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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  • Low salary and not much exposure to real industry (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. "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
    Recommends
    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


  2. "teaching assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    it is a really wonderful experience working in University of Florida and meeting a lot of people with different backgrounds. It has taught me a lot.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is a little tedious and expects no big promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Should provide more opportunities for staff and students to expand their imaginatioin

  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Freedome to work as you choose. Minimal interference from the superiors. Flexibility of hours and place of work. I could mostly work from home since I was developing a software program.

    Cons

    Minimal guidance from your professors. The professors do not care about the research students except a few whose research really really matters to them.

    Advice to Management

    Worry less about the money and more about the quality of research work produced in the department. The administrative staff is not very helpful and does not want to interact with the research students much.


  4. "Okay Place to Work not got to go to school"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had a very difficult time during phd program. Professors were unhelpful and the central admin did nothing to assist.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, difficult to find helpful people to work with when in need of assistance.


  5. "Standard university"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    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


  9. "PhD student"

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

    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
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    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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