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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated July 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Good working studies and working environment (in 42 reviews)

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

Cons
  • 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. "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.


  2. "Good place to focus on study"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It provides many opportunities to those who are capable

    Cons

    The whether is too cold

  3. "rich environment to learn in"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    some of the best minds in education

    Cons

    budget cuts, reorganizations and layoffs


  4. "UAPEL Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere for research, flexible vacation time

    Cons

    nothing that I know of

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate better payment for international students who pay tuition a lot more that citizens/PRs


  5. "short title for review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    goodish benefits although there are no choices

    Cons

    retirement on good if you spend whole career in Canada

    Advice to Management

    need to focus on younger academic retention


  6. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Alberta part-time

    Pros

    There are many good opportunities for students. There are many Engineering professors that are willing to hire you as a part time research assistant so you can improve your resume.

    Cons

    The pay is not very good. In this economy a lot of professors don't have grants so opportunities may be limited until the economy improves

    Advice to Management

    Improve industrial exposure for Engineering students and actually make an effort in providing jobs to students and not just ask students to pay thousands of dollars in tuition and rent


  7. "student"

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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

    good university, has a great reputation

    Cons

    can't think of anything right now

  8. "Generally it was very good."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work hours were consistent. I was encouraged to express my opinion.

    Cons

    I was not a member of the employee union. Therefore, everything was fine until I had a concern. Then I learned that non-union members are without any support whatsoever. I could not get one email or phone call returned.


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The IT infrastructure was built more recently as so is actually quite up to date. Use Google Docs and Gmail, etc.

    Cons

    Its a bit provincial. Alberta is kind of an island. It's cosmopolitan for Alberta, but not really integrated with other large institutions globally.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more outsiders. Too many professors here are from Canada or Alberta. No fresh blood, no fresh ideas.


  10. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere. Keep the work

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy. need work in that regard.

    Advice to Management

    Good atmosphere. Keep the work. Less bureaucracy would be better.


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