University of Calgary
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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014

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76% Approve of the CEO

University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon

Elizabeth Cannon

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "No real cons, it was good working there"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Eyes High Goals nice on paper, but implementation is more than questionable"
    in 2 reviews
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Studying chemistry at the University of Calgary was a positive experience.

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

I have been working at University of Calgary full-time for more than 5 years

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)

I worked at University of Calgary part-time for more than a year

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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Administration really needs to get its head in the game

Associate Professor (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

ProsYour colleagues will generally be fantastic; thoughtful, intelligent, creative, caring individuals who genuinely want to do cutting edge research and teach at the top level.

ConsAdministration seems to think that the only goal of academic research should be commercial development. Silo mentalities block collaboration and progress. More often than not, we had to find ways to work together despite the administration, instead of being encouraged to do so.

Advice to Senior ManagementA university is not a company. Students are not 'customers'. Start treating faculty, staff, and students like intelligent people who genuinely want to learn and grow.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Calgary

ProsFlexible work schedule, option to work a 4 day compressed work week, if agreed with department head, time off for holidays, weekends, maternity and paternity leave, lots of support for non profit educational and health activities.

ConsInstitution does not pay bonuses. Nevertheless, its understandable given the limited revenue sources, and uncertainty regarding provincial revenues.

Advice to Senior ManagementOn-going job specific employee training should be emphasized

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Good employer for work-life balance

Specialist Advisor (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

ProsGood work-life balance
Good coworkers
Decent benefits

ConsLimited opportunity to take risks and perform tasks outside your designated job profile
Union rules limit innovation and are a detriment to work ethic (why work hard when you don't have to?)
Painfully slow change process

Advice to Senior ManagementFind ways to reward people who go above and beyond their job profile, and who work hard for you. There are too many people who are just satisfied staying stagnant in their job skill set, and taking their scheduled 15-minute breaks and lunch breaks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Professors. Not so good Institution.

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

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

ProsLots of fantastic professors who really do try to make significant contributions to their field(s) and are dedicated to training.
Great City.

ConsNo real support for students pre/post graduation. Training can be horrific if you get in the wrong lab... although I imagine that is the case for lots of places. The quality of people they hire is not the quality that they train (solely in regards to publication record/quality).

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have had tremendous opportunity for career development.

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

I have been working at University of Calgary full-time for more than 10 years

Prosautonomy, flexibility, location, work environment, community engagement

Consfunding is always an issue for job retention in research

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Graduate Student Researcher (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at University of Calgary full-time for less than a year

ProsSome good labs, some weak ones. An under rated and under appreciated University.

ConsWell, you're a grad student. What else can I say?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nice employer

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

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

ProsNice employer. No pressure

ConsManagement , promotion chance, salary freeze, benefits

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not build too big office for yourself

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not bad, not great.

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

I have been working at University of Calgary full-time for more than a year

ProsIt's a great city to live in, the University has a strong commitment to becoming a high ranking research institution and is taking measures to support innovative research.

ConsSome disciplines don't fit the research platform very well and are forced to merge/cast aside. Impacts on undergraduate education unfortunate with bigger class sizes, little reward for professors who dedicate extra time to teaching. I look forward to getting out of academia, this career track for new/young researchers is a road of many personal sacrifices, and few rewards.

Advice to Senior ManagementInclude undergraduate research as a priority; find a way to actually recruit top talent and not just researchers who neatly fit the institutional growth plan, because innovation can only happen when you loosen the reigns to let your talent really run with new ideas. Reimburse staff more quickly for expenses incurred for work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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