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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
123 Reviews
3.9
123 Reviews
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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.  

    U of C doesn't not compensate well and poorly manages their funds.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Very flexible
    Interaction with students
    Stay on top of elementary knowledge
    Gain teaching experience
    Public speaking experience

    Cons

    Low pay
    Have to take what ever time slots are available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The physics department could benefit from more funding. Someone should be hired to do this such that everyone could be paid more, ensuring a better education for students in the physics program and enabling them to be better prepared for the working world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    disappointing, the university has a lot of room for improvement.

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The city, just like anyplace there are good people trying to do their best. If these people are supported and decision making was done with the input of those that actually do the work, a great improvement in execution could be achieved.

    Cons

    Not a good place to work. Not a meritocracy. Very political. My experience showed clearly that elements of the UofC Administration follow the maxim that B's hire C's and C's hire D's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and promote based on merit. Get rid of people in positions that are clearly there because of their connections and not their ability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good for administrators, bad for younger faculty and students

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Having job anywhere is something to be thankful for. If you are an engineer like the president of U of C it might be a good place to attend/work. Also good if you already have tenure (meaning you are in your mid-50s or older) and can't be fired.

    Cons

    No sense of community AT ALL. It's everyone for himself and winner takes all at this institution. Polytechnic better describes U of C than "university." Hiring for best positions based on family and other connections (spousal hires, sons/daughters, lovers, etc.), politics, and rarely merit. Though paid the most, tenured faculty often teach very few and very small classes yet are not always productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in and better respect ALL employees. Meet face to face with younger faculty (especially those on contract doing most of the teaching) - don't just send out an anonymous survey costing hundreds of thousands of dollars and listen to tenured faculty who have no reason to improve/change things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be prepared to work hard for little reward

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Calgary

    Pros

    The University of Calgary will pay for courses during your employment

    Cons

    One will work extremely hard for little return.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the Union

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Third rate leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Health plan and benefits are good

    Cons

    Low quality leadership and a very narrow inclusive mentality. Excessively political, promotion not based on merit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When people want to improve things encourage them. Promote qualified people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    very stressful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    lots of funding
    benefit is decent

    Cons

    very poor management
    very inefficient
    no fairness and resection to staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of middle management level personal

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Not what it was advertised for graduate studies

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

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

    Pros

    There was a fairly positive work environment in my graduate program department which allowed me to network and make good connections

    Cons

    Advertise generous entrance awards for grad students and these were given to a minority of students doing lab work only. The awards, travel funds and funding in general is quite limited, for example, you are only eligible for 1 travel award per degree of $500 max.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in hours, vacation. 4 weeks vacation, plus 1 week off during the holidays. Good benefits

    Cons

    Things get done really slow, leadership could be a lot better. Not as exciting, no recognition for great work, very rarely they give bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See your employees more often, have a chat with them, or take them to team outings. Appreciate them more often. Be open and transparent. Make this a fun and exciting workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a very good school

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    In heart of oil expansion economy

    Cons

    Less R&D activities. Less areas to work on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve industry academy relations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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