University of Calgary Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
100 Reviews

3.8
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University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon
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32 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • For the most part, work-life balance is well supported by leadership (in 8 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and fun environment (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • little room for growth, no real advancement in place for post-docs (in 4 reviews)

  • Low salary, unstable job situation (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice employer

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

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

    Pros

    Nice employer. No pressure

    Cons

    Management , promotion chance, salary freeze, benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not build too big office for yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad, not great.

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

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

    Pros

    It'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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Include 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Faculty of Medicine

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The energetic and encouraging senior staff made this an excellent place for my three year postdoc. Once you become accustomed to the cold weather and snow, which doesn't take long, Calgary is a very pleasant place to live.

    Cons

    Long delays in getting items for the lab custom made by the workshop in the one of the engineering faculties had a significant impact on the progress of my projects.

    The research accounting user interface within the University was poorly set up and maintained meaning that claiming expenses and spending on grants was often very time consuming.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great university

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Great place to work! But PI's are sometimes too demanding

    Cons

    PI's are too demanding. Too much work

  7.  

    Moderately pleasant

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    Former Employee - Faculty of Arts Computer Lab Supervisor  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Faculty of Arts Computer Lab Supervisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Gained some work experience working part time, organized

    Cons

    Very few hours and not too wonderful pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work.

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    very laid back. People provide great support. Lots of things to do in and out of the city

    Cons

    no real cons. I am quite satisfied with my employer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice I can think of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good enough, but the experience is dependent on the department you are with

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Large campus and plenty of restaurants in Mac Hall

    Cons

    Receiving reimbursement from travel expenses takes a long time.

  10.  

    interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    nice enviorement to work with

    Cons

    too cloud, too many people

  11.  

    Comforting Advancement Opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Research Assistant  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Marketing Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I was hired by one of my professors during my educational career here at the Haskayne School of Business. I worked for 10 months as a Marketing Research Assistant. It was very convenient, comfortable, and allowed me to interact with many students and professors. It looks great on my resume and I have a great reference (Mehdi Mourali) from it.

    Cons

    There was a hiccup in getting my first pay deposit, but other than that I don't have any complaints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My interview process was very comfortable but I have interviewed for other positions and having that many people in the room can be very intimidating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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