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University of Calgary Calgary Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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  • Low salary for full time, having students as target (in 13 reviews)

  • Local industry mostly oil and gas (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance and benefits.

    Cons

    Internal candidates are favoured more. Too much politics in each group and department.


  2. "Ambitious university"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    energetic leadership, sets the threshold high. expects a lot from the researchers. Already wanting to compete with highly renowned research institutions in north america.

    Cons

    Have to be more realistic, the university is still young. Like everywhere, the research activities rely on funding and when the economy is not stable, the university should adjust its speed to match the researcher's budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Be more on the ground with researchers, reach higher but step by step. Glory will come, just be patient. Develop more collaborations with international researchers, that will help get the university's name everywhere and get highly skilled researchers to join.

  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the local industries

    Cons

    Not very high salary rates


  4. "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. You can start early and finish early and your manager won't ever ask you to stay late. If he/she does, you will be notified in advance.

    4 weeks vacation (including about 5 days during Christmas)

    Most of the staff is very cool to work with!

    If you like the public sector, you will love uofc!

    Lots of opportunities within Central Marketing.

    Pension matched 100%.

    Good raise if you are AUPE.

    Cons

    When you work for a faculty, you feel a little bit excluded from Central Marketing. They try to involve you but they clearly don't want to share many things with faculties which is understandable e I guess?

    The stupid pension plan takes 17% off your salary each month!!! When you are older it's great, not so much when you are young!

    Everything is slow-paced. People will complain how much they have to do but let's be honest... it's super slow-paced!

    Don't assume you are gonna keep your job until retirement, they lay off many people from different reasons.

    Benefits could be better.

    If you are ambitious and like the challenge, this place is not for you!

    They don't seem open to remote working.


  5. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work.Great team

    Cons

    Nothing to point out at this moment


  6. "Graduate studies"

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

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

    Pros

    Good environment. Mostly positive people.

    Cons

    Low salary. Long working hours.


  7. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate/Adjunct Assistant Professor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Associate/Adjunct Assistant Professor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee support and development

    Cons

    cannot think of any at this time

  8. "Project Manager and Professional Staff"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was the project manager and legal contracts specialist for oil and gas and enjoyed working with the industry

    Cons

    Safety rules were not followed and I was laid off as a medical liability which is wrong

    Advice to Management

    Please talk with me directly about the problems with safety and employees as per the WCB problem issues


  9. "Student staff, IT Support"

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    Current Contractor - IT Desktop Support in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - IT Desktop Support in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Calgary as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The university offers an excellent work-life balance. The people that you work around are great; always helpful if anyone on the team is in need of it. The work atmosphere is warm and people are generally happy to see me whether they are in need of IT support or not.

    Cons

    From my position as a customer-facing Tech 1 employee I did not come across any cons at this position.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Part time Academics - Part time Workers"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Calgary as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a good place to start your career since it gives a lot of independence to work the way you like.

    Cons

    - No plan to integrate work force
    - Nobody cares about the postdocs, instructors and in fact most of the students unless someone knows someone higher-up
    - At the end of the day (or years) you don't know where you are going to be headed

    Advice to Management

    It is good to celebrate the success of the University but does someone care about those people who put in their day and night and their most active years for this success. What is the plan for absorption of such people who are Adjunct and sort of highly skilled temporary workforce? This university can never become highly ranked if no one cares about the people working or students enrolled. SHAME ON IT. I have stopped recommending any students going for study anywhere because it doesn't matter. STUDIES ARE FOR DUMP PEOPLE. They don't know how to interact and make connections and be successful like the University of Calgary?


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