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mundane work, zero opportunity for advancement. Golden handcuffs, sadly

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an administrative role at UBC is for people who have zero ambition, who crave security and are not concerned about the poverty-level salary. Too many unionized employees at UBC (CUPE) who are lazy. THe roles here require zero creativity, and there is no incentive to work hard
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HS is the internal placement agency within UBC. Their mandate is to hire advanced admin and executive support to various departments and schools on and off campus with the intent to eventually find a permanent placement. As a HS exmployee, you are often filling an administrative role while the department HR completes the hiring process for a permanent replacement. Each assignment may give you some skills but will lead to you a career dead-end - standard temp work.Typical day will depend on your work assignment and where you are assigned. Zoom is heavily used and can be faiguing. Depending on the department there may not be training or documentation so being able to work things out for yourself if a must. (In one case I filled in for someone who quit suddenly after 15 years in the position and didnt document their processes at all) Combine this with underwhelming and boring work, siloed groups, cold/distant work culture, daily parking rates, and last minute assignment changes (3-4 days notice is unacceptable yet it happened every time) it led to an unpleasant sense of being treated as disposable. As a result this was not a good fit for me.

Pros

Squirrels on Campus, The nice ladies at the Starbucks, big trees everywhere

Cons

Underwhelming and boring work, siloed groups, cold/distant work culture, expensive daily parking rates, and last minute assignment changes
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  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Ability to learn new things
Areas for improvement
  • Support from manager
  • Inclusive work environment
  • Trust in colleagues

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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Since Implementing a new ERP System work culture has dropped significantly

Used to be a great place to work but with the implementation of a new ERP system the staff are now overworked and knowing that the new system costs will result in massive layoffs staff have become defensive and unwilling to take ownership. Toxic environment.
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Poor work environment and pay

Not a great organization to work for as the growth is very slow, the salary is low and the management is poor. This was true for each research lab I worked in at UBC. The workload was very high and it didn't make sense because the salary was so low. The only good thing was that UBC had great benefits, but at a certain point, you have to get more out of a job than just that.
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Stressful environment, politics everywhere

Prepare for heavy workloads since there is never enough budget to higher badly needed help but there is money to throw around on political favors and appeasement. You will be thrown under the bus.You will receive empty promises.You will tossed aside after they have used you up.You will however have plenty of time off to find a better job unless they burn you out first.
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More accountability required at all levels.

UBC can be a great place to work but it is unfortunate to see lack of accountability and abuse of employee benefits from those who know the UBC system inside and out.
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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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Challenging place to work if you are not an academic

Management preferred to maintain the status quo. Initiative was not well received even if it was in your specific area of expertise and responsibility.
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Good, fun workplace

Easy to manage work-life balance and pretty flexible around scheduling shifts. Very transparent and friendly management. Great peers with good teamwork and communication.
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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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Excellent employer

Had benefits from day 1, very good employer and lots of opportunities to apply for internal jobs after hire. I really enjoy the management style and workplace culture of this institution.
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Look elsewhere

This is honestly the worst place I have ever worked. Cons:Low pay, favoritism, bus throwing.Pros:Time off to apply for other jobsSave yourself time and DO NOT apply here.
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Great

Great stepping stone for those looking to advance into management or law enforcement. Always look at coming to work with a positive attitude and things will be easier.

Pros

Flexibility

Cons

Shift work can have an effect
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Its fine

- Slow Paced - Inter team communication is not good - very okay management They need to establish proper matrix structure so that the teams can work better, rather than have a silo structure for each team.
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Productive

Always busy days. Learned more about time management. Business culture. Pot lucks with staff most enjoyable part. Commute was hardest part. Good managment.
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In general workplace

Good pay and benefits, as well as friendly staffs. One thing though is there's alot of management issues and scheduling so those i always keep on eye on it.
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4.1 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
3.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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