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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated September 7, 2017
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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. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "salaray"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at University of Alberta as an intern

    Pros

    good work compared to others places

    Cons

    little salary compared to others places

    Advice to Management

    nothing can change compared to others places


  4. "Okay Place"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good research environment, nice office space

    Cons

    Bad Pay, long hours to finish projects


  5. "Postdoctoral fellow"

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    Current Employee - RA & TA in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - RA & TA in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in hours, democracy among same level employees and not so much to say

    Cons

    Low pay and more responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    No point of doing so.


  6. "research assistant review"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Comfortable life
    Lots of free time

    Cons

    Poor salary
    less challenging work

    Advice to Management

    Increase the pay


  7. "Fitness Consultant"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at University of Alberta as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, state of the art facility, walk in clients

    Cons

    Inconsistent pay, monthly pay only, no benefits, no advancement opportunities or continuing education

  8. "Support Staff Not Valued"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, compensation, and pension are all decent, though they are all currently trending downwards under new leadership.

    Cons

    Support staff is not valued. Academic staff is overvalued. This leads to lack of motivation for support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Treat support staff like they are worth something and good people won't constantly leave.


  9. "Poor Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits and hours. Workloads manageable.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and direction. Focuses on tactics rather than strategy


  10. "internal competitions"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    working time is flexible. many friends.

    Cons

    too many competitions within and between groups


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