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Simon Fraser University Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2019

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3.9
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Simon Fraser University CEO Andrew Petter
Andrew Petter
124 Ratings
Pros
  • "Excellent work environment and management(in 27 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours, free tuition in continuing CUPE positions, good benefits, room to move up/try different things(in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay and low professional respect(in 14 reviews)

  • "My overall experience has been pretty positive, no cons yet(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "excellent grad school"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Simon Fraser University

    Pros

    dynamic research atmosphere, wonderful and motivated students, hard working staff

    Cons

    low student payment nothing else

    Simon Fraser University2016-10-06
  2. "Treat working here like philanthropy and you'll be fine."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Simon Fraser University full-time

    Pros

    Smart, passionate faculty. Great students. Wonderful Vancouver environment.

    Cons

    Nepotistic culture, lack of courage to fire bad management, very bureaucratic. Lack of incentives for exceptional performance. Talk a good game re: Innovation but doesn't practice what they preach/teach. Good for young people to gain experience but less attractive for more seasoned professionals.

    Advice to Management

    When good people leave have the courage to ask why. Then act on that information to improve. Get rid of dead wood.

    Simon Fraser University2018-03-28
  3. "Mixed Bag"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend

      I have been working at Simon Fraser University

      Pros

      There are a lot of good people doing good work at SFU. It's one of the best universities in the country, and it has lots of resources to help.

      Cons

      My postdoc advisor is a trainwreck. The university gives him broad leeway to torment the grad students and postdocs that work for him.

      Advice to Management

      While there are resources to be had at SFU, the university makes little effort to bring postdocs into the community when they arrive. There's no mechanism to help postdocs who are struggling. That needs to change.

      Simon Fraser University2016-02-19
    • "Tutor"

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      Former Employee - Tutor in Tallahassee, FL

      I worked at Simon Fraser University for less than a year

      Pros

      Time very flexible and materials from teacher is easy for me to handle for assisting students

      Cons

      student was rule and not follow you when you are teaching and sometime ask me to do his homework

      Simon Fraser University2016-01-27
    • "TA Great for Master Students"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Simon Fraser University part-time

      Pros

      SFU pays their TAs well (in comparison to U.S. universities) and its a great learning experience.

      Cons

      The union is highly active, and thus, strike is common.

      Simon Fraser University2015-09-09
    • "Flexible hours, great department staff"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends

        I worked at Simon Fraser University part-time

        Pros

        Students get flexible hours that work with class schedules Department staff was friendly and easy to work with

        Cons

        Not that great if you go to school on one campus and have to work in another

        Simon Fraser University2015-07-20
      • "Great place to learn and work"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Simon Fraser University

        Pros

        over students part time work in various departments

        Cons

        long commute times up the mountian

        Simon Fraser University2014-05-13
      • "Great place to work"

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time for more than a year

          Pros

          Flexible time and benefits, reasonable work load

          Cons

          Work overload may happen when it comes to busy season

          Simon Fraser University2019-06-18
        • "Slow in moving changes"

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          Former Employee - Business Analyst in Burnaby, BC
          Recommends
          Neutral Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I worked at Simon Fraser University full-time for more than 3 years

          Pros

          - work life balance - free education - flexible work schedule

          Cons

          - Suggestions are hard to be heard by top management team - Changes are slow to make - Bureaucracy, lack of efficiency

          Simon Fraser University2019-06-14
        • "Work Environment is good"

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          Current Employee - Applications Developer 
          Recommends
          Positive Outlook
          No opinion of CEO

          I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time for less than a year

          Pros

          Flexible working schedule, friend working environment

          Cons

          multiple level management make thinks not easy to prioritize

          Simon Fraser University2019-06-10
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