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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  • Low salaries but the pros can mitigate the cons (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. "Postdoctoral fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    - good health insurance plan

    Cons

    - extremely cold weather in winter
    - too slow hiring process


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Good place to work temporary"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Great people
    - good salary
    - Very structured, information is always available
    - Lots of experienced seniors
    - good relation with industry and companies

    Cons

    - not a long place to stay
    - Flexible hours
    - most focus is on oil industry


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  5. "Great university"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good funding, great minds, and active research environment

    Cons

    Relatively isolated, no international top-tier center of excellence

    Advice to Management

    attract Noble laureates and focus on certain areas of research to excel


  6. "Research assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources and opportunities

    Cons

    freezing cold in the winter


  7. "Good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    It's a great place to work if you like to work towards a higher purpose.The research is world class.

    Cons

    Salaries are modest but benefits are good.


  8. "Records Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Records Management Analyst
    Former Employee - Records Management Analyst

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

    Pros

    Great people and awesome experience. Gives you chance to network and learn more about the university. Learn new skills.

    Cons

    Time there was too short but other than that I dont have anything negative to say about them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. "PDF"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable benefits
    Organization for PDF and transition in is good

    Cons

    University seems like a old boys club


  10. "graduate student"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    great coworkers and career support

    Cons

    professors have no leadership training thus students are poorly led

    Advice to Management

    leadership & lab management training for professors


  11. "Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great to Place to work. Love the work environment

    Cons

    Calgary is cold .. in winter time


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