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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
115 Reviews
3.8
115 Reviews
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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
  • Low salary, unstable job situation (in 4 reviews)

  • No real cons, it was good working there (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    Comforting Advancement Opportunity

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    • 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
  6.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  7.  

    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

  8.  

    Nice workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Instructor
    Former Employee - Seasonal Instructor

    I worked at University of Calgary as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is ;ocated in the City of Calgary with a lot of opportunities. good environment, friendly colleages

    Cons

    Low salaries, high load of work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not what it was advertised for graduate studies

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    There was a fairly positive work environment in my graduate program department which allowed me to network and make good connections

    Cons

    Advertise generous entrance awards for grad students and these were given to a minority of students doing lab work only. The awards, travel funds and funding in general is quite limited, for example, you are only eligible for 1 travel award per degree of $500 max.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Research student

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Hours are not strict, can go home early, get paid by salary instead of hourly

    Cons

    Research can have very long days (10hrs+) depending on the experiment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depends on your prof and people you work with, you can achieve a lot or little.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    lots of wasted resources

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

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

    Pros

    good work/life balance. relaxed environment

    Cons

    pay is very low for living in calgary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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