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Updated February 21, 2017
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  • Local industry mostly oil and gas (in 4 reviews)

  • Low salaries but at same time scholarships are available as well (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great university"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    being able to advance education while working, flexible schedule, challenging work

    Cons

    work culture is becoming more like for-profit industry (not something to be proud of).

    Advice to Management

    great university with lots of potential. however expenses can be better managed. Leadership / HR needs to value internal employees over externals


  2. "Research Assistant"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly Environment. Good benefits ( 3 weeks paid vacation and sick leave). Collaborative atmosphere between labs and supervisors. Conference opportunity to present your work.

    Cons

    You don't get promoted to higher level. If you start as an assistant, you will retire as an assistant. Your job security is dependent on grant.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the pay structure according to the year of experience. Would be better to have a meeting with the HR to review your experience yearly.


  3. "PhD Student"

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

    Pros

    Helps you grow your own strength in determining a research topic. Learn a lot if you are working with a nice professor.

    Cons

    The university does not have many programs help you fill the gap between academia and industry. It's not too convenient to approach for help when you have research problems.


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  5. "Good work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great location, close to mountains
    laid-back environment

    Cons

    old equipment, little budget for experiments


  6. "not bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    friendly, helpful-i had a great social life

    Cons

    more infrastructure is needed in terms of equipment


  7. "Casual Data Analyst"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is not bad. Work environment is very positive.

    Cons

    It's hard to get in because you can only get in if you have extremely high educational background. Job availability depends on the funding from the government.


  8. "Good graduate school if you land in the right lab"

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

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

    Pros

    Lab I am working in has a very good work environment and supervisor is great

    Cons

    The faculty of graduate studies and/or departments need to provide more grad students information and aids in getting careers outside of academia. Think it is important to emphasise that not many MSc/PhD students will get into academia - and how to utilise the transferable skills developed over the time of their course can benefit in other industries.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more career advancement support.


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    There is a great working environment

    Cons

    There is no much room for growing


  10. "Teaching 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 Calgary full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, not too many responsibilities. The school has low standards for admission. The commitment expected from a TA is minimal. MSC student get to make their own schedule.

    Cons

    Publish or perish. The standards for admission are low. The provided work space is small and open. There's school wide focus on oil and gas - even in CS department.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage interdisciplinary post-graduate research projects to keep up with other schools. Provide more pedagogical training for TA. Be strict about communication skills.


  11. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 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

    Lots of opportunities for collaboration with researchers in similar areas of research.

    Cons

    No cons with my current employment

    Advice to Management

    Push your trainees to succeed.



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