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University of Calgary Reviews

Updated January 20, 2018
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  • Low salary for full time, having students as target (in 14 reviews)

  • There's school wide focus on oil and gas - even in CS department (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Adjunct professor"

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    • 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 part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work in the industrial sector and collaborate with Univ, supervise grad students, etc.

    Cons

    There is no space (shared or otherwise) allocation for adjuncts. I meet with my students in coffee shops or in conference rooms, which can be inconvenient

    Advice to Management

    Allocate space for adjuncts and part time faculty


  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. "Good people but projects are disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Good environment, services available, supervisors and co-workers

    Cons

    Projects are disorganized, lacking in operational support


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Dont do it! Go anywhere else"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are ok, especially if you want to take classes at the UofC.

    Cons

    No growth opportunity, unless you are a white man in your 60s.
    Everyone has a horrible attitude. Horrible, toxic workplace.

    Advice to Management

    1. Stop micro-managing people
    2. Respect your employees


  5. "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)


  6. "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.


  7. "Great place and great culture"

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

    I worked at University of Calgary part-time

    Pros

    Everyone is excited to be there and happy about their work

    Cons

    Big organization can be hard to get changes to the top

  8. "Research Assistant"

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

    I worked at University of Calgary part-time

    Pros

    Work from home, on your own time. The work was challenging and required a lot of out of the box thinking

    Cons

    The work at times was difficult and the Professor did not have a technical background. very little cons


  9. "Inept Soviet-esque Administration"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My immediate boss and my colleagues were pretty great. The mechanic in the basement was really helpful.

    Cons

    Administration is useless at best. Byzantine bureaucracy. Took weeks or longer to get a no-touch sink fixed after it stopped working. Idiotic decisions like spending hundreds of thousands on a huge bike rack. The hours for getting new lab coats are unacceptably short. Surprising number of really bad accidents occur at the UC.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves. Stop shoveling tons of money at things that look cool.


  10. "Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance and benefits.

    Cons

    Internal candidates are favoured more. Too much politics in each group and department.


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