University of Alberta Reviews

Updated July 23, 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. PhD student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Alberta

    Pros

    phd students are generally better paid compared with those at other Canadian research universities

    Cons

    the weather condition is a challenge in Edmonton


  2. Research Assistant

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    Former Intern - Research Assistant
    Former Intern - Research Assistant

    I worked at University of Alberta as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Went there for undergrad research assistant, work was easy and straightforward, the supervisor of the project was friendly. My project belongs to the faculty of engineering so they have a lot of money.

    Cons

    Research projects progressed too slowly, I spent almost a month with not much to do, just waiting for stuff to get here.

    Advice to Management

    The research progress could be more efficient.


  3. RA in U of A

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, good working out facilities, good engineering reputation

    Cons

    The students number is getting larger, some existing area like studying space might not seem enough

    Advice to Management

    more efficient and hear more from the students


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  5. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    good salary, great health care coverage, excellent retirement pension plan, flexible work hours

    Cons

    promotion seems to linked to seniority rather than ability (in some positions), parking is expensive and no reimbursement, office can be bland and boring, no staff lunch rooms or free coffee

    Advice to Management

    should improve office physical environment for non-academic staff, reserve a room in each building for staff to warm their lunches and sit down to eat.


  6. chemist

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    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Alberta part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I got the best opportunity to get experience and also to do research. Best place to get ready for industry and real life

    Cons

    We were not helped to find a job after and payments very low compare to the amount of work


  7. Summer Intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at University of Alberta as an intern

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

    Pros

    - Flexible hours - Nice working environment (lab) - Friendly Staff and Supervisors - Great Opportunity as a student

    Cons

    No Cons because it was a great summer experience, and I can recommend it to anyone willing to get an idea of what their dream career is like in the real world.

    Advice to Management

    Didn't work with anyone other than my supervisors so I have no advice for the management


  8. Internet proctor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Alberta part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good, easy money, meet new people, work is troubleshooting other people's computer.

    Cons

    If you were on-call during the weekend you must not go out. You are on call for 1 week during the month so there is not a lot of money.


  9. RESEARCH ASSISTANT

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

    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Pros

    everyday you can learn new things and technical knowledge in your field. you can broaden and widen your horizon in your field by working there.

    Cons

    there is no promotion opportunity for a research assistant. this job is not permanent and you have to find something else.


  10. Very nice

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Alberta

    Pros

    The grad students here are talent, nice, and humble. Also the research environment here is awesome.

    Cons

    There is no obviously cons, generally. It's a very good school.


  11. Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very Friendly working environment with professors and students

    Cons

    Limited promotion, no benifits or pensions as contract



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