University of Alberta Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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University of Alberta President Indira V. Samarasekera
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Pros
  • The great studying and working environment (in 19 reviews)

  • good work life balance for student and families (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. Okay Place to Work not got to go to school

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta (More than a year)

    Pros

    Had a very difficult time during phd program. Professors were unhelpful and the central admin did nothing to assist.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, difficult to find helpful people to work with when in need of assistance.


  2. Good place to focus on study

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It provides many opportunities to those who are capable

    Cons

    The whether is too cold


  3. rich environment to learn in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    some of the best minds in education

    Cons

    budget cuts, reorganizations and layoffs


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  5. No advancement opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    Great hours, fantastic benefits package and a beautiful campus (away from the hospital side) outdoors.

    Cons

    Constant fear of cuts due to government cut-backs; more-so if you are a support staff member. Support and casual staff can be poorly treated and disrespected by academics. Once you are in it's not like your 'foot is in the door' and you can grow within. Internal staff compete with external on jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Before promoting someone to a position of 'supervisor' or 'manager' (of people), there should be mandatory workshops in how to treat staff. People are granted higher positions because they know the job - not because they know how to treat people. Bullying is spawned and fostered as did management before them


  6. Hard to love

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefit and stable job position. Enjoy more time with family and having a lot of holiday time. Nice working environment.

    Cons

    The most significant drawback of working in University of Alberta is the lower salary (mostly the pay is base on 7 hour per day). In addition, there is no long-term stability.

    Advice to Management

    Long-term stability is a focus in my selection of a job position, which is especially important when the pay is not so good.


  7. University of Alberta

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice and relaxing working environment meeting new people and cultures

    Cons

    salary not very encouraging though depends on position

    Advice to Management

    review salary especially of researchers like postdoctoral fellows


  8. Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Great People, flexible hours and great office environment

    Cons

    -Low pay in the beginning


  9. Postive and excellent work experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with leaders in the field

    Cons

    Most research jobs are contract based on grant funding


  10. Worked as a RA and Graduate student, generally speaking your experience is dependent on your professor and your researc

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly place, not super competitive

    Cons

    low quality of teaching, professors do not put a lot of focus on teaching

    Advice to Management

    Policy should be made to prevent U of A PhD to become a faculty unless outstanding achievement has been achieved. I think it is hard to make word class university while permitting graduates to take teaching or researching position within the same school


  11. A fine place to work and learn something

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Low working hours and the salary is fine. Working environment is friendly and colleges are pretty nice.

    Cons

    One might feel a little bit bored after teaching a few years



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