University of Calgary Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    It is a very hard job to do, but you are compensated fairly, and it is good experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Caller in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student Caller in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can self schedule, so it fits around school. Shifts are only 3.5 hours long, and you must work a minimum of 2 per week.

    Cons

    Listening to a phone ring for 3 hours is hard. Not that much training, and it is hard to keep spirits up when people are rude and yell at you.


  2. good university

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    best university in the city

    Cons

    do not approve of president/ceo cannon

    Advice to Management

    care about students more


  3. my experience is ok here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salaries and work-life balance

    Cons

    the lack of departmental facilities and equipments


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  5. good for grad students, very dependant on department though

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Calgary part-time

    Pros

    This is a young university trying really hard to break into the top. Because of this, they treat their incoming students well and try and lure people to Calgary with decent perks like good funding, travel compensation, and reasonable hours.

    Cons

    This is a young university that is growing rapidly and because of this there are some interesting politics that occur. Also some procedures and policies are still being ironed out.


  6. yes, you can work for a great organization that makes a difference in the world

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Faculty and instructors work very hard to create good outcomes for students. Leadership Team communicates how they want the organization to change but also what the organization will become

    Cons

    lack of competitive salaries and benefits creates the most friction as Calgary is a very expensive city with a very low rental rate


  7. Not bad if you are an actual employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive and benefits are very good. Excellent health plan and health spending account. Company pension plan is always a plus. Unionized. Lots of services available to staff on campus, doctors, massage, chrio, optometrist, dentists, pharmacy.

    Cons

    union protects the weak, so it can be hard to get rid of dead weight. it is also difficult to get a position. Trainees are not considered employees and have different benefits and are not unionized. Trainees are paid poorly. the politics at an educational institution are hard to deal with, lots of red tape.


  8. Quickly growing University

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Planning to become one of top universities in Canada Good collaborations with industries (primarily oil and gas) Nice design of recently constructed buildings like Taylor Family Library

    Cons

    High density of students and buildings

    Advice to Management

    Increase quality of services along quantity


  9. Excellent graduate school

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great training environment for graduate students. Within certain faculties there are a lot of opportunities for scholarships and awards. Ample opportunity to attend scientific conferences.

    Cons

    Lots of variation between different faculties and supervisors. Minimum stipends and funding opportunities vary drastically between faculties, programs, and even labs. Very heavy workload in comparison to amount of pay. Even with a good (ie. $30000/year) stipend, it's hard to live in comfortably in Calgary.


  10. Flexible

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    Teleworking Autonomy to make decisions Interesting conferences, meet knowledgeable leaders

    Cons

    Little to no training or social interaction Slow to obtain answers from other departments


  11. My experience at the University of Calgary has generally been great. I have nothing negative to say about it.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time here. The perks are great, staff and students are great.Very strong geosciences department.

    Cons

    I wish there was more chance for promotions

    Advice to Management

    More investment with the students and student body is necessary!



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