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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated August 1, 2017
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  • Low salary for full time, having students as target (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. "Mismanagement, Poor Treatment of Staff"

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    Former Employee - Residence Life Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Residence Life Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are truly no pros.

    Cons

    I experienced a closed culture of dissatisfaction and a terrible work environment.
    - Management implemented a significant overall reduction in net pay due to mandatory live-in situation with only 1 week notice to staff - staff were strained financially due to this change and some left the position as a result.
    - Management purposely did not fill a vacant position, leading to significantly more work for staff and a 24-hour On Call schedule with frequency that I felt was damaging to staff's mental and physical well-being.
    - At one point staff did work for approx. 21 days straight (usually 10 hour days) with no days off in between, because it was deemed that staff training required this. No overtime pay was awarded.
    - Management was unsympathetic to serious mental health concerns and issues of staff that occurred as a direct result of the work in the Residence Life Coordinator position
    - Salary levels for RLC position are significantly lower than industry average and approx $15,000 per annum lower than University of Alberta.
    - Liability is extremely important to management, while welfare of staff, and the true "residence experience", do not appear to be core values in practice. In my experience, staff experiencing mental health issues are isolated and made to feel guilty.
    - Rental rates are high overall and most are not competitive with the local market currently.
    - In my experience, innovative ideas are often struck down in favour of doing things the way they have always been done.
    - Sadly, from a student perspective, residence at the University of Calgary has become a shadow of what it once was - you will be overwhelmed by the number of rules surrounding your time there, the unhelpfulness of staff, the lack of innovation and enthusiasm from management, and overall, the high price point for value - something really needs to change.
    Due to my poor experience, I would not recommend working here, sadly. :(

    Advice to Management

    In my opinion, Residence Services at the University of Calgary requires significant attention, including turnover of management. Staff turnover this year has been unprecedented, with 5 of 7 staff members leaving their positions over the past year, and several staff members leaving the position mid-year. Several staff wellness complaints have been made due to poor mental health of staff as a result of the demands of the position, as well as a WCB claim all within the last year. This should be a clear sign that change is necessary. This is what I have personally observed in the position.


  2. "Faculties are a great place to be - skip the rest"

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

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

    Pros

    Faculties have strategic plans - know where they are going
    Research is a primary focus
    Service to the community is celebrated
    Would only recommend to a friend in a faculty, not an administrative unit

    Cons

    Administrative units seem directionless
    Some admin units have more contractors running the place than staff - lack of leadership and commitment
    Some admin units use a culture of fear to drive employees

    Advice to Management

    Spend a little time naval gazing; listen to what your engagement surveys and other tools are telling you; stop using the stick to motivate employees

  3. "Lots of good intentions low on drive to execute them"

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

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

    Pros

    Good overall package and good work life balance.

    Cons

    Not a great deal of accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Follow your own processes.


  4. "Terrible Postdoc University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    none... Just the location. The city is amazing and Banff is pretty close

    Cons

    No research in probability. Most of the professors here in Probability/Finance are a complete joke...


  5. "Program Coordinator"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the students was great. Some of the Profs were good and really cared about the students and their education. Close to home, so not a big commute.

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic. Not a team environment at all, which came as a big surprise. Protection of "fiefdoms" at all cost. Really sad as the admin staff try hard, but are generally over worked with archaic systems and protocols to work within. And the Profs (especially with tenure) expected to be treated like royalty. That and given most have absolutely NO industry experience and were supposedly "experts" made me really lose faith in the university education system.

    Advice to Management

    Just because a Prof has several degrees does not make them an expert in how thing work in the real world.


  6. "Campus Alberta Neuroscience- Would not recommend"

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    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly co-works, excellent community partners to work with

    Cons

    Campus Alberta Neuroscience - Unusually high turnover rate likely due to management style and practices, Project end goals tend to be a moving target. This coupled with poorly defined deliverables can make for a challenging work environment. Further, employment opportunities with this entity are tied to a CBA that has unusual terms that permit the employer to terminate contracts before their end date without cause and with minimal compensation (2 was). These particulars were not disclosed during the interview or offer stages. Last item, this entity appears to have funding issues. The problem is further compounded by management practices, which leaves the impression that the entity does not conduct itself with an expected level of professionalism.


  7. "Stem Cell"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Learning new techniques related to stem cells

    Cons

    not very organized place, poor team working

    Advice to Management

    Better organizing of the work

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    "Position Abolishment"

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    Former Employee - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist
    Former Employee - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Faculty of Veterinary Medicine - Some of the veterinarians are awesome people.

    Cons

    The manager is the worst kind of sabotaging bully and micro-manager who tells demeaning untruths to the veterinarians and Dean and because she is management they believe her with question.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more honest, people see right through you.


  9. "Tone at the top has been polluted"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    Convenient and more transportation options as the office is located in the campus.
    Education support for yourself and your family.

    Cons

    Politicking (mostly gossiping) at the directors’ level sets very toxic tone at the top which flows down to analysts.
    Never provide enough support while sometimes the workload is demanding.
    I also found director and associate directors do not take a responsibilities and push them down to us when the final review and decisions are made by them.


  10. "Work and learn - Grounds crew"

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    Former Contractor - Grounds Crew in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Grounds Crew in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A supportive environment, with colleagues and bosses who are genuinely concerned about your success. Close knit and pleasant work place, I worked on the grounds crew and enjoyed working outside and caring for amazing garden beds that greeted campus goers. Benefits include some free university courses .

    Cons

    Early hours, Labour type work, but those were pros for me.

    Advice to Management

    One of the best places I've worked.


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