University of Alberta Reviews

Updated June 20, 2015
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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 for student and families (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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  1. Okay Place to Work not got to go to school

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at University of Alberta (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a very difficult time during phd program. Professors were unhelpful and the central admin did nothing to assist.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, difficult to find helpful people to work with when in need of assistance.


  2. Good place to focus on study

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Pros

    It provides many opportunities to those who are capable

    Cons

    The whether is too cold


  3. rich environment to learn in

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    some of the best minds in education

    Cons

    budget cuts, reorganizations and layoffs


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  5. Hard to love

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefit and stable job position. Enjoy more time with family and having a lot of holiday time. Nice working environment.

    Cons

    The most significant drawback of working in University of Alberta is the lower salary (mostly the pay is base on 7 hour per day). In addition, there is no long-term stability.

    Advice to Management

    Long-term stability is a focus in my selection of a job position, which is especially important when the pay is not so good.


  6. University of Alberta

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

    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice and relaxing working environment
    meeting new people and cultures

    Cons

    salary not very encouraging though depends on position

    Advice to Management

    review salary especially of researchers like postdoctoral fellows


  7. Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Alberta

    Pros

    -Great People, flexible hours and great office environment

    Cons

    -Low pay in the beginning


  8. Postive and excellent work experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with leaders in the field

    Cons

    Most research jobs are contract based on grant funding


  9. Worked as a RA and Graduate student, generally speaking your experience is dependent on your professor and your researc

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Alberta

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly place, not super competitive

    Cons

    low quality of teaching, professors do not put a lot of focus on teaching

    Advice to Management

    Policy should be made to prevent U of A PhD to become a faculty unless outstanding achievement has been achieved. I think it is hard to make word class university while permitting graduates to take teaching or researching position within the same school


  10. A fine place to work and learn something

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Low working hours and the salary is fine. Working environment is friendly and colleges are pretty nice.

    Cons

    One might feel a little bit bored after teaching a few years


  11. HR Job - Slow to Change, slow to pay it's student employees

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It all depends on the department / faculty you're in. Some give employees great perks and a fun work atmosphere. Others are so stagnant in the way they do things.

    Current Perks:
    1. days off around Christmas (nice for those with kids in daycare when daycares close)
    2. Access to funds for education (HRDF and Tuition Remission)
    3. LOTS of sick days

    Cons

    My current dept won't consider things like flex time and is not willing to change with the times. Very slow to make decisions, decisions are based on favouritism or 'who you know' rather than actual merit or sound judgement.

    Cons:
    1. Everything moves at a snail's pace
    2. Central HR is disorganized and not helpful
    3. No flow of information between units/departments/positions

    Advice to Management

    CHANGE IT. It's not 1990! Don't be afraid of new technologies that will make the workplace more productive and each employee more satisfied with what they accomplish.



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