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University of Alberta Reviews in Edmonton, AB

Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
109 Reviews
3.9
109 Reviews
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University of Alberta President Indira V. Samarasekera
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109 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The great studying and working environment (in 19 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance, good vacation, good benefits, lots of opportunities to advance (e (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Budget cuts are causing lots of restructuring and confusion (in 8 reviews)

  • low salary 2) low opportunity for advancement 3) overworked and underpaid (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Horticulture Staff in Devon, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Horticulture Staff in Devon, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Alberta

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    Great team building atmosphere
    Excellent Management
    Was asked to return for seasonal position and job was secured well in advance

    Cons

    Weather would be a challenge for someone not used to working outside.

  2.  

    A great place to work and study

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Pros

    Professional and friendly environment- university administration works efficiently and it's almost online

    Cons

    Less funding and fellowship opportunities comparing to other top Canadian universities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent, very rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Pros

    Great benefits and excellent work-life balance. Get access to the latest technologies and build interesting applications.

    Cons

    Salary somewhat low, but makes up with the work-life balance and benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    working at U of A

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good environment, good people, nice boss

    Cons

    weather too cold, winter too long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    alright, they are quite friendly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    CAPS has excellent part time opportunities for students

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Career Peer Educator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Career Peer Educator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -supportive and friendly coworkers
    -CAPS is very good in helping the CPEs develop transferrable skills
    -learnt ALOT of resume/cover letter/interview strategies
    -decent pay
    -on campus work

    Cons

    -steep learning curve in the beginning
    -can get busy during exam time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A good place to start work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Alberta as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of projects on going and/or start.
    Many collaboration oppotunities for research.
    Friendly working environment.

    Cons

    The winter is too long and get depress when it did not end in April.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    HR Job - Slow to Change, slow to pay it's student employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It all depends on the department / faculty you're in. Some give employees great perks and a fun work atmosphere. Others are so stagnant in the way they do things.

    Current Perks:
    1. days off around Christmas (nice for those with kids in daycare when daycares close)
    2. Access to funds for education (HRDF and Tuition Remission)
    3. LOTS of sick days

    Cons

    My current dept won't consider things like flex time and is not willing to change with the times. Very slow to make decisions, decisions are based on favouritism or 'who you know' rather than actual merit or sound judgement.

    Cons:
    1. Everything moves at a snail's pace
    2. Central HR is disorganized and not helpful
    3. No flow of information between units/departments/positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CHANGE IT. It's not 1990! Don't be afraid of new technologies that will make the workplace more productive and each employee more satisfied with what they accomplish.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    my experience at University of Alberta

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    abundant PDF association meeting opportunities
    great working environment

    Cons

    university on a budget cut

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good academic culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Properly value the academic contribution

    Cons

    Recent budge cut affected the hiring process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase more budget on research.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits winter closure helpful it dept

    Cons

    None there are no complaints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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