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  1. Got a look behind the curtain and chose to leave

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Victoria full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good undergraduate students, beer at the university center

    Cons

    Indecisive leadership, poor understanding of scientific infrastructure and the long term commitments required for success

    Advice to Management

    Be less risk averse and hold people accountable.

  2. PhD in University of Victoria

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Victoria full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best city to live weatherwise in Canada
    Very nice people
    Beautiful Campus
    Accessible facilities

    Cons

    very low possibility of getting fellowships and bursaries for non residents
    expensive city
    weak faculty (in mechanical engineering department)

  3. Beautiful place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Victoria full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The University of Victoria has jogging trails and beautiful forest all around it.

    Cons

    No union for research assistants. Grant-funded work in this area inhibits job security for the employee and research progress for the employer.

    Advice to Management

    In addition to a secretarial pool (Temporary Staffing Solutions), create an option that allows research assistants to remain at the University of Victoria so that you do not lose all the training and expertise in which you have invested so much.

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  5. This is a good environment to work in.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Victoria part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Active research activities, friendly and comfortable environment.

    Cons

    The scales of some research are not big.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to see more internal collaborations.

  6. Good academic work environement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Victoria full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The staff are friendly
    The university provides good health insurance
    There are very good students in the programs

    Cons

    There is no long-term opportunities
    The salaries are very salary
    There is no research budget

  7. It was great

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Victoria full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great weather , nice campus and good department

    Cons

    Far from other cities, need to get to vancouver by ferry

    Advice to Management

    Nice job

  8. Typical Union job environment

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    Current Employee - Various in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Various in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Victoria full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great wage and health benefits

    Cons

    Useless Management that does everything it takes to make sure they look good and don't rock the boat

  9. A beautiful place to work

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    Current Contractor - Computer Programmer in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Computer Programmer in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Victoria as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful city and friendly people

    Cons

    A little small, limited potential for growth

  10. Generally a good place to work with some health and security concerns

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Victoria part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Beautiful campus with some good perks (low cost public transit passes for some employees, free basic gym facilities, online and physical access to a fabulous library with thousands of academic journals). Fairly good wages and possibility of flex-time in some positions.

    Cons

    Some unions on campus have been without contract for some time and it is possible/likely there will be job action in September 2012. Layoffs may also be in the cards for the end of this year or the beginning of next. There is a wide pay disparity between management and other groups. Most disturbing however was the lack of repercussions among senior staff responsible for data security and confidentiality following the January 2012 theft of personal data (birthdates, banking info and the like) from a university building. Certain buildings on campus seem to be afflicted with 'sick building syndrome' and health of those who have worked in these buildings for a long time could be in jeopardy.

    Advice to Management

    Address the glaring disparity between executive pay rates and that of lower echelon employees especially. Look at the practice of laying people off during the summer and consider what that does for morale. Discipline or perhaps even terminate (or roll back pay?) those who have ultimate responsibility for data security and confidentiality of employee data. Negotiate fair terms with those unions whose contracts have expired.

  11. Great learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Lab Instructor
    Former Employee - Lab Instructor

    I worked at University of Victoria

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Victoria is beautiful and an amazing place to live.

    Cons

    One of the lowest salaries in Canadian post-secondary setting.

    Advice to Management

    More professional development opportunities for employees.

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