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Updated November 28, 2016
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Pros
  • Good working studies and working environment (in 33 reviews)

  • Very nice enviornment and city, good work life balance, nice staff, productive staff but not aggressive (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • low salary, high presure for post-doctor (in 11 reviews)

  • budget cuts, not a lot of benefits, (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. "Postdoctoral fellow"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "research assistant review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Fitness Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "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.


  7. "Poor Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  8. "internal competitions"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "U of A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good atmosphere. friendly people. nice profs

    Cons

    little pay for Electrical engineering


  10. "graduate student associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Choose your own hours, easy work, good staff to work with, fun field work opportunities, flexible with work topics and research opportunites

    Cons

    Poor pay, mediocre working stations, inadequate IT help when required, minimal help from supervisors, loud offices with no temperature control

    Advice to Management

    Better IT help, check in with staff more often to provide adequate guidance, pay employees more, better office spaces to work in.


  11. "Occupational Health and Safety Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance was excellent, there was plenty of time to complete your work so that you could enjoy other interests. University provided an interesting work environment, there were many different processes and activities on campus. There are many challenges and diverse issues to explore. The people I worked with were very committed to the well being of the organization and talented.

    Cons

    Some of the items that can be improved is the lack of effective governance, the structure is in place but does not seem to operate as it should. Employees could benefit from an orientation that explains how the organization works, how to effect change and contribute to the goals of the University. At an operational level there was a lack of organizational plans that contribute to the strategic plans.

    Advice to Management

    Need to put a formal performance evaluation system that is tied to the organization's business plans
    invest in leadership training



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