University of Calgary
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Updated Apr 3, 2014

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76% Approve of the CEO

University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon

Elizabeth Cannon

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Administration really needs to get its head in the game

Associate Professor (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at University of Calgary full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYour colleagues will generally be fantastic; thoughtful, intelligent, creative, caring individuals who genuinely want to do cutting edge research and teach at the top level.

ConsAdministration seems to think that the only goal of academic research should be commercial development. Silo mentalities block collaboration and progress. More often than not, we had to find ways to work together despite the administration, instead of being encouraged to do so.

Advice to Senior ManagementA university is not a company. Students are not 'customers'. Start treating faculty, staff, and students like intelligent people who genuinely want to learn and grow.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Professors. Not so good Institution.

PhD Student (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at University of Calgary full-time for more than 5 years

ProsLots of fantastic professors who really do try to make significant contributions to their field(s) and are dedicated to training.
Great City.

ConsNo real support for students pre/post graduation. Training can be horrific if you get in the wrong lab... although I imagine that is the case for lots of places. The quality of people they hire is not the quality that they train (solely in regards to publication record/quality).

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

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Not bad, not great.

Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

ProsIt's a great city to live in, the University has a strong commitment to becoming a high ranking research institution and is taking measures to support innovative research.

ConsSome disciplines don't fit the research platform very well and are forced to merge/cast aside. Impacts on undergraduate education unfortunate with bigger class sizes, little reward for professors who dedicate extra time to teaching. I look forward to getting out of academia, this career track for new/young researchers is a road of many personal sacrifices, and few rewards.

Advice to Senior ManagementInclude undergraduate research as a priority; find a way to actually recruit top talent and not just researchers who neatly fit the institutional growth plan, because innovation can only happen when you loosen the reigns to let your talent really run with new ideas. Reimburse staff more quickly for expenses incurred for work.

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

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Calgary

Prosnice enviorement to work with

Constoo cloud, too many people

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lots of wasted resources

Software Developer (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

Prosgood work/life balance. relaxed environment

Conspay is very low for living in calgary

Advice to Senior ManagementPay better

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A University as any other

Postdoctoral Fellow (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at University of Calgary full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAcademic life can be nice, flexible working hours, research oriented, international people, open-minded people.

ConsLong working hours if you want to do it right; no vacation if you want to achieve results; bad pay + benefits; no retirement plan; postdocs are treated as slaves/lower class lifeforms (1. Professors, 2. Students, 3. Permanent staff, 4. Postdocs are at a similar level as cleaning staff) by University; independent research difficult; Eyes High Program is a joke.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not fear participation of postdocs. We have brains and some of us are really smart. Why waste our labor?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Overeducation, underpayment

Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Calgary (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

ProsFantastic work environment and ethics. Very friendly people in the university and in town

ConsWinters are harsh to the point of killing

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A new university with a potential to become better!

Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I have been working at University of Calgary as a contractor for more than a year

ProsOne of the few places in Alberta to do biomedical research! *Huge input in research facilities. *Translational Medicine is the focus and encouraged by the university. * Few researchers are internationally famed *Undergraduate and masters education is good. *Employee benefits are okay. *Collaboration between researchers is encouraged. *Excellent library. *Relatively new university

Cons*Lack of original ideas. *Too much self-praise! *Lack of co-ordination between administration and supervisors. *Good policies, but no concrete results. *Like everyplace, some of the supervisors are awful. *Some supervisors can be disrespectful. *Too much inbreeding in hiring process. *Hard for outsiders to get hired by the university. *Supervisors lack confidence to hire outsiders based upon the candidate's qualifications. *May get a better job in the university if the hirer is known to you. *Less emphasis on safety at work. *No cellular signal reception at various part of the Foothills campus.

Advice to Senior Management*Do not allow anyone to hire their own or each-other's relatives. This reduces the productivity and is a disservice to the nation. *Update and improve the hiring policy. *Educate supervisors about respect and privacy of the employee.

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

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Financial Administrator - Student/Part Time (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at University of Calgary part-time for more than a year

ProsVery flexible to allow me to accommodate my schooling. They realized that school was the top priority and work was second to that, which helped a lot.

ConsThe work was pretty monotonous and similar throughout, so there wasn't much change, but that's to be expected for this type of position.

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In principle good environment, but complicated management structure

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

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

ProsAcademic Setting, nice campus and office space, free thinking environment, student interactions

ConsIndependent work is difficult. Contributing your own knowledge and agendas is difficult, if not impossible. Eyes High Goals nice on paper, but implementation is more than questionable. Investment strategies unclear. How can a university become a leading institution when young researchers are not supported and literally kicked out due to funding issues.

Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to junior researchers at postdoc level. The get the least support but are the ones who will help you to achieve your ambitious goals.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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