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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
108 Reviews
3.8
108 Reviews
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University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon
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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.  

    Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and generally friendly working enviroment

    Cons

    Low payment, high working pressure

  2.  

    Great student job

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

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

    Pros

    Always happy with the role. Being an info navigator meant being part of a cohesive and efficient team.
    The job is great at teaching a variety of skills without being overwhelming

    Cons

    During the down time, the library might navigator job might seem like it is a thankless role
    Occasionally clients can be difficult to handle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider to approach graduating student for promotion to other parts of the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Administration really needs to get its head in the game

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Your colleagues will generally be fantastic; thoughtful, intelligent, creative, caring individuals who genuinely want to do cutting edge research and teach at the top level.

    Cons

    Administration seems to think that the only goal of academic research should be commercial development. Silo mentalities block collaboration and progress. More often than not, we had to find ways to work together despite the administration, instead of being encouraged to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A university is not a company. Students are not 'customers'. Start treating faculty, staff, and students like intelligent people who genuinely want to learn and grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Professors. Not so good Institution.

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    Former Employee - PhD Student  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of fantastic professors who really do try to make significant contributions to their field(s) and are dedicated to training.
    Great City.

    Cons

    No real support for students pre/post graduation. Training can be horrific if you get in the wrong lab... although I imagine that is the case for lots of places. The quality of people they hire is not the quality that they train (solely in regards to publication record/quality).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, option to work a 4 day compressed work week, if agreed with department head, time off for holidays, weekends, maternity and paternity leave, lots of support for non profit educational and health activities.

    Cons

    Institution does not pay bonuses. Nevertheless, its understandable given the limited revenue sources, and uncertainty regarding provincial revenues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On-going job specific employee training should be emphasized

  7.  

    Good employer for work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Specialist Advisor  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Specialist Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Good coworkers
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Limited opportunity to take risks and perform tasks outside your designated job profile
    Union rules limit innovation and are a detriment to work ethic (why work hard when you don't have to?)
    Painfully slow change process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to reward people who go above and beyond their job profile, and who work hard for you. There are too many people who are just satisfied staying stagnant in their job skill set, and taking their scheduled 15-minute breaks and lunch breaks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I have had tremendous opportunity for career development.

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

    I have been working at University of Calgary full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    autonomy, flexibility, location, work environment, community engagement

    Cons

    funding is always an issue for job retention in research

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Grad student

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Some good labs, some weak ones. An under rated and under appreciated University.

    Cons

    Well, you're a grad student. What else can I say?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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