University of Alberta Reviews

Updated August 17, 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

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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

    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
    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. Good university, not good enough if you chose the wrong boss

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment in general, nice labs and people. It is a university anyway.

    Cons

    It may not be really cons considering that it really depends. I think the correct way to do this is to first select the major you like and the supervisor you want to work with.


  7. Research Assocaite

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The environment is really good. It is a university with lots of facilities and high end research centers.

    Cons

    I have not seen any downsides in the University of Alberta


  8. chemist

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    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


  9. Summer Intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Alberta as an intern

    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


  10. Internet proctor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Alberta part-time

    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.


  11. RESEARCH ASSISTANT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.



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