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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Good working studies and working environment (in 34 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)

  • budget cuts, not a lot of benefits, (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Teaching Assistantship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Definitely is a good learning opportunity. Even though it depends on the course, you can learn from the course and interacting with the students.

    Cons

    Completely depends on the prof who is teaching the course. Some of them don't respect your time. Also, in the department of Computing Science, there is not enough TAs and many TAs end up working more than the specified hours. The other bad thing is that you are supposed to work a specific amount of time during the semester, there is no limit on the time you work each week or each month. So you might end up working a lot during one single week.


  2. "Project Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    amazing benefits
    amazing hours
    great environment
    great campus

    Cons

    lack of advancement opps
    union protects the weak and untalented
    no rewards for performance once you hit your pay band limit
    almost everyone is on sick leave
    slow processes
    lack of innovation and creativity
    expensive parking
    terrible commute and traffic jams


  3. "Graduate research assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working studies and working environment

    Cons

    Long studying and working hours for graduate students

    Advice to Management

    They should keep on doing the good work


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  5. "Teaching&Research assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent salary for graduate students

    Cons

    Not much help for getting jobs


  6. "TA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learn how to communicate with students from the process.

    Cons

    Pay is very in ECE department,


  7. "Extension"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    -Great location
    -You can be lazy and incompetent and still have a long career at the University

    Cons

    -Lack of advancement opportunities
    -No employee engagement
    -Tight resources
    -High expectations for low compensation

    Advice to Management

    Dr.Turpin is a great president.
    Do more and say less.


  8. "Good university"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The supervisor is nice and helpful. The academic environment is good.

    Cons

    It is very cold in the winter.


  9. "PhD graduate student"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent environment to work and study.

    Cons

    Salaries are not specially high but there is other part-time jobs available at the university or in the town


  10. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, and I have great coworkers

    Cons

    Salary range is not appropriate to the amount of education


  11. "Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team, benefits, compensation, culture

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of



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