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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Good working studies and working environment (in 37 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. "Lab Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly People and coworkers in lab

    Cons

    Low pay, no upward mobility


  2. "Good research facilities and education"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    One of the best research facilities in North America

    Cons

    Incredibly busy, of course for a place with such high standards. This is actually a good thing!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  3. "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


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  5. "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


  6. "rich environment to learn in"

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    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


  7. "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


  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Lab Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefit, may have chance to take one/two courses per year on campus as well.

    Cons

    Don't really have much development opportunities.


  10. "Program Assistant"

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

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    Great energy, lots of opportunities for professional development. Benefits are very good. Salaries are very competitive and vacation time was adequate. It was nice to have the extra time off around winter closure.

    Cons

    Commute time from my place of residence was longer than I would have liked. I also felt that support for staff with mental illness issues was a bit counter intuitive and contradictory.


  11. "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


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