Dalhousie University Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Very friendly coworkers, casual work environment, two credits free per semester (if you could get your manager to approve) (in 4 reviews)

  • Nice environment, beautiful city (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay and not equal - varies per professor (in 2 reviews)

  • Halifax is one expensive city to live in (in 4 reviews)

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  1. I loved to work with Dalhousie University.

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I worked at Dalhousie University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They hiring procedure is tranparant. They usually don't fire people. They offer competitive salary.

    Cons

    It is not in a big city. Do not have much industry around. In order to grow you have to move to a bigger city.

    Advice to Management

    Management should arrange more recreation to its employees. They might lower tuition fees. Good faculty members should be hired and also minimize teacher's strike.

  2. Student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Dalhousie University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    One of the best culture

    Cons

    Different Master's Structure compare to other Universities

  3. Reasonable Graduate Teaching Assistant conditions but variable by faculty supervisor

    Former Employee - Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I worked at Dalhousie University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - unionized graduate teaching assistants and research assistants
    - decent pay rates
    - some faculty supervisors were very conscientious about not exceeding allotted paid hours for teaching assistants
    - opportunities for teaching professional development workshops
    - opportunity to engage with passionate undergraduate students

    Cons

    - teaching assistants vulnerable to being pushed to work additional, unpaid hours by faculty supervisors
    - lack of transparency in awarding contracts

    Advice to Management

    Over-reliance on and exploitation of contract instructors, sessional lecturers and adjuncts entrenches a culture in which under-paid labour of graduate students and non-tenure faculty supports the University's teaching and research mandates. Full-time employment and adequate compensation for all teaching staff is essential to realize the potential of all students and researchers at the institution.

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  5. Graduate Student Pharmacology

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dalhousie University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great department, enjoyed working there

    Cons

    Low pay, few opportunities for teaching.

  6. It was a good experience - flexible hours and good supervision.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I worked at Dalhousie University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - interesting work, mostly related to networks and machine learning
    - flexible hours and supervisor will give you things that you are interested in
    - helpful team members
    - good supervision

    Cons

    - mostly research work so you have to push yourself
    - a lot of self learning to do which is not really a con
    - i cannot think of any other cons

  7. Decent place to work

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    Current Employee - AV Assistant in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - AV Assistant in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Dalhousie University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent part-time prospects
    Friendly culture
    Well-organized top management

    Cons

    Do not expect higher perks from part-time

  8. pc support Technician

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    Former Contractor - PC/Laptop Support Technician in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Former Contractor - PC/Laptop Support Technician in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I worked at Dalhousie University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work, good people

    Cons

    seem to change jobs every couple of years

  9. Pockets of excellence

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Dalhousie University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Enables innovation by providing a collegial and collaborative environment for faculty, students and administrative workers. The University is in a community that enables excellence.

    Cons

    The workload is not evenly distributed; partly because the menu of attractive activities is so large that some people find it hard to restrain their enthusiasm.

    Advice to Management

    Support innovation and increase collaboration with private sector and government.

  10. Viewpoint of a Grad Student: Poor bureaucracy, good freedoms.

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    Current Employee - Physics and Atmospheric Science Graduate Student in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Physics and Atmospheric Science Graduate Student in Halifax, NS (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Location: Halifax is an excellent small city that feels like a big city.
    Reputation: Dalhousie focuses on research instead of students, and the excellent work coming out of this university (and mediocre student experience) reflect that.
    Money: The good reputation of the school means the prof. generally have more money to hire grad students with.
    Research opportunities for Undergrads: For those undergrads that want lab experience, there are ample opportunities in the sciences to get lab positions while still in undergrad.
    Co-Curricular Record: Official stuff you do outside your studies gets officially recorded for the benefit of your resume.
    Support Services: Whether you're an international student or a typical grad student suffering from depression there are free support services that are quite helpful.
    Control over your time: Depending on your supervisor, you can have quite a bit of control over how much time you work/vacation.

    Cons

    Payroll: How they manage to make a mistake in my pay every September, I don't know. Their organization must be a complex maze for as many errors to surface as I've seen in simple things like renewing your pay for a new year.
    General paperwork for the program: It takes a while to figure out what has to be signed and who has to sign it. See complex maze comment above.
    Grad student classes: The professors do not get any real credit for teaching graduate student level classes, so they don't tend to put a lot of effort in and the result is poorly taught classes.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your professors for teaching Graduate Student level classes.
    Any future professor hires should be done with teaching as a/the focus of your interview.
    Professor/grad student relations could be greatly enhanced by enticing/forcing supervisors to learn people management and project management skills. This would increase research output considerably by increasing grad student mental health and morale.

  11. Geospatial Data Analyst

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    Former Employee - Geospatial Analyst in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Geospatial Analyst in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I worked at Dalhousie University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good collective. A lot of new information and data to deal with. The cooperative environment is one of the higher in the region

    Cons

    You have to keep uptodate reading all hte instructional documents and very short instruction period before getting into the tasks

    Advice to Management

    A better initial instruction to the new staff.

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