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Updated June 23, 2017
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  1. "PhD. Student"

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    Current Employee - Research in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TRIUMF (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work enviroment, great colleagues, many relevant lectures.

    Cons

    Work expectations can be unrealistic, tight deadlines, many late nights and long weekends.


  2. "Great place to work at!"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TRIUMF part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment with ability to thrive and have a growing career.
    This place has great facilities including workshops and laboratories. Great stores where you can get pretty much anything you can think of to help you get the job done.
    Lots of room for creativity and a chance to work alongside some of the most brilliant scientists and engineers you will ever encounter.

    Cons

    Salaries for some of the positions could be a bit higher, but the flexible work hours, extensive benefits package and other perks definitely compensate for that.

    Advice to Management

    Keep attracting young blood, because as the older generation is slowly retiring, you need to have fresh personnel to seamlessly continue the great work TRIUMF is known for.
    Also consider raising the minimum salaries/wages for some of the engineering level positions especially.

  3. "Stable & Comfortable"

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

    Pros

    -Excellent benefits
    -Great time off & flexibility
    -Very stable jobs
    -Unique workplace

    Cons

    The main cons is the lack of modern views on management and employee benefits. It would be nice to have flexibility to work partly from home, or have benefits like an on-site gym, bike station, etc. Comparing to similar jobs in "modern" workplaces, TRIUMF is far behind. The pay and promotion system seems a bit archaic too, and lower than other private companies.

    Advice to Management

    I'd advise management to make changes so the workplace is more attractive and suitable for the younger generation - the current bulk of employees are nearing retirement, and with the high Vancouver prices there is little to attract newcomers.


  4. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TRIUMF full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team of scientists and engineers. TRIUMF is an excellent platform to develop as a researcher in particle, nuclear and nuclear medicine.

    Cons

    The salary. 50k per year gets you nowhere in Vancouver, unless you have no spouse, no children and no life besides the lab.


  5. "Great place for scientists and engineers"

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    Former Employee - Co-Op Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-Op Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TRIUMF full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone at TRIUMF is extremely smart and helpful. There are free seminars every week of the cutting-edge physics research happening all around the world. Everything you do or make at TRIUMF is used for cool research!

    Cons

    Sometimes the folks at TRIUMF can be reserved or quiet. Either absorbed in their work or just too busy to talk, but this is only intimidating at first. Once you start talking to them, you will find that they are very helpful.
    If salary is of the biggest importance to you, scientific research might not be the best way, since scientists (including those at TRIUMF) do not make much.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have much advice to the management. They are doing a great job (partly because they increased the funding for our research group). Haha.


  6. "Electronics Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    have an opportunity to work on a project from the start to the finish

    Cons

    not many on the team can help me when I encounter a problem


  7. "Great workplace"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TRIUMF full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    World class facility for research in subatomic physics. I did my Ph.D. research at TRIUMF and enjoyed it tremendously. The best way to learn is to be surrounded by intelligent and capable people, and there is no shortage of them at TRIUMF.

    Cons

    Do not go into research if you are not prepared to work hard. When an experiment gets going, be prepared for long hours and lots of frustration. But it will be worth it!

    Advice to Management

    I can not think of any advice to give to management. My entire chain of command were excellent managers and treated me very well.

  8. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    Very good place to develop skills.

    Cons

    Low payment and no U-pass for students from out of BC universities.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good work and life balance and less challenges"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance, very slow paced

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to grow for young people


  10. "Fruitful collaboration"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive environment when needed, but no micro managing.
    The group I was in had a friendly atmosphere and the management tried its best to keep it that way.

    Cons

    Hard to connect with a group if you're working at CERN with a 9h difference. For the same reason some management decisions seemed to come out of nowhere, but probably internally discussed beforehand.

    Advice to Management

    For postdoctoral researchers it would be benificial to have several Master/PhD students to work with, so a balance needs to be found between hiring postdocs and students.


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