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Updated March 29, 2018
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  • Low pay for the research personnel (in 11 reviews)

  • No Cons working with Simon Fraser University (in 9 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. "Its a nice environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University part-time

    Pros

    Work and study same place

    Cons

    large sized labs can be high pressure


  9. "Valuable part time work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simon Fraser University part-time

    Pros

    Was involved as an employee in various departments at SFU during my time as a student. Many valuable learning opportunities available.

    Cons

    It can be competitive to get a paid position.


  10. "Part timer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simon Fraser University part-time

    Pros

    Excellent work environment and management.

    Cons

    It's on a mountain. Commuting can be challenging.


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