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University of Calgary Reviews in Calgary, AB

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
119 Reviews
3.8
119 Reviews
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University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good salaries and work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and fun environment (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Low salary, unstable job situation (in 4 reviews)

  • No real cons, it was good working there (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Reservoir characterization, microseismic analysis, seismic interpretation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very good learning experience at UofC.

    Cons

    There is nothing i can mention here.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a very hard job to do, but you are compensated fairly, and it is good experience.

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    Current Employee - Student Caller in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student Caller in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    You can self schedule, so it fits around school. Shifts are only 3.5 hours long, and you must work a minimum of 2 per week.

    Cons

    Listening to a phone ring for 3 hours is hard. Not that much training, and it is hard to keep spirits up when people are rude and yell at you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good university

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Calgary part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    best university in the city

    Cons

    do not approve of president/ceo cannon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care about students more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    my experience is ok here

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    good salaries and work-life balance

    Cons

    the lack of departmental facilities and equipments

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not bad if you are an actual employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive and benefits are very good. Excellent health plan and health spending account. Company pension plan is always a plus. Unionized. Lots of services available to staff on campus, doctors, massage, chrio, optometrist, dentists, pharmacy.

    Cons

    union protects the weak, so it can be hard to get rid of dead weight. it is also difficult to get a position. Trainees are not considered employees and have different benefits and are not unionized. Trainees are paid poorly. the politics at an educational institution are hard to deal with, lots of red tape.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent graduate school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great training environment for graduate students. Within certain faculties there are a lot of opportunities for scholarships and awards. Ample opportunity to attend scientific conferences.

    Cons

    Lots of variation between different faculties and supervisors. Minimum stipends and funding opportunities vary drastically between faculties, programs, and even labs. Very heavy workload in comparison to amount of pay. Even with a good (ie. $30000/year) stipend, it's hard to live in comfortably in Calgary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good employer

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    Former Employee - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and fair wages

    Cons

    Faculty members can be difficult and stubborn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support programs developed by other departments to ensure the faculties adhere to it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    research assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    a good intercultural working environment

    Cons

    vacation plan is good for us

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no better advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Meaningful work and great people

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    Current Employee - Director in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Calgary full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are great and the work I'm doing is very meaningful. There is a high commitment to respect in the workplace and new training and learning opportunities are becoming available. Engagement of staff seems to be a strong priority going forward.

    Cons

    Compensation levels are certainly lower than corporate Calgary. Great defined benefit pension, which is almost unheard of in corporate environments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Changes are good . . keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Funding to the Graduate Student should be encounter and CO-OP or Internship program should launch for graduate student.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Your colleagues will generally be fantastic, intelligent and creative individuals who genuinely want to do cutting edge research and teach at the top level

    Cons

    they have only goal of academic research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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