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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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    RA in U of A

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible work schedules, good working out facilities, good engineering reputation

    ConsThe students number is getting larger, some existing area like studying space might not seem enough

    Advice to Senior Managementmore efficient and hear more from the students

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    rich environment to learn in

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prossome of the best minds in education

    Consbudget cuts, reorganizations and layoffs

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

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood salary, great health care coverage, excellent retirement pension plan, flexible work hours

    Conspromotion seems to linked to seniority rather than ability (in some positions), parking is expensive and no reimbursement, office can be bland and boring, no staff lunch rooms or free coffee

    Advice to Senior Managementshould improve office physical environment for non-academic staff, reserve a room in each building for staff to warm their lunches and sit down to eat.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Graduate Research Assistant

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

    ProsAmazing research work at the university. As a masters student you get paid about 21-25k per year, and PhD students between 25-32K

    Conssignificant chunk of stipend gets deducted as fees, and lot of inequalities in stipend across different departments within engineering atleast.

    Advice to Senior Managementplease ensure uniformity in pay for similar positions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Positive work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people, good support, generally a healthy environment when not facing massive cuts to post-secondary education, per the 2013 calendar year.

    ConsRestrictive financial systems, delays in receiving claims, some silos of toxic personalities (though rare)

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    Best employer

    Software Programmer (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    Prosopen environment, best benefits, personal growth

    ConsNo training, most are post docs not actual staff, lots of deductions from pay cheques

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    U of A

    Pharmaceutical Technician (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsGood , helpful, good environment and teachers and students, scholorship[s, etc

    Conscols weather, bad winters, lots of snow and raining and slippery roads, pavements

    Advice to Senior Managementmake it better and better

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

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    Great university

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

    ProsGreat place to learn. Stipend was ok. Flexible working schedule. Able to meet and and make friends with people from all around the world. Most professors are quite nice and helpful.

    ConsOur department ran into money problems half-way throughout my program.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome professors need to be reminded that they were once grad students.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    friendly place to learn as a student

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

    ProsGreat place to learn whatever you want, knowledgeable professors and technicians, peaceful working environment.

    ConsThe working efficiency of the residence office is sometimes not ideal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove the service department of this university, especially residence office, they made too many mistakes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    mechanical engineering department

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThey teach fundamentals good and although not for all courses. Just go to the computing science or chemical engineering the rest is mediocre. That's it.

    ConsNot enough money is coming from oil and gas industry. Chemical Eng Dept has been much more successful to be recognized from the oil and gas industry. I recommend chemical eng over mechanical department

    Advice to Senior Managementlearn form chemical eng department

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