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"Great advisors, terrible administration"

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Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at University of Alberta as an intern

Pros

Still one of the best research universities in Canada. If you are interested in researching a specific subject, there is a very good chance of being able to find a professor who is, if not an expert, at least interested in learning more about it.

Cons

The operating budget has been skewered. There have been some faculty layoffs and positions closed, but this has mostly impacted academic support positions like secretaries and TA hours. This means less organization, a lower quality of education for students, and extra uncompensated work for everyone.

Advice to Management

The most important product of a University is prestige. Prestige attracts the best researchers, the best students, and generates opportunities for your alumni. Renovating the president's house out of university money during a budget crisis is an international embarrassment, regardless of where you got the money.

Other Employee Reviews for University of Alberta

  1. "Academic excellence"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of new buildings now at the University of Alberta these days, especially medicine and science-wise. I am actually surprised to see this kind of investment in the bricks and mortar. The institution wasn't exactly known for being in modernity (and not just structurally) and always felt like a few beautiful original buildings mixed with the advances in bureaucratic architecture of the 70s and 80s.

    Cons

    Union control. A good school that punches above its weight and looks better than it ever has.


  2. "Great way to be a generalist"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy access to the executive, Work with lots of smart and articulate people.

    Cons

    Old school higher education institute, doesn't promote enough from within and too decentralized to allow for specialized positions with better career trajectories.

    Advice to Management

    Promote high performing insiders.

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