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Updated July 13, 2017
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  • Pay is low compared to similar jobs at other institutions (in 8 reviews)

  • No Cons working with Simon Fraser University (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "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

  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. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Overall benefits generally outweigh apparent pay differential"

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    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    In general, work here is stable, interesting, and if you in the higher education mindset, almost every position is there to help students, research, and teaching succeed.

    Benefits here are typically very good.

    Your experience may vary from department to department as there are very distinct working styles and even interpretation of HR/working/etc. policy. I love my department (IT), but there are a lot of places where the environment is less than positive, and others where it's a lot of fun just to be there. If you go for an interview, look for the personality match with that position and if it doesn't fit, don't turn away from SFU because of it, it can be just a departmental/group mismatch. There are a lot of different personalities and foci throughout the organization, and that can affect the work environment of every position.

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy around the HR area may be frustrating for people who have worked in the corporate arena, and job progression paths are not always clear (ie. you can't go to your manager, in general, and say "I deserve a raise because productivity..."; even if they agree, they are bound by HR, union, and public sector legislation, contracts, and of course internal policy which can be changed, but holds a lot of momentum)

    Advice to Management

    Work towards the reduction of bureaucracy. We have started as a small institution and are becoming a large one, but we are still building effectively "medium-sized" institution infrastructure which I believe is largely because we don't have enough flexibility to move quickly enough to keep up to the huge changes at SFU. I believe that the policies we have in place are there for good reasons, but we do have to look at them more frequently to see which are causes of friction put in place to address edge cases, but end up affecting daily progress as a side effect. That said, I love SFU and I believe in the mission, that's why I stay.

  8. "The potential to be greater is limited by HR policies"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, smart people
    People are passionate about education

    Cons

    Pay is below industry, UBC pays more

    Advice to Management

    Need stronger HR - no performance management process, poor compensation strategy means you cannot retain the best people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "place for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Learn a lot career related knowledge from SFU Career Services
    - giving hands on practices opportunties for volunteer to advising students

    Cons

    Time commitment too intense for the volunteer position

    Advice to Management

    Good supervisor and weekly study meeting with peers


  10. "Great learning environment"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Simon Fraser University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work on the latest technology.
    You are the owner of your module, so you manage in's and out's.

    Cons

    No proper growth structure.
    Rely on co-op for work, so no proper guidelines on best practices and rules to follow.

    Advice to Management

    Do not cancel projects in the final stages, it affects a lot of people and demoralizes the team.


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