University of Alberta
4.0 of 5 112 reviews
ualberta.ca Edmonton, Canada 5000+ Employees

University of Alberta Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 2014
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4.0 112 reviews

                             

64% Approve of the CEO

University of Alberta President Indira V. Samarasekera

Indira V. Samarasekera

(44 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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rich environment to learn in

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Alberta full-time

Prossome of the best minds in education

Consbudget cuts, reorganizations and layoffs

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Master student's payment is so low

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Alberta

ProsGreat research university to start with.

ConsThe professors's quality overall is not as good as the other famous universities.

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Lots of problems due to provinsial budget cut

Software Programmer (Former Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

I worked at University of Alberta full-time for more than a year

Pros- Good benefits
- Working on campus is great
- Lots of networking opportunities with smart people

ConsBudget cuts are causing lots of restructuring and confusion

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Alberta full-time for more than a year

ProsExcellent benefits, including support for advanced education. There is lots of opportunity to learn about different parts of the university. Flex-time was a great perk for those who have families and outside commitments.

ConsDecisions were slow to be made. Cross-faculty cooperation could sometimes be difficult because of competing interests. Hiring for a vacant position took much longer than typical in a corporate environment, meaning qualified candidates could get a better offer while a decision was yet to be made.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Carreer opportunities in Academia are tight at the moment

Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

ProsScience is the best job in the world. Ability to follow ideas and test hypotheses that can change the world. University is especially strong in Chemistry, Virology and Transplant research, to name a few. UofA is trying to better engage PostDocs and better this segment of ones academic career. Current funding cuts may change this, time will tell. A guaranteed minimum salary as a PDF is a pro.

ConsSalary is not competitive with those offered in the US. There are better career options if one goes outside of Canada for a Postdoc and then returns. Many professors leave at 5pm, and are disconnected with the front line lab researchers. If an MD, opportunities for hiring are better. Depending on the lab, there is no quiet place to write, and no offices for postdocs. Many postdocs are left to work alone, there is not a team environment for projects. It is tough to compete for a position as a solo scientist as compared to a postdoc with a team of technicians. Postdoc reviews will be very dependent on the lab and department, as the University is not setting the lab culture or salary.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter engage your postdocs. They are the engines of research. Make the experience a more equitable experience for all your postdocs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It is a good place to work. But it is a not good place for promotion.

Bio Statistician (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

ProsThe work enviroment is good. Woking hour is very flexible.

ConsHave no chance to promote.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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be ready for a busy working environment

Research Technician (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

I have been working at University of Alberta full-time for more than a year

Prosfriendly and helpful coworkers, flexible work hours

Consnever-ending projects and works.
have to really plan out time for all projects at the same time.
lab budget problem.

Advice to Senior Managementhiring more useful technician or students for faster research speed.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

I have been working at University of Alberta part-time for more than 5 years

ProsAs a graduate student, it is great getting experience working on actual research projects. I have the opportunity to work on national and provincial projects that gave me the skills that I am now relying upon to get a job. My supervisor was great--flexible and understanding.

ConsIf you have a problem with your work, there are few people to whom you can turn. In the Faculty of Education, getting an assistantship is challenging.

Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure that all students have the opportunity to receive assistantship.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Alberta

Prosgood research facilities, better advisors...

Consno industry other than oil and sand....

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

Prosgood services and facilities for students.

Conslow salary, irresponsibility of some supervisors regarding their students academic life and future.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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