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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

4.0 129 reviews

64% Approve of the CEO

University of Alberta President Indira V. Samarasekera

Indira V. Samarasekera

(56 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent work environment and atmosphere(in 15 reviews)

  • Good , helpful, good environment and teachers and students, scholorship(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • pay is low, coworkers not bad, bad benefit package(in 4 reviews)

  • low salary 2) low opportunity for advancement 3) overworked and underpaid(in 5 reviews)

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    It's a personal preference

    Research Assistant (Former Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsRelaxed environment, stable work/life, good health benefits, credit for free courses. It's nice to be surrounded by young students, full of energy and life.

    ConsLittle room to grow. I could see myself 20 years down the road doing the same thing at the same position. I've known quite a few technicians and staff working there for life. I guess it's a good thing if you want a stable job and life, and can live with the same routine forever.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good environment in general

    Graduate Student (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsIt is very serious about research, and the university has wonderful library services and data support. Other amenities are also satisfactory.

    ConsThe location is slightly isolated from other major cities except Calgary. Due to the location the university faces difficulty to invite top researchers to give talks on a regular basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI hope the university can consider strategic partnership with top Asian schools. This may help the university's overall reputation and attract more Asian students - good way to make money.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Upper management has lost touch with the front line workers.

    Receptionist (Former Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsThere are Educational Opportunities available.

    ConsDue to the massive downsizing, there are a lot of very unhappy people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is time to clean out upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent benefits, including support for advanced education. There is lots of opportunity to learn about different parts of the university. Flex-time was a great perk for those who have families and outside commitments.

    ConsDecisions were slow to be made. Cross-faculty cooperation could sometimes be difficult because of competing interests. Hiring for a vacant position took much longer than typical in a corporate environment, meaning qualified candidates could get a better offer while a decision was yet to be made.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Experience

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsGreat people and good working environment

    Conspay is little bit low but other than this nothing negative.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsBenefit were excellent, work was challenging and rewarding. Was able to be a part of a world class research group and worked for an amazing professor.

    ConsCurrent budget cuts to the education system in Alberta have left some departments in dire straights. Wages were good, but not great. The University president has made some questionable choices during her tenure.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Excellent Experience and Skill Building

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA warm welcoming environment where everyone wants you to succeed and develop new skills. Positions are often short term 1-5 years and thus positions are excellent for current students or recent graduates.

    ConsWork hours can fluctuate depending on position. Salaries are generally low-medium range. The building is currently undergoing a renovation so office space might be tight.

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

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    Grad student - chemical and materials engineering

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsActive research community. Lots of events and opportunities to collaborate and share research.

    ConsWorkspace: Current student office space is not ideal. Should be remedied following the completion of the new chemical engineering

    Advice to Senior ManagementFinish the chemical engineering building.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good place to study

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood environment and work life balance

    Consthe very cold and long winters in the city

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

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    Good for studying while working`

    Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsValues,
    Time Frame Flexibility
    Broad Range for Choices

    ConsLow Income
    Slow process for each paper work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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