Every day is something different and I love diversity in the workplace!
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 18 June 2014
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.
Meeting new people, taking courses for free, excellent benefits with Flexible Spending Account.
Not always shown appreciation for my effort from Team Lead(s).
Student Support (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 15 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.