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University of Lethbridge Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
10 Reviews
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10 Reviews
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  1.  

    A good place to work while going to school!

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    Former Employee - IT Client Services Specialist in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Client Services Specialist in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Lethbridge as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great working environment. I was able to see many of the principles I was learning in class about in the active work environment. Management was always willing to assist with training needs and provide additional tasks when more work was needed. The salary was good as a student employee and all around it was a very enjoyable chapter in my career.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy to deal with, but this comes with most education institutions. A lot of pressure from staff and students to meet unreasonable expectations at times. Not enough progression within my roles towards advancing my skills and progressing my career beyond entry level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better planning for student employee roles outside of labs. Better communication to contract employees, particularly when contracts are not to be renewed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good university with a positive culture

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    Current Employee - Manager in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    One of the prime employers in southern Alberta. Good benefits, nice city to raise a family, close to the mountains and recreational opportunities, 2 hours south of Calgary, friendly workplace

    Cons

    Salaries are great for the local market, but not competitive for postings that need to attract highly trained individuals from outside the region. HR policies and salary grids do not reflect the need for any sort of labour force market corrections. Little potential for internal career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no value in coming out with a vision statement such as "Destination 20/20" if you don't put together a plan to implement what you consider your strategic vision. When you cut every budget equally regardless of their strategic value to the organization, you're only being "penny wise but pound foolish."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The University of Lethbridge was an awesome organization to work for!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Lethbridge as an intern

    Pros

    They were very flexible with my schedule, provided me with a lot of freedom with tasks and encouraged others/everyone to contribute and share ideas. The managers are absolutely awesome and were so easy to talk to if you had any questions. They also provided great guidance and advice. Felt like a close family/community environment in the Bookstore department. The pay was also good!

    Cons

    No cons. I felt like they provided a fantastic learning environment for co-op students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was absolutely wonderful! Keep up the amazing work!!

    Recommends
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  5.  

    It was a good student job.

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    Former Employee - Call Centre Agent in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Call Centre Agent in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Lethbridge part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours while working at the call centre for the advancement program, helping the university to raise funds through calling the alumni. We enjoyed very flexible schedule and in my opinion it was perfect for me as a student. It was a fun and friendly working environment and it was easy to meet new people that way.

    Cons

    Minimum job pay with very little incentive. Even though we kicked it off as a test project everything could've been more organized. Adequate training should've been provided as well but the supervisor has just as little experience as us so couldn't really help in anyway.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good small University

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

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

    Pros

    My supervisor is a very well known professor.

    Cons

    the campus is very bad

  7.  

    Didn't really have a review process, fell into the job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Lethbridge as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Really good working environment. I enjoy the tasks I'm given, and the professors are good to work with. Extremely accommodating, easy to get time off if needed as long as I haven't made any important prior commitments.

    Cons

    Hard to get things done at times due to red tape. Sometimes students can have unrealistic expectations and frustration levels rise quickly, but we've all been there and people increasingly expect things to just work all of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you're doing. Solid management, just don't be afraid of a little change or stepping on some toes. It doesn't matter what the decision is, nothing will ever make everyone happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience with the University of Lethbridge.

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    Current Employee - MSC Student in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - MSC Student in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Lethbridge (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    Small community and not many opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    University of Lethbridge - the way the scientific world should work

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Working with friendly, smart, outstanding people with fresh, creative minds who left well known Universities to be able to make a new better quality of science and life. It is close to Rocky Mountains, always sunny, how and dry in summer. Sport activities all year around.

    Cons

    Not to many attractions, beside nature activities. But I do not find it as a Cons. There are no Cons really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Compensation was satisfactory, but difficult place to work if you’re not academic

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    Former Employee - Asset Manager in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Asset Manager in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)

    I worked at University of Lethbridge

    Pros

    Good compensation package, union ensures good benefits and job security. Good relationships. Variety of opportunities. Good amenities and decent technology.

    Cons

    Stifles creativity. Academics think they know everything, so they try to micromanage your work, even if you have over a dozen years experience and a degree in your field. Too many silos, and few challenging opportunities once siloed. Very little meaningful job recognition. Lots of managers and few leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start respecting support staff more. Firing them first during a budget crises makes no fiscal sense since three support staff cost as much a full professor, losing productivity of three employees for the price of one. When someone complains they have nothing to do, don’t try to solve the issue by giving them superficial tasks. They want meaningful, challenging work to do that stretches their skills and uses their talents. Please also remember that money isn’t the whole way to show appreciation for work well done.

  11.  

    good place to live, challenging place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Lethbridge

    Pros

    good pay, good place to live, good students to work with

    Cons

    big organization, very slow and reluctant to change and adapt to changing times. Administration way too big for such a small institution and therefore slow moving. Difficult to find leaders who take responsibility for actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slim down decision making process to allow faster improvements to the organization. Delegate decisions and give employees more responsibility. Assume your employees have the best interest of the institution at heart. Judge them by results. Just don't hire employees you don't trust with responsibilities.

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