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Teaching assistant job for a data analytics class, where I was tasked with recreating the whole class project, by myself, in 1 week and marking 70 projects, 5 times for each addition. Sometimes being a TA can be high pressure like the situation I was in. Other times being a TA can be easy, like monitoring some students during an exam or holding office hours. Overall it is luck of the draw.
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Department Dependant

Working at UBC is a varied experience depending on the department you work for. I moved between a few departments. Two of which were so toxic there were a handful of people who left on stress leave within a few months of me starting, and others quit. The department I moved too is SO much better and actually gives good work/life balance and had good communication. My only word of warning it to watch for which departments are continually hiring roles (especially of those roles were advertised a few months before) - changes are the people in the department are leaving as soon as the toxicity gets to them. There is lots of opportunity to move around to different roles once you're in the door.
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Supportive, and team forward workplace

This workplace was friendly, supportive, and put high value in a productive and team oriented environment. They encouraged growth in your skill set, and supported you in whatever areas you required it. I enjoyed going to work everyday, both for the environment, the co-workers, and management.
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Easy going job

Very easy place to work, depending on the position and what department you are in. Working as a student in labs is cool, and can help get you some more relevant work experience to go along with your degree.
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Good work-life balance

Co-workers are great and always willing to help you out. Efficient in the organization and structure that has been laid out. Clear expectations of the role are provided.
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Toxic department but okay job

Pretty safe campus. Clean. Fun to see students but department bullies and management does nothing, no follow up, does not care about employees. My 2 team leads were great. Caring and supportive and super chill and fun to work with. Cashiers too. I learned a lot from teams about customer service.

Pros

Meals on shifts. Insurance Benefits. Great team lead.

Cons

Poor management. Bullies on shift.
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Fast paced, heavy workload, enjoyable

I found the work load crossed over onto my personal life more than I had hoped for. I LOVED my students and teaching them. I found the expectation of paper work (review and final reports, assignments, assessments, essays, etc) for the clinical aspect of the nursing course was heavy and very time consuming. This was on top of the actual 12hr clinical teaching shifts.I also found that the clinical instructor was given too many nursing students to be able to assist and assess them properly throughout the 12hr shift.
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UBC Okanagan

Unfortunately the facilities management dept is managed by the old boys club, the FM leadership create a very unhappy and negative work environment. The workers that report to them are always job hunting, moral is terrible and staff turnover is high. Pay rate for the blue collar worker is low but you know that coming in. I do not recommend working here unless you enjoy being micromanaged and disrespected by the facilities management leadership.

Pros

Great extended health and dental plan

Cons

Low pay, micromanaged, disrespected workers, little to no opportunities for advancement, they promote by hiring external applicants instead of promoting qualified applicants from within.
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Horrible pay, no room for advancement

Extremely low pay, no room for advancement in Union positions. Management actively tries to keep you down. Once trapped in the union it's almost impossible to get out.
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Bad management, even worse pay

Pay is below average, a 35 hour workweek is great on paper until you see your salary reflects that, along with $7 per day for parking, and the amount of money on fuel... This job isn't worth it. My department was suspended with no prior knowledge, and when I quit because of this no one even told management and they turned it into a "job abandonment" even though I verbally told someone "I quit".The new management for this school is terrible frankly, and the dishpit has been reported to the health department.

Pros

Free food

Cons

Management who ignores staff for months on end.
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Micro management

Micro management!! Very disorganized to many shift leaders, not enough staff, high turnover, great students benefits and pay is okay. I don’t believe I ever met the manager. All and all a ok place to work very expensive parking if you can find a spot.
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UBC okanagan

UBC BCGEU position is a dead end job with a great benefit package. The wages are very low however you know that coming in and may be able to deal with that aspect. The charge engineer and management team in the facilities department create a toxic work environment. There is an old boys club mentality and change is desperately needed, the existing work environment its not a healthy or positive workplace.

Pros

Benifit package

Cons

As mentioned
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Lots of fun, but too much work and low pay

Working as an RA, you have no private life. You’re never fully away from your job. It’s very stressful to not be able to separate your work life and personal life. Also, you soooo don’t get paid enough for the amount of work you’re doing. But! The people that you work with legitimately care about you. And they’re there for you. Having such a supportive community is amazing

Pros

Management is great, employees are great

Cons

Never off the clock, not paid enough
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Great fit for students

The work environment at UBC is fairly good, especially if you are a student in need of part time work that fits around your schedule- not the other way around. Working for the university as a student means your employer will do almost anything to make sure you have a schedule that works for you and I appreciated that very much.

Pros

Work-life balance, convenient location

Cons

No benefits
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Challenging but rewarding workplace with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities

Working as a TA for UBC Okanagan has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had. The workplace culture is amazing, with a collaborative environment in which both Faculty and Staff are willing and ready to help you grow as a professional and meet and exceed your own goals. It was the best kind of job: one in which I could simultaneously share my own knowledge and learn from others, especially the students.
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HR and management toxic

HR are bullies and so very toxic. I’ve never seen anything like this before. I’ve seen several long term staff get disciplined or fired for being injured on the job. As soon as your injured ( at work!!!) they will lie and cheat to get rid of you..... Do not work here. UBCO’s HR is toxic.
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Good resources, horrible management

I was hired to take notes/read out loud/study with my fellow students who had learning disabilities such as brain injuries/seizure disorders and dyslexia. The management at UBCO was horrible, if they had just let me and my students work things out between us it would have been way easier. But they ended up confusing matters between the four of us. I did get access to some good resources from UBCO to help them out though, so it wasn't all bad.
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Fun workplace

Hanging out with other economic TAs was great. Office hours would be routine. Nothing difficult about this job. You need to have good time management to work here.
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Project Student Lead

Typical day included researching various sustainable designs for the sustainability office and managing a small group of students. We did cost benefit analysis' and value engineering along with creating presentations and reports for the sustainability office.
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Excellent employment opportunity

This was an excellent opportunity for me to work with experts in the field of psychology and get a better understanding of the field of psychology. Positive learning environment.
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My work at UBCO was brief

My work at UBCO was brief but enjoyable. I got to work with others that were in my group and developed surveys for student lead bodies on campus. It was an exciting experience!
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4.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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