University of Calgary

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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated February 10, 2015
Updated February 10, 2015
30 Reviews
3.0
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Pros
  • good salaries and work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and fun environment (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Low salary, unstable job situation (in 4 reviews)

  • No real cons, it was good working there (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working here as a research and teaching assisstant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    People here are so nice and they sometimes are very good knowledge sources.

    Cons

    In some labs, equipment are too old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess more funding is definitely favourable.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a very hard job to do, but you are compensated fairly, and it is good experience.

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    Current Employee - Student Caller in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student Caller in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    You can self schedule, so it fits around school. Shifts are only 3.5 hours long, and you must work a minimum of 2 per week.

    Cons

    Listening to a phone ring for 3 hours is hard. Not that much training, and it is hard to keep spirits up when people are rude and yell at you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Funding to the Graduate Student should be encounter and CO-OP or Internship program should launch for graduate student.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Your colleagues will generally be fantastic, intelligent and creative individuals who genuinely want to do cutting edge research and teach at the top level

    Cons

    they have only goal of academic research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    As a student job, I have worked in Digital Library

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    Current Employee - Student Navigator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student Navigator in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Calgary part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It is a friendly environment to get more experience in computers and printers

    Cons

    Most of the time, should handle two or three customer at the same time.

  6.  

    Casual Job- Brief Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Teaching, learning, creating future leaders, influence future development processes

    Cons

    Heavy, mastodon, sort of educational institution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More fairness in wealth distribution

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and generally friendly working enviroment

    Cons

    Low payment, high working pressure

  8.  

    Administration really needs to get its head in the game

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Administration 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 ManagementAdvice

    A 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Professors. Not so good Institution.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not bad, not great.

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

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

    Pros

    It'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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Include 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    nice enviorement to work with

    Cons

    too cloud, too many people

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