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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
119 Reviews
3.8
119 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.  

    Teaching assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Good salary and opportunities to work with other teachers

    Cons

    Repetitive work and too much work

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    Rewarding Work

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

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great to make a difference in the lives of young people. Progressive, flexible. family-friendly environment. Many great academics and professionals to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    Large, top heavy, bureaucratic and slow to change. As in many post-secondary institutions, services are not what they could be as a result of significant funding cuts over the years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current president has the institution on the right track. Post-secondary education in Canada clearly needs a new business model if government funding is inconsistent and cannot be relied upon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic environment and great pension/benefits

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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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and fun environment

    Cons

    Lacks leadership from various departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through with suggestions from all exit interviews

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Research Assistant

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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 an year)

    Pros

    I worked as a research assistant in the Dept. of Chemistry. Nice flexible hours. Pursue my desired research project.

    Cons

    Pay is not good enough to support your living if you are married or have a family. The university has very annoying supply and chain management dept.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Currently employed within the Student Calling Program for fundraising initiatives.

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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 as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Excellent environment for students.
    -essentially the levels of the organization (student calling program) that one will see is maintained and operated by students.
    -a considerable level of autonomy from other departments within the organization

    Cons

    -due to the nature of the business running in conjunction with the academic year, the organization only operates for two months in the summer. Otherwise, this is a job anyone would feel comfortable in as a summer work term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Research Assistant

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

    I have been working at University of Calgary as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Research facilities, and social networking with academic people

    Cons

    Low salary, unstable job situation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the salary

  8.  

    Casual Job- Brief Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Teaching, learning, creating future leaders, influence future development processes

    Cons

    Heavy, mastodon, sort of educational institution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More fairness in wealth distribution

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Worked as a student worker in multiple positions.

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

    I have been working at University of Calgary as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Convenience of location, good pay, treated well by supervisors and other coworkers.

    Cons

    Often lacking direction about where to best put their student workers. My position had projects that had minimal direction, leading me to propose things that were ultimately rejected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I worked 2 years at the University of Calgary

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

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

    Pros

    The people are nice, helpful.
    The availability of positions is good.
    The city has lots of mountain and views around the university.

    Cons

    The city is pretty cold, since it has a long winter.
    The teaching is heavier than average, in the university level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexible in moving from one teaching position to professional position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Kickstart your experience with undegrad research

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly supervisors, lots of ideas, great community

    Cons

    Underpaid, upper management/ethics has a lot of overhead and it takes time to get a reply from them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked at the Interactions Lab and didn't have a lot of issues; since my supervisor was busy, it was hard to get mentorship, but overall I was pleased. However, the upper management at the UofC can be improved. Financial decisions should be based on the students rather than the staff (e.g. renovations for Admin), and the SU should make better decisions for spending and opportunities for students (rather than just events/parties).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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