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University of Alberta Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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  • The only problem is low salary compare to other universities (in 14 reviews)

  • Low pay, straight across the board for many types of positions (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    Work with innovative people everyday

    Cons

    Maybe hard to get true business experience while doing research


  2. "Graduate research assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Great experience, work/life balance, Knowledgeable supervisor

    Cons

    Weather, weather, weather, weather, weather

  3. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Deliverables are valued and you can have flexible hours as long as you deliver on your research. Good research facilities.

    Cons

    Postdoctoral fellow position is not a growth position. So not much opportunities. It may only help towards an academic position.

    Advice to Management

    All good.


  4. "Great place to work and study in."

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Welcoming and professional environment, you will have access to equipment and expertise that you may need to complete your project.

    Cons

    Requirement to take courses is unnecessary, it ends up adding a year to graduation unfortunately. PhD's can take 6-8 years in some departments due to publications and course requirements.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Soul-crushing"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits, short hours.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities, organization based on following procedures, limited opportunity for creative solutions.


  6. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. I have learned a lot there.

    Cons

    I would not like to stay much longer in the academic environment as my target is the industry


  7. "Research Assistant review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good facilities and resources in the laboratories

    Cons

    Other than the six months of winter, so far it has been good.

    Advice to Management

    Good job.

  8. "Operator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Salary, nice people, benefits coming from being a university employee

    Cons

    Not a very good management, night shift, contract work.


  9. "Good environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Dynamic environment and good benefits. Good for graduate students who just finished their degree. Opportunities to communicate with academic people.

    Cons

    Not so many cons. The only problem is low salary compare to other universities. But it also depends on the project.


  10. "Postdoc at the University of Alberta"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    I loved working at the University of Alberta. The biomedical research is of a high caliber and many of the laboratories are modern with new equipment. The work-life balance in the lab I worked in was fantastic - but this would vary, depending on the lab and supervisor you chose.

    Cons

    Academia has limited career opportunities, so if you're considering a career outside of a University, it would be better to leave academia or seek other professional experience instead of pursuing a postdoc.


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