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Simon Fraser University Reviews

Updated January 12, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great team, great culture, great work life balance" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours, free tuition in continuing CUPE positions, good benefits, room to move up/try different things" (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay compared to other graduate programs but can be ok if you're diligent about applying for scholarships" (in 12 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
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    low student payment nothing else


  2. "Treat working here like philanthropy and you'll be fine."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

  3. "Mixed Bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    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.


  4. "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Tutor in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Simon Fraser University (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


  5. "TA Great for Master Students"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  6. "Flexible hours, great department staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  7. "Great place to learn and work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    over students part time work in various departments

    Cons

    long commute times up the mountian

  8. "Senior Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Credibility, benefits, range of work, different work locations and flexibility. However, work place will vary considerably depending on department and focus area.

    Cons

    Big university and so bureaucratic. Salaries could be higher. Experience is also very different depending on the campus. Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey are all options.

    Advice to Management

    Generic advice is not useful here, really depends on the department. Generally though I've found senior management capable, earnest and credible.


  9. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University part-time

    Pros

    - Decent salary
    - Good benefits
    - Awesome job if you're a full-time student

    Cons

    - My overall experience has been pretty positive, no cons yet.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time

    Pros

    -lots of internal job postings if already employed
    -buildings are connected so it's shelter even on rainy, snowy days
    -have an on site child-care, with preference for staff
    -has a tuition waiver for education but only for courses at SFU

    Cons

    -Depends on the department you are working for, there are funding for learning but if you boss don't approve you don't get to use it
    -commute is long if live in Vancouver, skytrain is costly as it cross 2 zones
    -Change in operation is possible if your boss supports idea
    -IT department are not supportive, and non-timely

    Advice to Management

    -Allow tuition waiver to be applied for Continuing Studies
    -Operation management should be decentralize and put focus on front end staff cuz they know the people and understand the need