Simon Fraser University Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Simon Fraser University President & Vice-Chancellor Andrew Petter
Andrew Petter
33 Ratings

Pros
  • Good work/life balance and benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • Great researching atmosphere, nice people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Also low pay for research assistant (in 4 reviews)

  • Some of the negative aspects of working for Simon Fraser University is the hierarchy-like attitude of the professors (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Libtary

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

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, reliable hours, good pay

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement, but thats the nature of the profession.

    Advice to Management

    Find more ways to reward effort. Hire more recent grads to keep atmosphere current.


  2. 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


  3. Great research opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University part-time

    Pros

    Great research opportunity
    Nice weather
    Friendly professors

    Cons

    The rent is too high (although it is general in Vancouver).


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

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    working hours are flexible here

    Cons

    i don't have cons here


  6. LAB ASSITANT

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Surrey, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work environment is great , peers are great

    Cons

    None all is ok


  7. Temporary student worker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Simon Fraser University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent wages for part time contract work. Union is a plus.

    Cons

    Staff culture felt like a division between permanent and temp staff as temps have such high turnover.
    Gaining full time status seems like a huge hurdle.


  8. Jr Business Analyst

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

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University

    Pros

    good work life balance, flexible hours

    Cons

    career development, training opportunity, mentorship


  9. Clerk Grade 5 Positions

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

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - stable job, depending on the department, can be a good environment
    - good health benefits and other services available on campus

    Cons

    - not a lot of opportunities to advance, especially with funding cuts
    - a lot of competition for higher grade posts

    Advice to Management

    - had good managers in most of the positions I have held at the university
    - for the mediocre ones, not to micro-manage, trust your staff to do their job


  10. Teaching Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Simon Fraser University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work is interesting, was able to teach

    Cons

    The pay is low, the hours and demands on your time are high

    Advice to Management

    better pay and flexibility for marking


  11. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simon Fraser University

    Pros

    Great place to work and learn

    Cons

    Not enough benefits for students



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