UBC is a great place to work located on the West side of Vancouver near the ocean with spectacular buildings, views and great people who care about each other, Staff, Students and the environment. Everyone enjoys working there and strives to make this one of the best Universities for people to learn, for the wellbeing of the international community that live and study there and the rest of world.
I have learned that there is great leadership and communication in each department to make us all work together to make progress with the various tasks and business plans that are proposed and carried out throughout each year.
There is a great management team who is knowledgeable about the tasks that lay ahead to provide leadership with the best policies for each department to safely move forward to a sustainable future. They take to lead in sustainability and research in various departments. It has been a pleasure to work as a team member with all the departments, managers, supervisors over the course of my career.
My co-workers were great, professional, successful and had the expertise to carry out many medium and large construction projects that were delivered on time and on budget over the course of my career. The University has truly undertaken a real change, a complete renewal for the existing infrastructure including existing and new buildings that provide the best technology, labs, and research equipment. The buildings are far advanced and up to date with the latest tec
At this volunteer position I was able to learn a lot and become influenced by some of the smarted people I know. Working in the Riparian and Stream Ecology Lab at UBC, while the work was not as glamorous work, I had the opportunity interact with masters, PhD and Postdoctoral students in the same field of studies I hope to pursuit one day.
My job entailed sorting through terrestrial invertebrate samples, identifying and organizing them for a PhD student's research project. In addition to this, I was able to help collect data in the field which helped me to better understand the project. Once I had spent some time in the lab, I was able to ask each person about their projects, what they have done in the past and what they see for them selves in the future. This was the best part and the part that allowed me to come up with my own research project as a part of an individual directed studies at UBC. For this directed study, as one of my electives, I had to find a supervisor and write a proposal for for a research project. I am still in the process of this project and am very exited to see the end result!
This position, while not paid, has really helped to fine-tune my future direction, it has allowed me the chance to work independently and efficiently as well as part of a team. While the hardest (dullest) part of this position would have to be the lab work of sorting samples, at the same time it is the best part because you know you are helping with research that can
ProsLocation- being able to volunteer at UBC made it easy for me to allocate my time efficiently
ConsTime- as a full time student, I was not able to offer as much time as I would have like to
Open lab, bright and friendly, independent work, more freedom than anywhere else I have worked before
What I liked most about the UBC was the work-space itself and how we (me and my co-workers) were treated.
The lab was open, which means that one wing was containing of four different labs that were working in the same field. This always gave room for discussions and the feeling of community was just great. If we needed a certain chemical right away, but we didn't have it, it was always a sure thing that one of the other labs had it. We would help each other out.
I liked my independence a lot. I was able to decide when I wanted to have a coffee or when I wanted to take my lunch break. I didn't have a supervisor who was watching over me all the time. As long as I finished my work that I was suppose to do within a week, me and my boss went along very well. I like this way of working and I would like to have the same freedom and independence in my future job as well. It makes me feel less like a robot and more like a human being. It also increased my loyalty towards my employer as well as my motivation.
Usually when I got to work, I started with the question: How do I have to organize my day in terms of experiment set-up. And then I went from there. I had to stay long sometime because I just can't go home in the middle of the experiment and continue the next day. On other days, I left at three because my work for the day was accomplished. In the end, my working hours were always equaled out.
ProsA lot of independence and freedom. Deciding for myself, what to do next.
A typical day may start out with general customer service requests such as requests to grant access or to give directions but can change quickly into a variety of calls and requests. I have opportunities to attend calls such as first aid, suspicious persons, elevator entrapments, theft reports, and more.
I have learned so much from this job such as how to interact with all people from all walks of life and how to adapt to unexpected situations and developments.
My colleagues can be the funniest people to be around or the most annoying depending on the given day. We all take care of our own and back each other up when we need assistance on a call. We all depend on each other to help the hours go by.
The best and hardest part of the job is working with the public. My job does not allow me to always give people access when they want it or when it's convenient; in fact, I say, 'no' most of the time. This is not the most popular answer.
On the other hand, the job can be very rewarding when security can provide accesses and other services that can mean the difference in a passing grade, participating in an active police investigation, and helping someone's family member; this is always very rewarding.
Following lab protocols each day and trouble-shooting errors that later appeared in data were all things encountered on a typical day in cellular and molecular biology labs. With the help of peer mentors and TA's, I was able to acquire a tool kit of skills some of which included the following: being able apply problem-solving strategies to pre-existing research questions that don't have answers yet, being able to independently design experimental proposals and presenting my ideas out to a large scientific audience. The greatest challenge I encountered was being able to accept that data weren't always going to be perfect and then analyzing that data and making connections to the big research question. Moreover, being able to justify data based on the resources and tools used posed another challenge. Ultimately, writing reports to piece together all these challenging aspects of the lab was an enjoyable part of the lab in that it gave me the confidence and motivation to develop a mental mind set for analyzing the world from a different set of lenses
Fun but fast paced job that requires leadership and customer service.
A typical day at work consist of customer service, money handling, and serving food. Working for UBC for two year has no doubt taught me how to become a leader, how to work in the absence of supervision, how to communicate with customers, and handling money accurately. The management there needs some improvement when it comes to communication. My co-workers are amazing, they're one of the reasons that keep me motivated because we all have created a very close relationship and we are willing to help each other out during rush hours. The hardest part of my job is taking orders from customers who aren't paying attention when you repeat the order to them, and those who are very indecisive when it comes to ordering. The most enjoyable part of my job is getting to interact with people. I really enjoy how my job allows me so much flexibility, if i need a break from taking orders, I can help with expo or help serve food instead.
UBC is one of the largest employers in BC. As such it attracts the best and the worst of people. If you land in a spot where your managers and peers are the best, UBC is the best place to work. Geographically beautiful, benefits are astounding, and the culture is positive.
However, if you get railroaded into a team with toxic managers and disillusioned peers UBC can be an awful to work in. It's location means that either you have a long commute or you pay exorbitant cost of living prices to live near by. Then add to that the fact that the institution has "Section 9" of the collective agreement. This section gives the employer the right to terminate at any time, for any reason. I have seen this happen to far too many good people. As mentioned before, run afoul of a toxic manager, and you'll be run out on a rail with absolutely no recourse.
Overall I give UBC a high rating because of the culture & benefits. But they really need to deal with unfair management practices.
ProsVery flexible in terms of hours, good pay, relaxed atmosphere.
I liked working for UBC. The jobs are union so the pay/benefits are good.
Typically I would get into work and assess my first jobs and finish any that weren’t completed. Then I would continue to work in this fashion until the day’s end. Every day would be different, because I’d get interrupted many times a day by faculty who wanted me to do/edit/copy something else. I reported to the chairman of the department and had occasional meetings with him.
I learned more and more confidence in my abilities.
I was not responsible for managing anything other than my own workload.
The workplace culture was very professional and results-oriented. I was expected to fully keep on top of my workload.
The hardest part of the job was interacting with the chairman of the department, who was mercurial and had a bit of a temper.
The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting and interacting with the visiting professors.
Field crews for biology research projects sent into remote location with no cell service, no radios, no one knew where we were and no safety training or plans. At one point our crew lead asked us to walk into a wildfire and stomp it out. Job description said housing would be provided, but half the season would have been camping in the middle of nowhere with zero facilities and closest town an hour away... and no camping equipment, food or water, or proper home base is provided, everything is out of pocket for a minimum wage job. When safety concerns were communicated to professor leading the project, they put the blame on me and said I don't know the standards of the industry. It doesn't take much to understand that sending field crews into the wilderness with no radios or safety equipment is definitely not acceptable in any industry.
Freedom to work from home and a place of co-operation
This part time job is one of the best opportunities I have ever had!
The reason being the nature of the job and its content. I was chosen to work for this fabulous project (on saving energy as well GHG reductions for UBC through behavioral change pattern) especially when not much work has been done in this area with very less literature available. What I like the most about this job is the members of the team have full faith in me as a newcomer even when they don't know me completely.I meet up once in a week to update my work to the team and I keep on receiving all the support I need throughout the week for this speedy project! This is the kind of work where I am learning more in depth about energy efficiency and conservation and engaging into realistic calculations.
ProsSupport from team members and supervisors, Unique projects, Salary
Questions and answers about University of British Columbia
What are the perks offered by University of British Columbia?
Asked Jul 1, 2017
Vacation benefits - start with four weeks of paid vacation (pro-rated). Work week is, on paper, a 35 hour work week. Access to significant online learning and professional development resources through the UBC library. Tuition waivers that can be applied for yourself or your direct family. The campus is gorgeous. Workshops, counselling, on-site gym & pool.
Answered Oct 29, 2019
Working at UBC Okanagan was a positive, life changing experience for the better. Fabulous people and wonderful oportunities. Wonderful opportunities for growth and change.
Answered Mar 22, 2019
What is the work environment and culture like at University of British Columbia?
Asked Jun 22, 2017
Managers everywhere playing dress up.
Answered Feb 2, 2021
The work environment is very toxic. Managers/supervisors are inexperienced power hungry bullies, avoid this place.
Answered Jun 1, 2020
What is the interview process like at University of British Columbia?
Asked Apr 1, 2017
It was good,, warm and not nerve wrecking
Answered Aug 5, 2019
Interview is focused on seeing what type of person you are. This helps in knowing how you problem solve, if you can act professionally, and your knowledge of the UBC campus as well as Vancouver.
Answered Jul 15, 2019
What would you suggest University of British Columbia management do to prevent others from leaving?
First of all the union should be supporting new employees more than they support older employees. We are all paying the same dues.
Complaints should be taken serious by HR and some type of remediation could take place to resolved disagreements between staff.
There are no rules in place on how a manager is to treat a subordinate. Managers abuse their authority and seniority in the workplace.
Answered Feb 15, 2020
What is the most stressful part about working at University of British Columbia?