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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
118 Reviews
3.8
118 Reviews
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University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Reservoir characterization, microseismic analysis, seismic interpretation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very good learning experience at UofC.

    Cons

    There is nothing i can mention here.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    good place to upgrade

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    practical and innovative approach of education

    Cons

    classes needs to be more Interactive

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a very hard job to do, but you are compensated fairly, and it is good experience.

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

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    You can self schedule, so it fits around school. Shifts are only 3.5 hours long, and you must work a minimum of 2 per week.

    Cons

    Listening to a phone ring for 3 hours is hard. Not that much training, and it is hard to keep spirits up when people are rude and yell at you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good university

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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 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    best university in the city

    Cons

    do not approve of president/ceo cannon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care about students more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    my experience is ok here

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    good salaries and work-life balance

    Cons

    the lack of departmental facilities and equipments

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good for grad students, very dependant on department though

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary part-time

    Pros

    This is a young university trying really hard to break into the top. Because of this, they treat their incoming students well and try and lure people to Calgary with decent perks like good funding, travel compensation, and reasonable hours.

    Cons

    This is a young university that is growing rapidly and because of this there are some interesting politics that occur. Also some procedures and policies are still being ironed out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    yes, you can work for a great organization that makes a difference in the world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Faculty and instructors work very hard to create good outcomes for students. Leadership Team communicates how they want the organization to change but also what the organization will become

    Cons

    lack of competitive salaries and benefits creates the most friction as Calgary is a very expensive city with a very low rental rate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Quickly growing University

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Planning to become one of top universities in Canada
    Good collaborations with industries (primarily oil and gas)
    Nice design of recently constructed buildings like Taylor Family Library

    Cons

    High density of students and buildings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase quality of services along quantity

  10.  

    Not bad if you are an actual employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Excellent graduate school

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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