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Fun and productive
Energy Modeller/Sustainability Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB16 February 2018
A place to work and grow your career. There are lots of opportunities for career development. The most enjoyable part of the job is collaborating with team members on sustainability projects.
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Lackluster environment, pay and perks
Student Support (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB15 February 2018
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.
Pros
Tuition benefits, union-mandated annual raises
Cons
High pay deductions, lack of opportunity
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Students Union, Yoga Instructor (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB26 January 2018
Wonderful Yoga studio in Calgary. It is for members only and the classes are smaller in size. It is very well organized and classes are adjusted for every level. the instructores are very educated .
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Love working for this University
Central Services Clerk (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB19 January 2018
Love the work I do, my co-workers (team) and my supervisor/manager. This group of people are easily approachable and listen as well as work together. We all take pride in working for the University. Great work/Life balance. Great hours and benefits.
Pros
No O/T, No weekend or evenings.
Cons
no room for advancement
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learning organization
Project Administrator/Human Resource Assistant (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB17 January 2018
during my job experience I became a skilled and adaptable Project Coordinator, with experience in implementing and overseeing change. Gained a proven track record of exceeding performance expectations, remaining goal focused and adhering to budgets and timescales. Ability to bring about the fundamental aims needed in response to unforeseeable changes. Strong strategic vision; along with the ability to successfully deliver complex multi-track projects.
Pros
mentorships
Cons
no room for growth
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Productive fun place to work
Executive Receptionist (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB15 December 2017
I enjoyed the support staff.
Great work atmosphere
Like the grounds and walking around campus at lunch
U of C has many opportunities so one could move within departments.
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Top Flight Leadership
Associate Registrar, Admissions & Recruitment (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB11 December 2017
The University of Calgary is one of the best research universities in Canada and the world. One of the greatest assets here is the people. What amazing people!
Pros
The people, the leadership
Cons
the pace is beyond what most people would expect
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Research Associate on soft money
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 December 2017
A research associate position is basically a volunteer position which holds out the hope that sometime, someday you might be paid. There is no support for the position through the university - only the professor under whom you work controls that.
If you enjoy research for research's sake, it is fun to do, but do not expect recognition or financial rewards.
Pros
exciting research
Cons
zero institutional support or reward
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Productive and a positive working environemt
GENERAL WORKER (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB29 November 2017
good hours, good people and good place to learn a little bit of everything,

hardest part was my actual labourer job lifting heavy objects.

most enjoyable was watching the progress as i worked.
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Smart people, bad culture
Research (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB8 November 2017
You can work on interesting things. The people you work with can be smart. But its hard to trust your superiors. It is also a politically charged environment, in terms of public politics and internal politics. Conservative leaning.
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Interface
Information Management Specialist (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB7 November 2017
Here my role was to manage the user expectations and the programmer capabilities. Scope creep arose as an issue on the project but I was able to get the project done on time and on budget.
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good
International/Academic Student Advisor (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB6 November 2017
As an experienced double majors (a Bachelor in Business Administration and Education) holder, I am confident that a strong education background and excellent administrative skills combined with an extensive base of knowledge and experience to assist in meeting the organizational objectives.
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Productive
Student (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB3 November 2017
I was a student, not a employee. This is a mistake that the system forced me to make comments yet I was not a employee. Not sure what do to? So sorry.h
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Good for students seeking minimum wage jobs
Student Caller (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB24 October 2017
The job place is friendly and relaxed...
The wages are very low...
Hours are flexible to meet scheduling needs...
There is no room for growth...
Basically, if you don't want to get paid much but need a job that can be very flexible and that is close to campus, this job is for you...
If you want to build your savings account, this isn't the job for you...
Once you have graduated from university, you can no longer work here and you probably will not want to work here unless if you are okay with making minimum wage and working part time.
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University of Calgary
Executive Assistant to the Dean (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB23 October 2017
U of C is an outstanding institution to be employed - the work is engaging, challenging and rewarding. There are many opportunities to advance your career across all areas of campus. The pay, benefits, pension, and employee culture make the university an excellent workplace.
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Ideal environment for work
Wellness Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB20 October 2017
Educational institution working with fun people to promote students dreams and future. University of Calgary is one of the top places to work in Alberta.
Pros
breaks
Cons
none
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Strong focus on employees participating in research and further education
Instructor (Part-time) (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB17 October 2017
Overall a positive work environment although job security seems tenable as there is pressure for employees to continue with Master's Degrees, Doctorates and an emphasis on research as part of each person's job regardless of the role.
Pros
Lots of time off between semesters
Cons
Employees seems to be viewed as easily replaceable
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Great Place
Program Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB2 October 2017
Excellent People, great focus on work life balance, flexible and understanding, opportunity to take courses and beautiful campus to walk around and enjoy.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Nothing
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stimulating place to work, difficult to advance without medical degree
Research Fellow (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB2 October 2017
The University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Cardiology Division, has been a very stimulating place to work. However, the non-medical Research Scientists have no job security and have very limited ability to rise through the union designated levels. Management is very localized, and most of the work is performed in small teams. The most enjoyable aspects of the job include creative autonomy, and developing intellectual relationships with medical students.
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Great teaching experience
Teaching Assistant (TA) (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB12 September 2017
The university of Calgary offered me the ability to one my teaching skill sets, and development new tools for delivering effective lessons. I became a more confident teacher under the guidance of the different lab managers I worked under.
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