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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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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. "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.


  2. "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


  3. "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


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  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. "PhD student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    phd students are generally better paid compared with those at other Canadian research universities

    Cons

    the weather condition is a challenge in Edmonton


  8. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Intern - Research Assistant
    Former Intern - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Went there for undergrad research assistant, work was easy and straightforward, the supervisor of the project was friendly. My project belongs to the faculty of engineering so they have a lot of money.

    Cons

    Research projects progressed too slowly, I spent almost a month with not much to do, just waiting for stuff to get here.

    Advice to Management

    The research progress could be more efficient.


  9. "RA in U of A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, good working out facilities, good engineering reputation

    Cons

    The students number is getting larger, some existing area like studying space might not seem enough

    Advice to Management

    more efficient and hear more from the students


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    good salary, great health care coverage, excellent retirement pension plan, flexible work hours

    Cons

    promotion seems to linked to seniority rather than ability (in some positions), parking is expensive and no reimbursement, office can be bland and boring, no staff lunch rooms or free coffee

    Advice to Management

    should improve office physical environment for non-academic staff, reserve a room in each building for staff to warm their lunches and sit down to eat.


  11. "Great experience and exposure"

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    Current Contractor - Project Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Project Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work times
    - Competitive wage for a student
    - Great opportunity to branch into other departments
    - Beneficial networking
    - Friendly and likable staff

    Cons

    - Contract work has its pros and cons, but the cons are that if there is no work to be done, you don't work. Being a student, an inconsistent pay is sometimes difficult to manager
    - No option to turn into full-time or even part-time employment



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