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University of Calgary Reviews in Calgary, AB

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
110 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For the most part, work-life balance is well supported by leadership (in 8 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and fun environment (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • little room for growth, no real advancement in place for post-docs (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Not bad if you are an actual employee

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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

    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
  2.  

    Excellent graduate school

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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 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    I liked my experience working as a research internship student at EERG (Energy Environment Research Group) , U of C

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    Former Employee - Research Internship Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Internship Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly Environment, Lots to learn.

    Cons

    I can't think of any as I didnt face any in my role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider Paying a little bit to research internship Students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    As a student job, I have worked in Digital Library

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

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

    Pros

    It is a friendly environment to get more experience in computers and printers

    Cons

    Most of the time, should handle two or three customer at the same time.

  10.  

    Rewarding Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great to make a difference in the lives of young people. Progressive, flexible. family-friendly environment. Many great academics and professionals to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    Large, top heavy, bureaucratic and slow to change. As in many post-secondary institutions, services are not what they could be as a result of significant funding cuts over the years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current president has the institution on the right track. Post-secondary education in Canada clearly needs a new business model if government funding is inconsistent and cannot be relied upon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic environment and great pension/benefits

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and fun environment

    Cons

    Lacks leadership from various departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through with suggestions from all exit interviews

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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