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University of 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. Helpful (3)

    "very stressful"

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

    Pros

    lots of funding
    benefit is decent

    Cons

    very poor management
    very inefficient
    no fairness and resection to staff

    Advice to Management

    get rid of middle management level personal


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Third rate leadership"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health plan and benefits are good

    Cons

    Low quality leadership and a very narrow inclusive mentality. Excessively political, promotion not based on merit

    Advice to Management

    When people want to improve things encourage them. Promote qualified people.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Be prepared to work hard for little reward"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The University of Calgary will pay for courses during your employment

    Cons

    One will work extremely hard for little return.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the Union


  4. "disappointing, the university has a lot of room for improvement."

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The city, just like anyplace there are good people trying to do their best. If these people are supported and decision making was done with the input of those that actually do the work, a great improvement in execution could be achieved.

    Cons

    Not a good place to work. Not a meritocracy. Very political. My experience showed clearly that elements of the UofC Administration follow the maxim that B's hire C's and C's hire D's.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote based on merit. Get rid of people in positions that are clearly there because of their connections and not their ability.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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...


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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