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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated November 16, 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. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    platform to make your own opportunities. great connections to city. Great place to live and for family.

    Cons

    Naturally it is bureaucratic. Since teams are so large and independent leadership is extremely challenging,

    Advice to Management

    hang in there!


  2. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    Great research groups, great core facilities.

    Cons

    Everything and everyone is super SLOW.

    Advice to Management

    Lack of efficiency will kill the university eventually!

  3. "IT Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Executive MBA Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Executive MBA Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very encouraging and collaborative work environment

    Cons

    Less no. of work hours


  4. "You have to suffer for everything"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Individual people are generally nice in individual interactions.

    Cons

    U of C makes you work for everything you need or want, and makes it as complicated and painful of a process as possible. This applies to everything from just getting access to a building to getting funding or figuring out what the process is for having committee meetings. In part, this is because the websites are absolutely terrible, being difficult to navigate and not having the information one needs, plus the links don't work half the time or they take you to outdated documents.

    In addition, one gets the feeling as a grad student/TA that you're neither valued nor respected by the administration. You're constantly having to ask permission to do things (or, as an example, you must wait outside of the lab room for someone to go and open the door for you before you TA, because they don't trust you enough to give you access to it), people don't tell you what you need to know when you need to know it, you have to constantly nag some people to do things they said would get done weeks or months ago, etc. Overall, it feels like the administration doesn't care about their graduate students/TAs, it makes very little effort to improve things, and it only cares about protecting itself.

    Given that the pay is quite low, and the benefits are nearly worthless (For example, most of what you need/want is covered by the alberta health care system, and the university's health insurance doesn't cover most of the things that the alberta health care covers), I would strongly advice anyone against going to the U of C. There are much better universities out there.


  5. "Facility Scheduling Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Facility Scheduling Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Facility Scheduling Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Calgary full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work environment is always evolving

    Cons

    I don't see any cons working here


  6. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are many school event which everyone can participate

    Cons

    the classroom size are too big


  7. "University of Calgary - PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the environment is friendly and suitable for the international student. The application was straightforward, and the professors are experts in their field.

    Cons

    There are not many Research and development companies in Calgary in my field which is machine learning. So, if you want to work for example as a research scientist, you may are needed to move from the Calgary.

    Advice to Management

    The University of Calgary has a very good relationship with the companies in the oil and gas. If the university increases its relationship with other industries will be a positive change.

  8. "Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    So many opportunities and potential for advancement.

    Cons

    Had to commute from outside the city everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs better leadership training.


  9. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable expectations, supportive mentors, better stipends

    Cons

    Less opportunities, Less networking, Less ambitious, More laidback (That can be a pro in some cases too)


  10. "good for a temporary employment if you can't get a permanent posistion"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    good benefits even for temporary workers

    Cons

    I have nothing to complaint


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