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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.  

    Not bad, not great.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time (more than an 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.  

    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Faculty of Medicine

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Moderately pleasant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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.  

    Comforting Advancement Opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    Great for those looking for work-life balance, friendly people, and competitive salaries

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -Great flexibility and benefits
    -Friendly people
    -Lots of parking available
    -Defined benefit pension plan
    Overall, The U of C is a great place to work, especially if you are a parent, or someone who is just looking for better work-life balance (relative to positions in downtown Calgary). If you live in NW Calgary, the commute is very fast relative to trying to fight through the rush-hour traffic to get downtown.

    Cons

    -Constant change causes one to wonder where they will be next
    -Flexibility is good, but also depends on your manager
    -lots of politics
    The organization has a lot change taking place right now, so for some the "consistency" factor can make things a bit uneasy. Of course, there are politics one must deal with (but that is anywhere).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -provide more opportunities for staff to get a variety of experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

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