Simon Fraser University

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Simon Fraser University Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.9 86 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

Simon Fraser University President & Vice-Chancellor Andrew Petter

Andrew Petter

(32 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Great place to learn and work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosover students part time work in various departments

    Conslong commute times up the mountian

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

    IT Services/Help Desk (Current Employee) Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    ProsThis 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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    ConsSince 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 Senior Management- 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"

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Many temporary opportunities

    Seasonal Instructor (Current Employee) Surrey, BC (Canada)

    ProsLots 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.

    ConsMost 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Lecturer (Former Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsBeautiful 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.

    ConsSmall things (like offices) can get very political

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good co-op experience, but limited growth

    Social Media and Marketing Intern (Former Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsProfessional yet casual office environment at the Segal office. The people are friendly and approachable. Management is willing to give interns responsibilities and help when needed. The pay (for co-op) is decent.

    ConsLimited growth for employees who strive to learn more and try new things. Communication and operations can be a bit slow and disorganized.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Research Engineer

    Research Engineer (Current Employee) Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    ProsA great place to learn things. Nice campus. Low stress. Nice people (most of the time)

    ConsLow pay for the research personnel. Low career prospect. A mid bridge positions

    Advice to Senior ManagementI am satisfied with my supervisor. He is a really nice guy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great experience

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    ProsThe work has good pay and good benefits. Great work experience

    ConsNothing really. A must-do job for graduate students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood work!

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    Good pay with flexible working days

    Graphic & Web Designer (Current Employee) Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    ProsAs a contractor, the pay is pretty good, flexible hours, friendly and respectful staff, and they can provide you with equipment/tools you need. The position is quite stable and can lead to full-time permanent.

    ConsAs the only designer, there is not much growth in both the trade as well as promotion, but it is a good entry-level position. Good as a temporary job, but don't see it as a long-term position, although they want to keep you as long as possible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    That is great!

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Surrey, BC (Canada)

    Prosit has a good learning environment.

    ConsThe low salary and short term contract.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease increase the salary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start your working experience

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    ProsLots of help for new-comers, friendly environment

    ConsLow wage, often had to come on weekend

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