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Simon Fraser University Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
95 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 7 reviews)

  • Great researching atmosphere, nice people (in 5 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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  1.  

    Great place to learn and work

    • Comp & Benefits
    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.  

    Teaching Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simon Fraser University as a contractor

    Pros

    good hours, high pay, no stress

    Cons

    nothing serious that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give more training to new TAs

  3.  

    process analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Process Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    convenient and good quality management. great entry level position

    Cons

    change takes time to impliment but thats part of the fun.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Stable & secure 9 to 5 office work [not teaching work review]

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    • 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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    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 (more than an 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
  7.  

    Can be great if you fit within a standard academic job or admin model.

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

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and benefits. Lots of smart people. More flexible work arrangements.

    Cons

    Slow to adopt innovative practice. Very outdated administration protocols. Dead wood. Lots of nepotism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create flexible, interdisciplinary shared positions which fairly compensate and encourages them to stay. Consider a better mix of hires beyond traditional academic hires. Invest in hiring mature experience instead of relying on students or recent grads for budget reasons. PSE is too competitive now to NOT bring in experienced external talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    A really great experience as a co-op intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    Nice place for research

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great researching atmosphere, nice people

    Cons

    loose schedule, too flexible working environment

    Recommends
  11.  

    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 (more than an 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

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