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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
123 Reviews
3.9
123 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    teaching assisstant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    There are great opportunities to teach tutorials for the courses you like. The instructors are generally nice.

    Cons

    Some weeks are very busy for teaching assistants and it might affect their own course work.
    Some courses have much more work to do than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the work required of teaching assistants for every course about the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent University

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Wide range of disciplines and topics to study.

    Well-known body of profs across Canada.

    Decent and extensive services for students.

    Cons

    Too much workload for TAs in Computer Science Dept. So if you have TA it would be hard to do research.

    Recommends
  3.  

    good place to upgrade

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    practical and innovative approach of education

    Cons

    classes needs to be more Interactive

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  5.  

    good university

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    best university in the city

    Cons

    do not approve of president/ceo cannon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care about students more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    my experience is ok here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    good salaries and work-life balance

    Cons

    the lack of departmental facilities and equipments

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good for grad students, very dependant on department though

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary part-time

    Pros

    This is a young university trying really hard to break into the top. Because of this, they treat their incoming students well and try and lure people to Calgary with decent perks like good funding, travel compensation, and reasonable hours.

    Cons

    This is a young university that is growing rapidly and because of this there are some interesting politics that occur. Also some procedures and policies are still being ironed out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    yes, you can work for a great organization that makes a difference in the world

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Faculty and instructors work very hard to create good outcomes for students. Leadership Team communicates how they want the organization to change but also what the organization will become

    Cons

    lack of competitive salaries and benefits creates the most friction as Calgary is a very expensive city with a very low rental rate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not bad if you are an actual employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive and benefits are very good. Excellent health plan and health spending account. Company pension plan is always a plus. Unionized. Lots of services available to staff on campus, doctors, massage, chrio, optometrist, dentists, pharmacy.

    Cons

    union protects the weak, so it can be hard to get rid of dead weight. it is also difficult to get a position. Trainees are not considered employees and have different benefits and are not unionized. Trainees are paid poorly. the politics at an educational institution are hard to deal with, lots of red tape.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and fair wages

    Cons

    Faculty members can be difficult and stubborn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support programs developed by other departments to ensure the faculties adhere to it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice.. Short and sweet

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Calgary as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice environment and good place to learn.. Have lot of opportunities for new ideas

    Cons

    Procedures and processes.. takes time to get approved as the process is long and time consuming..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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