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University of Calgary
338 reviews
University of Calgary, CA Ratings
Average rating of 338 reviews on Indeed
4.1Work-life balance
3.6Pay & benefits
3.5Job security & advancement
2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
1,001 to 5,000
$25M to $100M (USD)
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Overall reviews at University of Calgary

Student Support | Calgary, AB | Feb 15, 2018
Lackluster environment, pay and perks
The University of Calgary advertises great 100% medical benefits and good salaries. However, it's deceptive. Benefits are 100% up to small maximums (i.e. $30 per chiro appointment), so you end up using your entire HSA fairly quickly to cover the difference. The pension is a mandatory contribution of >10% of your gross salary, so say good bye to $400+ per month. Ultimately, my take home salary is equivalent to $10k less anywhere else with minimum benefits to make up for it. As for work, it's a typical union environment where sub-par employees hang on and you won't get opportunities to build your skills outside of your job description. They do offer the UAdvance program which is a series of good professional development courses. But there are few jobs at the SPAIII level, so expect a bottle neck on advancement early in your career (depending on what level you start at). Certain offices can be isolated from other staff, so it's difficult to get to know co-workers/network, even with people in your same role but different departments. Unless you're solely focused on a post-secondary career, I would say look elsewhere for better development, pay and benefits.
ProsTuition benefits, union-mandated annual raises
ConsHigh pay deductions, lack of opportunity
Faculty | Calgary, AB | May 28, 2019
Can be really good, and can be horrible
Hard to rate the whole institution as it depends on the department for which a person is working. Art Department and Faculty of Education - excellent experience. Administration and Library - some places - horrible experiences. My own experience and my friends experiences from different departments: Many great employees overworked - doing the job of two people but being paid for one position. Many great managers. At the same time, there are a few offices where managers seem unqualified, or struggling with some issues, and creating a very stressful and hostile environment. And it is a permanent feature. The most enjoyable part of my jobs at the UofC - working with students and many amazing co-workers. The hardest part - dealing with, the mentioned above, people who abuse their power. They have similar to Trump's personality and attitude. However, we, co-workers, supported one another during tough times. And we are part of the workplace culture.
ProsEverything that relates to supporting our students. Great relationships with co-workers.
ConsSick atmosphere in some places.
Administrative Assistant | Calgary, AB | Apr 13, 2013
Solid employement enviroment, great opportunity, good work-life balance.
I was multitasking during the working day, from 8:30 until 4:30. Basically, I had to know all required policies and procedures including administrative assistant manuals. I have learned to obtain requisitions, to use PeopleSoft system, and room access programing as well. Additionally, during my work at the University of Calgary, I've completed courses in Communication Strategies for Leading Groups, Human Behavior in Organizations, Management Communications Interpersonal Skills, and Learning Online course at Continued Education. The top management and closest co-workers were very supportive and friendly. The hardest part of the job was my supervisor with her micromanagement attitude. Any way, I very much enjoyed to my work, took great pride in my accomplishments there, and gained much satisfaction,knowing that my work was an important part of the whole process. There was every day a chance to do something great.
Prosgreat co-workers
Consno real cons, it was good working there.
Volunteer | Calgary, AB | Jan 16, 2014
Productive and fun when engaging with other students
My volunteer work consisted of me being pro-active in promoting the Undergraduate Law and Society Association (ULSA) club during "Club Week" at U of C. I assisted in promoting to students from various programs (Business, Communication Studies, Law students, various first year students, etc.); by informally communicating information regarding the events that the club holds, and the organizations that sponsor the club. The people I worked with were fantastic and energetic; we are all very passionate about Law and Society, so I enjoyed volunteering. The hardest part of the job is being able to get students to pay for the sign-up fee, which is collected to place funds towards the events the club coordinates for those who do join. I learned how to campaign effectively, approach students in a orderly manner and I learned how to handle rejection as well as, skills to communicate effectively.
ProsFlexible hours
ConsHaving to volunteer overtime, into another volunteers shift, due to them running late
Chemical Technician | Calgary, AB | Aug 1, 2013
Amazing support staff and excellent environment!!
Most research is self directed. Chemicals are sorted and classified, then are prepared for shipping. Tests are done on unknown to classify the compounds to a first class (pH, Oxidative, halogens, and solvents). I have learned many different ways to classify compounds and have been given training on analytic machines such as NMR. Management is amazing, any concerns I have are addressed very timely and support is given when needed. It is a very relaxed environment where tons of work is completed everyday. Co-workers are very friendly and eager to help with assistance. They are also very personable and always enjoy a good conversation. There is really no hard part about the job but if I had to list one it would be getting materials, this is mostly due to the suppliers and not the purchaser. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people I work with, the knowledge I gain on a daily basis and the satisfaction of making a difference.
Manager | Calgary, AB | Jul 21, 2017
Declining morale
U of C used to be a great place to work, but there is growing dissatisfaction within the management community who are expected to do more and more without appropriate compensation. Work-life balance is a thing of the past. Wellness support looks good on paper, but is not translated into the day-to-day environment. The leadership team is not trained or held accountable for mentoring or supporting employees to improve performance and maintain or increase morale. There is pervasive mentality that effectiveness should bubble up from the ranks rather than trickle down from leadership, and this is ineffective. The most enjoyable part of the job is wonderful colleagues - the majority are willing to do whatever it takes to get the work done; however, the inevitable cost is exhaustion and negative attrition.
ProsExcellent vacation benefits and competitive health benefits
ConsWage freezes of staff outside collective agreements; poor advancement opportunities
Graduate Researcher | Calgary, AB | Jun 7, 2019
Productive workplace
I worked in a research lab with 5 other grad students in a friendly atmosphere with a cool and knowledgeable supervisor. My project was focused on a lipid biochemistry project. Every day was super busy including various lab duties starting from early hours until late plus working as a teaching assistant (3 days per week) even over the weekends. I supervised several undergrad students. I learnt a lot such as being multitasking, independent, curious about everything. I could improve my technical and leadership skills. The hardest part of my job was finding contamination in the cell cultures and all grown samples after couple weeks that you had to start over and not relying on the results. The most enjoyable part of the job was the time you could reproduce an experiment for at least 3 time with the same result ready to be published!
Animal Caretaker | Calgary, AB | Oct 2, 2018
No opportunities for advancement, no benefits
Has the potential to be a great place to work if you manage to secure a full-time position. However, the University relies on multiple recurring part-time staff on a daily basis but claims that there is not enough work for additional full-time positions. This way they do not have to provide benefits or job security to a large portion of their staff while benefiting from their work. Many of my coworkers had multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet. Work-life balance was strained due to this. Negative work environment due to some part-time staff working comparable hours to the full-time staff without any benefits or job security.
ProsGood facilities
ConsRely heavily on part-time staff, no benefits, stagnant wages, very low qol salary increments for p/t positions (less than 3%)
Administrative Assistant | Calgary, AB | Jun 18, 2014
Every day is something different and I love diversity in the workplace!
Working with the University of Calgary has privileged me to meet new people from various cultures. One of my strongest attributes is being a "people person". I have been able to work at the Information/Security Desk covering in the absence of the admin. Meeting and greeting people is and it has been noticed by my co-workers. Because of the job title I am in it allows me to float to different offices covering for the administrative staff while they are away. Helping with filing back log, faxing, making new files or helping with the doctors.
ProsMeeting new people, taking courses for free, excellent benefits with Flexible Spending Account.
ConsNot always shown appreciation for my effort from Team Lead(s).
Finance Partner | Calgary, AB | Jul 4, 2018
Too much favoritism from the management in Finance team
Associate directors and directors in the finance team are people who were promoted without a proper training. The environment is toxic in a way, there are too many favoritism going on and management will replace people like they are parts in the car. Not good place to apply nor try to work. A bit higher compensation may look attractive; however, management think they deserve to slave their staff. Overtime with no pay is well expected, and lot of people are complaining in the back office. Management puts double face in the public meeting, but always plan to fire people when they either don't like them or something goes wrong and needing a escape goat.
ProsTuition support
ConsToxic culture, Cold and careless management
Instructor | Doha | Mar 16, 2021
Things Have Gone Worse
They say the true color of leadership comes out during crisis situations. At the onset of the pandemic during the first quarter of 2020, Management kept on assuring everyone that "we will weather through this together" and that "we're all on the same boat". Then when the State of Qatar had to cut down the university's budget by 30%, Management decided to abruptly terminate the employment of a number of employees to meet the budget deficit; however, they were not transparent in their selection process. Some newly hired instructors - especially those who were close to the Management were retained in favor of the more senior ones. Instead of consulting employees about a 30% pay cut, just as most other companies were doing in Qatar, the Management of the University of Calgary in Qatar took the easy way out. Being "on the same boat" as it turned out wasn't true.
ProsGenerous vacation package
ConsLack of transparency from management

Questions and answers about University of Calgary

What should you wear to an interview at University of Calgary?
Asked May 16, 2017
Always dress for a job higher than what you are being interviewed for; encourages future prospects
Answered May 3, 2020
It is recommended that you wear formal outfits for interview
Answered Aug 29, 2019
What are the working hours at University of Calgary?
Asked May 16, 2017
8-10 hours daily
Answered Oct 15, 2018
Between 8 to 10 hours
Answered Jul 15, 2018
What is the company culture at University of Calgary?
Asked May 10, 2018
. Friendly detailed and practical training
Answered Jun 5, 2019
Vivid university with a lot of activities on campus.
Answered Jul 16, 2018
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at University of Calgary? What are the steps along the way?
Asked Apr 11, 2017
Bring in your resume or apply on thier website.
Answered Jul 17, 2018
For a MSC student , you apply through Graduate Studies/ Department of interest and once you're approved you start your degree in the lab of choice ( or after a rotation ) with the PI of choice
Answered Jul 16, 2018
What is the dress code at University of Calgary?
Asked Mar 30, 2020
With teaching summer camps you had to wear gym attire, very comfortable clothing
Answered Oct 22, 2021
No Dress code
Answered Jul 29, 2020