University of Alberta Reviews

Updated Jan 12, 2021

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  1. "One of the best universities"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great city and culture very nice campus

    Cons

    very cold in the winter. Limited opportunities for jobs in biotech

  2. "Full time"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Ph D Student 

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    Great facilities and scientific labs

    Cons

    bad weather and a small number of TA positions


  3. "Good"

    5.0
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    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Pros

    the work there is flexible

    Cons

    so far I very much enjoy working there

  4. "Research assistant"

    3.0
     

    I worked at University of Alberta

    Pros

    total was great experience

    Cons

    total was great experience and i recommend it.

  5. "Research Assitant"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Challenging environment -Acess to unlimted academic resources

    Cons

    None really it is one of the best places to work in

  6. "Working here as a graduate student in engineering"

    3.0
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    Graduate Research Assistant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta for less than a year

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule as a research assistant - you get to do research, take some valuable skills with you - University with a fair amount of prestige and reputation in Canada - If you have good research supervisor, all is good. If not... good luck

    Cons

    - Flexible schedule as research assistant - Recent economic downturn seem to have hit the engineering department hard - How you overall experience is depends more on your research supervisor - too much bureacracy - How many machine shops do you need? - new construction projects in engineering just seem to be a money drain, the building facilities have many issues which can affect your experiments - Edmonton is an orange town, expect lots of entitled union workers in the university - I did research before at University of Calgary also, my honest opinion is it is waaay easier to get stuff done at U of C than U of A. - IT infrastructure seems to be lagging behind other institutions - Edmonton's northern location is inconvenient, takes too long for supplies to arrive

  7. "Standard university"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    Nice place to work.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy but that is standard for a university.

  8. "Technician"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, lots of time off, great benefits and retirement plan.

    Cons

    Association (union), which means that everyone gets the same step increase each year, regardless of effort. This means the superstars are not recognized.

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  9. "PhD student in Computing Science"

    5.0
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    I have been working at University of Alberta

    Pros

    Professors are very nice. Grad students are friendly.

    Cons

    The weather is too cold.

  10. "PhD Student"

    5.0
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    Recommends
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    I worked at University of Alberta

    Pros

    Great School, vibrant campus and cutting edge research topics

    Cons

    Super cold city! This also has adverse effects on human resources

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