University of Alberta

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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

4.0 130 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

University of Alberta President Indira V. Samarasekera

Indira V. Samarasekera

(57 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent work environment and atmosphere(in 15 reviews)

  • Good , helpful, good environment and teachers and students, scholorship(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • pay is low, coworkers not bad, bad benefit package(in 4 reviews)

  • low salary 2) low opportunity for advancement 3) overworked and underpaid(in 5 reviews)

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    Positive work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people, good support, generally a healthy environment when not facing massive cuts to post-secondary education, per the 2013 calendar year.

    ConsRestrictive financial systems, delays in receiving claims, some silos of toxic personalities (though rare)

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    Best employer

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

    Prosopen environment, best benefits, personal growth

    ConsNo training, most are post docs not actual staff, lots of deductions from pay cheques

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great university

    Former Graduate Student (Former Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsGreat place to learn. Stipend was ok. Flexible working schedule. Able to meet and and make friends with people from all around the world. Most professors are quite nice and helpful.

    ConsOur department ran into money problems half-way throughout my program.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome professors need to be reminded that they were once grad students.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    friendly place to learn as a student

    Graduate Student (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsGreat place to learn whatever you want, knowledgeable professors and technicians, peaceful working environment.

    ConsThe working efficiency of the residence office is sometimes not ideal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove the service department of this university, especially residence office, they made too many mistakes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunities across the company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat environment with like-minded people who care about education and the student experience

    ConsAs a publicly-funded institution, funding, or lack of, can cut short projects, units and positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great

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

    ProsPension, people, energy, nice building, atmosphere, benefits

    Consupper level management, open concept creates distractions for some

    Advice to Senior Managementthink more about the little guy as the are the heart of the agency

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    really accepting and open to new ideas

    Technical Director (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    Proslarge diverse employee group, great benefits, great history

    Consbeing so large, it's often difficult to find fast answers to questions

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to all employee groups

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Leadership at the Executive Level

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsGreat macro environment, perks and benefits. People take a great deal of pride in their work. HR department is also well-run. The upper management of the university and the Board is fantastic and are great representatives of what is fantastic about Edmonton and Alberta. Impeccable hiring practices (only the best).

    ConsBecause U of A is so big (40,000 staff and students), heads of a few departments and arms-length organizations act like czars. Even when their is negative publicity, these people are not held accountable. Unions on campus have no power whatsoever so the only two options for employees is to leave or to tolerate injustices until they can move to a different department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnions - take care of your employees better. Management, conduct a leadership review.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent first job, but lacklustre career opportunities

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

    ProsThe full-time benefits at the University of Alberta are unmatched by most other employers. In addition to full health coverage (including massages and physio) plus a retirement matching plan, you receive a health spending account, education spending account, and other perks. Furthermore, because full-time hours are generally 8am - 4pm Monday through Friday with all holidays off plus University closures, you enjoy a lot of free time. I banked a lot of overtime, and because the UofA didn't want to pay it out, I got days in lieu in addition to my paid vacation time. In the right position, you will be given a lot of autonomy and the opportunity to work on a number of different projects. I gained a lot of amazing skills that will transfer well to new opportunities with other companies. I love the UofA and bleed green and gold after being both a student and employee. It wasn't the be-all, end-all for me but it was the best first step and I'm forever grateful for the opportunities provided and my experience at the school.

    ConsThere's a lot of red tape and it's hard to change inefficient ways if it's "the way it's always been done". Cuts to provincial education mean positions are becoming limited so there's very little opportunity for advancement. The union agreement is made of steel and more or less driving the school into financial ruin. Incompetent staff not only can't be fired, but will receive an annual raise every year. The pension plan is grossly mismanaged and doesn't have enough assets to sustain its payouts, yet participation is mandatory which means most new workers are losing 11-14% of their salary to a retirement fund they may or may not actually receive. There is a tremendous amount of tension between have and have-not faculties, and everyone is more or less frustrated with something or other. Salaries are decent but cap out, and then you will only receive annual increases once you hit the max step in your pay grade.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrim the fat and get rid of inefficient practices and focus on building a lean, effective business model. Reward merit not tenure when selecting for management.

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

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    Graduate Student

    Graduate Student (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsVery flexible schedule, great people, very supportive

    ConsBalancing costs on student budget is difficult

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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