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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated June 18, 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. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment to work in. Loads of opportunities to learn. The experience is way broader than most people expect.

    Cons

    When you put this in your resume a lot of employers mistakenly think that it was some academic related project that you did. A lot of students work with professors during summers so its hard for employers to pick at single glance that you worked for university operations.

    Advice to Management

    You should start new graduate programs. I had 16 months of experience. I new ins and outs of the system but they couldn't hire me after graduation because they only hire people 5-10 year minimum experience.


  2. "Research associate"

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    Current Employee - Recsearch Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Recsearch Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, location, facilities, climate, office.

    Cons

    Career, salary,

  3. "Excellent University"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    very good and friendly environment for international student

    Cons

    I think the tuition of international students is too high

    Advice to Management

    keep it


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  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. "Experience depends strongly on lab environment"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technologist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technologist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Worked with great people, lots of freedom to try new ideas

    Cons

    my position depended entirely on funding as is the nature of academic jobs


  9. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good pay, good work environment, lots of learning

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons really


  10. "Great place to work to gain valuable technical skills"

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

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

    Pros

    World renowned institution
    Gain valuable experience by working with professors and other students
    Multi-disciplinary team environment with a focus on collaboration

    Cons

    Must do a lot of your own research to bring yourself up to speed on unfamiliar subjects and topics

    Advice to Management

    None


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