Simon Fraser University

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Simon Fraser University Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
92 Reviews
4.0
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Simon Fraser University President & Vice-Chancellor Andrew Petter
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is also a strong value promoted by the University (in 5 reviews)

  • Great opportunities to move around departments once you are a full time employee (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay for the research personnel (in 4 reviews)

  • job as research assistant was difficult to keep (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to learn and work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University

    Pros

    over students part time work in various departments

    Cons

    long commute times up the mountian

  2.  

    Stable & secure 9 to 5 office work [not teaching work review]

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Simon Fraser University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stability, union security, free education benefit, work-life balance

    Cons

    Slow professional growth, office politics, bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stay up to date and adapt modern management techniques.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Simon Fraser University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great pay when you consider the hours you're working
    - Great learning experience
    - Work and study at the same location

    Cons

    - No teaching training
    - Some other TAs are unqualified and gives the rest of the TAs a bad reputation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Research assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University part-time

    Pros

    It is a great place for students looking for working experience.

    Cons

    Some supervisors are not coming to school at all

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    A really great experience as a co-op intern

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Social Media and Marketing(Full-time Co-op)  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Social Media and Marketing(Full-time Co-op) in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Simon Fraser University as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly work environment, encouraging and responsible supervisors, a place to learn and grow. Overall a great experience.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay very much and sometimes unchallenging work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the intern more challenging work to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Nice place for research

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Surrey, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great researching atmosphere, nice people

    Cons

    loose schedule, too flexible working environment

    Recommends
  8.  

    Review for Simon Fraser University

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Simon Fraser University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    They were ok. I worked there for a while in a particular department and was able to learn a fair bit.

    Cons

    Not much in terms on cons really. They used standard development methodology in their IT areas which has negative aspects, but it has good as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Flexible and friendly place to work to earn money towards the overly expensive tuition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Services/Help Desk  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Services/Help Desk in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is a part- time work that is right at school. They make the effort to accommodate around class schedule and others. Permanent staff are friendly and very helpful. It is a very good working culture there. For those who will put in the effort has the potential to learn some technical things.

    - Flexible hours
    - Fun environment
    - Good pay
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    Cons

    Since it is a good paying job it is hard to land. You have to keep trying and just get lucky. You do not learn very much as this is just a general help desk job.

    - Can get tediously boring
    - Some students and staff are not very friendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep up the good work with training
    - Set expectations and standards at work
    - Give general directions, so there are opportunities for employees to "step up"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Many temporary opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasonal Instructor  in  Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Instructor in Surrey, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for work for extremely varied skillsets. They make an effort to hire students for many of their positions and pay is generally quite good. The supervisors and people I worked with were always kind, fair, and enthusiastic about their work.

    Cons

    Most available jobs are contract and temporary positions and continuing positions are much less common. You can thus find yourself re-applying for your job every 4 months, which can get tiring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lecturer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Simon Fraser University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, faculty that care about career development. The downtown locations (especially the graduate business school) is world class. Good mix of teaching and research in faculty.

    Cons

    Small things (like offices) can get very political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the expanding pool of "deans" relative to the shrinking pool of tenure track! I suppose this is true everywhere, but that doesn't make it a positive trend.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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