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Updated November 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits, great work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • MRU is offering some important professional training for an industry that greatly benefits from professional development (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Working contract hours also means more time in-class and more time marking than full-time faculty (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior Management of the Faculty of Cont Ed (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great People"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mount Royal University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Gap between faculty and everyone else is enormous.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the "little" people.


  2. "Good student population."

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    Former Contractor - Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mount Royal University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best instructor pay in the city, no benefits though. Opportunity to flexibly schedule your teaching days based towards home life balance. Excellent for working mothers who have a masters degree, and still care for young children.

    Cons

    You will need to have a Phd to be considered for a permanent faculty position. Even though the pay is hourly, expect to spend an additional 2 to 3 hours, per hour teaching for preparation, office hours, marking etc.

  3. "Great benefits, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mount Royal University (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of flexibility with time off. Plenty of sick days, decent benefits, and a pension plan. Access to services on campus (Health Services). Free gym membership. Great reimbursements on professional and personal development through the MRSA. Decent hours. Christmas shut down means you'll never have to worry about working for the holidays.

    Cons

    Management does not care about the happiness of their staff. Toxic work environment because of this. Severely understaffed, so end up doing the work of 2-3 people. Little appreciation for going above your job description. This makes simple job titles seem stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Management does not appreciate their staff making it difficult to go above and beyond your job title. Stop focusing on the bottom line. Start focusing on the happiness of your employee.


  4. "Innovative Program Offerings"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mount Royal University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse growing Post Secondary with niche programs and relatively small leadership team. Rated best post secondary in Calgary, and highly rated by students.

    Cons

    Considered by some to be the "other" university in Calgary. Some in the community do not know who we are since we transitioned from a College to a University. Not enough contact or support from our alumni.


  5. "Good place"

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

    I have been working at Mount Royal University (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours, temporary, can choose own working times

    Cons

    does not pay enough, $12.20 per hour


  6. "Part Time Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Faculty in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mount Royal University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A very supportive environment.
    Small class size.
    Empowerment

    Cons

    PhD now required to get on full time


  7. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mount Royal University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible, amazing staff/team, always welcoming and encouraging of new and creative ideas.

    Cons

    Nothing really that I can think of.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Continuing Education needs some help"

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    Former Contractor - Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Mount Royal University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    MRU is offering some important professional training for an industry that greatly benefits from professional development. It was exciting to be a part of its new offering. Working with adult learners was (mostly) very gratifying. They came from all walks of life and occupations, and their contributions to the class made it all the richer.

    Cons

    The Continuing Education team I was dealing with was amazingly disorganized and could never get their act together from one session to the next. There were flaws in the original conception of the course, which they addressed several sessions in (introducing actual grading, for example), yet they failed to make allowances for this extra time either in instructor compensation or time allowed. They were also hiring instructors that had only graduated from the program themselves, and who had very few years of experience in the field they were teaching.

    Advice to Management

    The Continuing Education team should get its act together. You are on to a good thing, but you need to treat the instructors like the professionals they are … or at least that they should be. Don't degrade what could be a very fine program with newbie instructors lacking both the teaching and real-world work experience required to elevate your offering.


  9. "Group Leader"

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Group Leader in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Group Leader in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Mount Royal University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good and flexible work I really enjoyed working here. Everyone was upbeat and positive.

    Cons

    The commute from N.W. calgary to the university is fairly long. There should be a train stop build there.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Good opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mount Royal University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities for professional growth, through educational opportunities in Cont Ed or in a degree granting program. The Staff Association has funds for helping continuing education.

    Cons

    There is some significant differences in work loads between departments with matching job titles. This leads to interdepartmental struggles instead of more cooperation.

    Advice to Management

    consistent job descriptions and employee expectations will reduce the appearance of favouritism.


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