautiful campus, delightful staff and students, and a great work/life balance. There are numerous funding opportunities for both local and international students. The work atmosphere is definitely more collaborative than competitive.
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Productive and great room for growth
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC10 April 2018
Very Flexible, depending on the department you work in. You are given the ability to juggle multiple projects and develop a wide array of skills. Great room for growth if you are more academic focused.
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Room for growth
Program Assistant (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC1 April 2018
Passionate, driven team. I was lucky to have a great manager who ensured her team was supported. The department emphasized innovative approaches, valuing progress based in research.
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Difficult to advance, management not receptive
Administrator (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC21 March 2018
People tend to stay forever in their roles (there are people that have been there 30-40 years, refusing to retire or move one) so it is very difficult to move up in the organization. Management is not receptive to feed back, very top-down, traditional management style. Benefits are good but pay is below average. Expensive parking which makes commute really long by transit (and not worth it), especially when low-income staff have to live very far since housing is too expensive. Workers are treated as a cog in the machine - there are tuition waivers, professional development fund, etc. yet management is not supportive of you wanting to move up and beyond your position (they want you to stay in your position forever).
Pros
Very easy work (don’t need to think much)
Cons
Rigid management, lack of support for professional growth, low pay
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Work from home and very convenient
Note taker (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC14 March 2018
Freedom to take my class notes on my own style, as long as they are legible and available for other's use. I am not required to answer questions of clients reguarding material, but I must clarify any doubts that arise reguarding understanding the notes.
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Rewarding job with great travel benefits
Undergraduate Academic Assistant (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC5 March 2018
Scouted locations and contacted community leaders to bring STEM education to rural areas. Designed and delivered STEM and conservation themes programs to grade-school students. Grew the scope of the outreach department.
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Ótimo ambiente de trabalho.
Engenheiro (Former Employee) –  British Columbia1 March 2018
Um ótimo lugar para desenvolver projetos e trabalhos de manutenção.
Pros
Disponibilidade de equipamentos
Cons
nada contra
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Great addition to my academic experience
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC26 February 2018
an absolute pleasure working as an academic copy and lay-out editor. hours varied based on the biannual publication date but were also predictable as a result. very grateful for this experience.
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self guided
Patient Allocation Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Patient Allocation Coordinator22 February 2018
it is a interesting place to work as a Certified Dental Assistant it is a unique place to be in a university setting in comparison to a private dental practice.
Pros
autonomy
Cons
consequences of error
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productive and fun workplace
Housekeeper (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC12 February 2018
I learned a lot about teamwork and working in a fast pace under pressure. I enjoyed this job a lot. The management is really good. You will meet people with different ethnicity that makes the workplace challenging but also fun because you get to meet and work with people with different culture as you. The hardest part of the job is when we get so busy and clean so much rooms. The most enjoyable part of the job is when you still get to have fun while working.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Hard when busy
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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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