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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
159 Reviews
4.0
159 Reviews
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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.  

    Summer Student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Alberta

    Pros

    Good hours, good pay, caring employer

    Cons

    training was a bit slow

  2.  

    Information Services & Technology is a terrific employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    Very agile, future-focused team of smart IT people, dedicated to improving IT on the U of A campus and to developing and advancing their people.

    Cons

    The university environment large and therefore a bit of a bureaucracy, so the pace of change is not always as fast as people would like.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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  5.  

    Good place to start but not a good one to stay

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    • 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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Almost flexible working schedule, friendly staff

    Cons

    the quality of grad courses is not good. Payment is not good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Graduate Research Assistant

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    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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please ensure uniformity in pay for similar positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Best employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Programmer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Programmer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    open environment, best benefits, personal growth

    Cons

    No training, most are post docs not actual staff, lots of deductions from pay cheques

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    U of A

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

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make it better and better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great university

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Former Graduate Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Former Graduate Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some professors need to be reminded that they were once grad students.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    friendly place to learn as a student

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the service department of this university, especially residence office, they made too many mistakes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    mechanical engineering department

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Pros

    They 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.

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    learn form chemical eng department

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