University of Calgary Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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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. Graduate student

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    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

  2. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

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

    Pros

    Some of the labs are strong and you can publish good papers there. The campus is lively. The campus facilities are great.

    Cons

    The career prospect and life/work balance you have largely depends on which lab/research group you are in. But this applies to any graduate school.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on going!

  3. Great Place to work as a postdoctoral fellow

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    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.

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  5. U of C Information Technology

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Calgary

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

    Pros

    University of Calgary is an appealing and prestigious institution that looks good on the resume.

    Cons

    Would not recommend working for the Information Technology area.
    Inadequate IT experience/expertise of Senior level managers who work against each other and contra IT tried and true practices is a significant draw back.

  6. Easy Peezy Lemon Squeezy

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    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!

  7. Good place for research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good for postdoctoral fellows. They have competitive benefits and salaries for the most of postdoctoral fellows.

    Cons

    Nothing has been found so far.

  8. Very good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    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.

  9. Teaching and Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    good people and good natural environment

    Cons

    education does not stimulate students' interest

  10. Postdoc Fellow

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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 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

  11. Research Assistant - Geomatics Engineering

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good environment. easy and lots of free time. flexible hours as long as you are doing your tasks. can work remotely

    Cons

    low compensation. no raises and you still have a student life and not professional. don't get exposed to the real industry and market

    Advice to Management

    don't have much to say here. need to be more organized in terms of fitting people into the different programs. also need to have more awards and scholarships

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