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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated June 21, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great university"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    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. "Not a bad place to learn things"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Researcher in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    lots of labs and equipment in engineering department. Lots of knowledgeable people working here.

    Cons

    low payment, lots of people who are doing nothing, but their salaries are very high. Overall, not a good place for a resech assistant or associate or technician.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of lazy people ...


  4. "internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    low salary, bad work environment

    Advice to Management

    be more clear what to do for coop student


  5. "PhD Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Isolated but international environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice International environment, friendly and respectful

    Cons

    You could feel isolated in terms of research and collaborations

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. "Good work-life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great location, close to mountains
    laid-back environment

    Cons

    old equipment, little budget for experiments


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    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.


  9. "Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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