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University of Alberta Edmonton Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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Edmonton, AB, Canada Area (Canada)

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  • The only problem is low salary compare to other universities (in 14 reviews)

  • Office politics are always a downside and constant budget cuts make it stressful sometimes (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Working with great scientists"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyable working environment with great people

    Cons

    Useless administration. Money moves slow through the University and there are many errors along the way.


  2. "Graduate research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great experience, work/life balance, Knowledgeable supervisor

    Cons

    Weather, weather, weather, weather, weather

  3. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Deliverables are valued and you can have flexible hours as long as you deliver on your research. Good research facilities.

    Cons

    Postdoctoral fellow position is not a growth position. So not much opportunities. It may only help towards an academic position.

    Advice to Management

    All good.


  4. "environment, staff"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable professors. Some profs have strong connections to industries.

    Cons

    I didn't find any Cons.


  5. "Great place to work and study in."

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Welcoming and professional environment, you will have access to equipment and expertise that you may need to complete your project.

    Cons

    Requirement to take courses is unnecessary, it ends up adding a year to graduation unfortunately. PhD's can take 6-8 years in some departments due to publications and course requirements.


  6. "Good place to do research"

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    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Alberta as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good hours and good grad students

    Cons

    Not bad at all for research


  7. "Soul-crushing"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits, short hours.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities, organization based on following procedures, limited opportunity for creative solutions.

  8. "Good environment"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technician in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic environment and good benefits. Good for graduate students who just finished their degree. Opportunities to communicate with academic people.

    Cons

    Not so many cons. The only problem is low salary compare to other universities. But it also depends on the project.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible and fun when not bogged down by bureaucracy."

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Alberta part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in hours depending on supervisor.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy made it difficult to move quickly with projects, especially relating to funding and purchases.


  10. "Program Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really easy, tuition remission for staff, pension plan if you care. Many useless benefits

    Cons

    No room to grow, repetitive work in nature, low salary


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