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University of Calgary Reviews in Calgary, AB

Updated Jul 22, 2014

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3.6 72 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon

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(28 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • The general pros of academia: flexible hours, minimal oversight(in 12 reviews)


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

  • Underpaid, upper management/ethics has a lot of overhead and it takes time to get a reply from them(in 3 reviews)

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    Fantastic environment and great pension/benefits

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

    ProsFlexible hours and fun environment

    ConsLacks leadership from various departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow through with suggestions from all exit interviews

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Research Assistant

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

    ProsI worked as a research assistant in the Dept. of Chemistry. Nice flexible hours. Pursue my desired research project.

    ConsPay is not good enough to support your living if you are married or have a family. The university has very annoying supply and chain management dept.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Currently employed within the Student Calling Program for fundraising initiatives.

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

    Pros-Excellent environment for students.
    -essentially the levels of the organization (student calling program) that one will see is maintained and operated by students.
    -a considerable level of autonomy from other departments within the organization

    Cons-due to the nature of the business running in conjunction with the academic year, the organization only operates for two months in the summer. Otherwise, this is a job anyone would feel comfortable in as a summer work term.

    Advice to Senior Management-N/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Research Assistant

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

    ProsResearch facilities, and social networking with academic people

    ConsLow salary, unstable job situation

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove the salary

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    Worked as a student worker in multiple positions.

    MM Assistant (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsConvenience of location, good pay, treated well by supervisors and other coworkers.

    ConsOften lacking direction about where to best put their student workers. My position had projects that had minimal direction, leading me to propose things that were ultimately rejected.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    ProsTeaching, learning, creating future leaders, influence future development processes

    ConsHeavy, mastodon, sort of educational institution

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore fairness in wealth distribution

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    I worked 2 years at the University of Calgary

    Instructor (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsThe people are nice, helpful.
    The availability of positions is good.
    The city has lots of mountain and views around the university.

    ConsThe city is pretty cold, since it has a long winter.
    The teaching is heavier than average, in the university level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore flexible in moving from one teaching position to professional position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Kickstart your experience with undegrad research

    Undergraduate Researcher (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsFriendly supervisors, lots of ideas, great community

    ConsUnderpaid, upper management/ethics has a lot of overhead and it takes time to get a reply from them

    Advice to Senior ManagementI worked at the Interactions Lab and didn't have a lot of issues; since my supervisor was busy, it was hard to get mentorship, but overall I was pleased. However, the upper management at the UofC can be improved. Financial decisions should be based on the students rather than the staff (e.g. renovations for Admin), and the SU should make better decisions for spending and opportunities for students (rather than just events/parties).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Studying chemistry at the University of Calgary was a positive experience.

    PhD Student (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsExcellent NMR facilities, helpful technical staff, glass blower, a few world class chemists, a few beautiful lab spaces.

    ConsDepartment can be somewhat apathetic at times, labs are spread around the campus, so the community is a bit disjointed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncentivize productive research.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great student job

    Information Navigator (Former Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsAlways happy with the role. Being an info navigator meant being part of a cohesive and efficient team.
    The job is great at teaching a variety of skills without being overwhelming

    ConsDuring the down time, the library might navigator job might seem like it is a thankless role
    Occasionally clients can be difficult to handle

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider to approach graduating student for promotion to other parts of the organization

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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