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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
160 Reviews
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University of Alberta President Indira V. Samarasekera
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Pros
  • The great studying and working environment (in 19 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance, good vacation, good benefits, lots of opportunities to advance (e (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Budget cuts are causing lots of restructuring and confusion (in 8 reviews)

  • low salary 2) low opportunity for advancement 3) overworked and underpaid (in 6 reviews)

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    Occupational Health and Safety Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance was excellent, there was plenty of time to complete your work so that you could enjoy other interests. University provided an interesting work environment, there were many different processes and activities on campus. There are many challenges and diverse issues to explore. The people I worked with were very committed to the well being of the organization and talented.

    Cons

    Some of the items that can be improved is the lack of effective governance, the structure is in place but does not seem to operate as it should. Employees could benefit from an orientation that explains how the organization works, how to effect change and contribute to the goals of the University. At an operational level there was a lack of organizational plans that contribute to the strategic plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to put a formal performance evaluation system that is tied to the organization's business plans
    invest in leadership training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Electrical Engineering Department at UofA is continuously going down.

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    Current Employee - Phd Student Researcher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Phd Student Researcher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only good thing is to be close to Rocky Mountains. The university itself does not have much to offer.

    Cons

    At least in my field (Electrical and Computer Engineering) there are no good seminars or any workshops beneficial to the work I do here. There should be at least one seminar/workshop per month by a top researcher from top university

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Upper management has lost touch with the front line workers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are Educational Opportunities available.

    Cons

    Due to the massive downsizing, there are a lot of very unhappy people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is time to clean out upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I hated this job

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    Former Employee - Research Coder in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Coder in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The University of Alberta is a beautiful campus, is along the river valley, and is full of life. I loved being here on campus - I would love to continue working for the university, but not as a Research Coder, nor with those who hired me for this position.

    Cons

    The position that I had was extremely boring and repetitive; I hated it with a passion but felt obliged to continue. Those above me - the ones who determined my work and my wage, etc - did not treat me with respect. I was paid the minimum amount allowed, and was not offered any additional compensation. In addition, when another person was hired to provide some casual assistance for the project for a few months - a position that should have been lower or equal to my own - this person was paid significantly more. They were not more qualified or more experienced, nor were their tasks or responsibilities more significant or more important than my own. The only reason that this was the case was due to the fact that this person was the daughter of one of the people higher up. This wage discrepancy was noticed by others as well; one co-worker tried to stick up for me, which helped to get me a raise, but my new wage was still quite lower than this particular person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nepotism should not dictate position or remuneration.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Research trumps teaching almost every time

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits
    Edmonton lovely in summer
    Reasonable teaching workload

    Cons

    Very engineering centric - could be a pro if you're a geer
    Management responds to dissent with bullying
    Edifice complex - many new buildings not "peopled". Capital costs vs. ongoing expense but as a result seems like a hollow shell. Mis-leading to public and prospective students
    Decreasing support for teaching development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize bullying starts ( or is stopped) at the top

  7.  

    Disappointed that promises made during recruitment were not honored. Poor work culture.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Pros

    Nice students, motivated to do well. Salary and benefits are good.
    Edmonton is a very friendly place to live.

    Cons

    Quality teaching not highly valued by the University, despite rhetoric. Workplace bullying problematic in several Departments, maybe that's just academia?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please value the students and the teachers as much as you do the researchers. Students and teaching staff bring valuable income to the University and are the 'pulse' of daily University life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience but bad after-taste

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    Former Employee - Research Coordinator
    Former Employee - Research Coordinator

    I worked at University of Alberta

    Pros

    Clinical staff is very knowledgeable and experienced, great teachers.

    Cons

    Direct management is unfair and people are bullied.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show respect and improve retention policies

    Doesn't Recommend

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