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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
102 Reviews
3.8
102 Reviews
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University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For the most part, work-life balance is well supported by leadership (in 8 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and fun environment (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • little room for growth, no real advancement in place for post-docs (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Meaningful work and great people

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great and the work I'm doing is very meaningful. There is a high commitment to respect in the workplace and new training and learning opportunities are becoming available. Engagement of staff seems to be a strong priority going forward.

    Cons

    Compensation levels are certainly lower than corporate Calgary. Great defined benefit pension, which is almost unheard of in corporate environments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Changes are good . . keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I liked my experience working as a research internship student at EERG (Energy Environment Research Group) , U of C

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Research Internship Student  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Internship Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly Environment, Lots to learn.

    Cons

    I can't think of any as I didnt face any in my role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider Paying a little bit to research internship Students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Teaching assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Good salary and opportunities to work with other teachers

    Cons

    Repetitive work and too much work

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  5.  

    Rewarding Work

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

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

    Pros

    Great to make a difference in the lives of young people. Progressive, flexible. family-friendly environment. Many great academics and professionals to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    Large, top heavy, bureaucratic and slow to change. As in many post-secondary institutions, services are not what they could be as a result of significant funding cuts over the years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current president has the institution on the right track. Post-secondary education in Canada clearly needs a new business model if government funding is inconsistent and cannot be relied upon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great perks, little pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    benefits are good. depending on your supervisor it can be a really great experience. conferences and lots of room for professional development

    Cons

    little room for growth, no real advancement in place for post-docs. Taxed as employees, but do not pay into and therefore do not qualify for EI.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fantastic environment and great pension/benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours and fun environment

    Cons

    Lacks leadership from various departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through with suggestions from all exit interviews

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant

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    • 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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked as a research assistant in the Dept. of Chemistry. Nice flexible hours. Pursue my desired research project.

    Cons

    Pay is not good enough to support your living if you are married or have a family. The university has very annoying supply and chain management dept.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Research facilities, and social networking with academic people

    Cons

    Low salary, unstable job situation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the salary

  10.  

    Worked as a student worker in multiple positions.

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

    I have been working at University of Calgary as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Convenience of location, good pay, treated well by supervisors and other coworkers.

    Cons

    Often lacking direction about where to best put their student workers. My position had projects that had minimal direction, leading me to propose things that were ultimately rejected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I worked 2 years at the University of Calgary

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

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

    Pros

    The people are nice, helpful.
    The availability of positions is good.
    The city has lots of mountain and views around the university.

    Cons

    The city is pretty cold, since it has a long winter.
    The teaching is heavier than average, in the university level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexible in moving from one teaching position to professional position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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