University of Calgary Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon
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45 Ratings

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

  • The general pros of academia: flexible hours, minimal oversight (in 13 reviews)

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

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

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  1. Loved it!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Graduate Program Administrator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Graduate Program Administrator in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Calgary as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very inspiring to come to work everyday with people who love what they do. Professors are very dedicated to their students which was awesome to see. Great training ground!

    Cons

    Union role so salaries are capped.

    Advice to Management

    Continuing doing what you are doing. lots of upward mobility as well as mobility between business units. Loved my time there.


  2. Very enjoyable experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Calgary as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High quality grad students and profs. Excellent instrumentation department.

    Cons

    Some labs a but run down


  3. admin assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture
    Good hours
    Great life/ work balance
    Benefits are decent

    Cons

    Support from management is limited


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  5. PhD candidate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good facilities in lab in chemical engineering department , you can advance very well in technology development and innovation , Flexible time

    Cons

    The payment is low and it's not enough for living, the quality of professors in not very good in teaching and guiding students works, the management of the budget is not really good

    Advice to Management

    It's better to invite more qualified professors with good experience in industry to define more practical projects for students and open good opportunities for them in industry.


  6. A pretty nice company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Calgary full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    time flexible without stress
    good benefit
    safe and clean working environment
    nice co-workers

    Cons

    low pay
    insecure job
    no enough growth space
    Bureaucracy and political struggle

    Advice to Management

    trust and respect the employee, provide more opportunities for the employee, cancel the Union


  7. Graduate student

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A nurturing environment, gives freedom to lead classes as a Teaching Assistant. Professors are open minded, willing to take advise and flexible enough to accommodate requests both as Instructors for courses and as colleagues when TA-ing.

    Cons

    Very happy here, wouldn't change a thing


  8. Great Place to work as a postdoctoral fellow

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and official support.

    Cons

    Postdoctoral researchers are treated as trainees.

    Advice to Management

    Grow and maintain.


  9. Easy Peezy Lemon Squeezy

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You're guaranteed to get paid what's agreed on.

    Cons

    If you don't understand the material you are teaching you could have to spend extra time preparing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  10. Very good.

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It's an academic institution, so there was a lot of room for me to grow. The school os well funded, due to the oil in the city economy. They are also planning on build a new building. Great faculty.

    Cons

    As a research assistant I didn't have much access to funds or my own office but the school was well equipped.

    Advice to Management

    Consider paying interns and make your role more clear with regards to the research taking place.


  11. Postdoc Fellow

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great for skiing, great for staying since, people friendly, campus is nice, Banff, Jasper, Canadian rockies close by.

    Cons

    cold in winter, housing crisis at the moment, large distances to travel, public transport not so good, isolated, not much in Alberta, reliant on oil and gas prices

    Advice to Management

    pay postdocs more



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