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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
129 Reviews
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129 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.  

    Research Assistant - Geomatics Engineering

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    • Senior Management
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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 (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    pay postdocs more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Computer Science at University of Calgary

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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

    Pros

    1. Very good professors and research labs
    2. Both industry oriented and theoretical research
    3. IP stays with the researcher
    4. Good funding for entire program

    Cons

    1. Weather is cold
    2. Apartment rent is high

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working here as a research and teaching assisstant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    People here are so nice and they sometimes are very good knowledge sources.

    Cons

    In some labs, equipment are too old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess more funding is definitely favourable.

  7.  

    It's okay for now, but I would not recommend U of C as a permanent employer

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Some of the people here are really quite caring. Most are here to log the hours and collect the paycheque.

    Cons

    Speaking of the paycheque, it is not a good one. U of C has a reputation for paying fairly. I cannot speak to the pay for the professors, but that of the staff is appalling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    teaching assisstant

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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 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are great opportunities to teach tutorials for the courses you like. The instructors are generally nice.

    Cons

    Some weeks are very busy for teaching assistants and it might affect their own course work.
    Some courses have much more work to do than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the work required of teaching assistants for every course about the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interview of Library assistant

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

    I have been working at University of Calgary part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I am always interested in books, gathering and researching information, reading newspapers and magazines and generally finding out as much information as I can.

    Cons

    To be very specific, I took a lot of training as a Library assistant and was highly skilled in checking-in and checking-out library materials, assisting students with self and automatic check-in/out, updating the patron database, assisting readers with locating library materials, and shelving library materials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills which will make me be capable of assisting students in utilizing library services

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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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
  11.  

    Great place to work for if you are a student

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    Current Employee - Tech Support
    Current Employee - Tech Support

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    - Work around school schedule
    - Decent pay considering student who has no experience
    - Great and supportive staff
    - Ethical

    Cons

    - No room to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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