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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated September 23, 2018
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Pros
  • "Overall very good, good working environment" (in 51 reviews)

  • "Easy work; work-life balance; great colleagues" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "No employment insurance and low salary" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Low pay, straight across the board for many types of positions" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assitant"

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

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time (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


  2. "Research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    total was great experience

    Cons

    total was great experience and i recommend it.

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

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta (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


  4. "Standard university"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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.


  5. "Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

    Advice to Management

    Work to recognize employees and empower change. Too often this work environment can become stagnant.


  6. "PhD student in Computing Science"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Professors are very nice. Grad students are friendly.

    Cons

    The weather is too cold.


  7. "PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great School, vibrant campus and cutting edge research topics

    Cons

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

  8. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Nw Plaza, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Nw Plaza, MO
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a good place for graduate studies, I like working here a lot, people are funny.

    Cons

    Edmonton is pretty cold, the city is quite old and noisy. It's not safe to come out in the night.

    Advice to Management

    University needs to tight their funding, cut the useless people, let the real valuable people stay


  9. "PhD student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    Good engineering reputation, good stipend compare to other Canadian university, flexible hours, let you work on your own. I have friends from other departments as well and didnt hear any complaint from them except in medicine regarding budget cut.

    Cons

    Nothing that I think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good work and helping students as you do now.


  10. "University of Alberta"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many funding opportunity, friendly environment, great work-family balance

    Cons

    The winters are long and cold.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


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