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Working here has been a great opportunity to learn more my area of interest and major. I have the liberty to design my own hours and my supervisors trust me regarding that.
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Good work culture and team. We all work well together and work-life balance is prioritized to ensure you don't burn out. Never felt less stressed in a role
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Great experience

I applied for work-study and got the job; it's a great experience for undergraduates who want to gain experience to put on their resume. You will meet super nice people. Very supportive
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Fun and caring employers

Great people to work with throughout my employment. They actually care about helping you grow.Tight deadlines at times but an enjoyable experience in general.
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Productive and fun

Great people to work with! Everyone is passionate about their own field and you have a chance to meet new people, and much room for growth!Highly recommended
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overworked and underpaid

mediocre university, but life. sometimes you have nothing better, so you compromise by making decisions such as coming to this place. it makes you humble.
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All people you are working with are academic and respectful.

I learned a lot from every one there. It's a great job atmosphere. There are people there with different cultures and they respect each other, so it's fun to work there.
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Good Experience

I've been with this organization for two years, and it has been a fulfilling journey. The workplace culture here is exceptional, fostering a sense of collaboration and innovation. The leadership team is supportive, approachable, and genuinely values employee input.One of the standout features is the commitment to professional growth. There are ample opportunities for skill development and career advancement, which has allowed me to thrive in my role. Additionally, the company offers competitive compensation and benefits packages that demonstrate a genuine concern for employee well-being.The workplace is inclusive, with a focus on diversity and equity. This creates a welcoming atmosphere where everyone feels valued and respected. Communication within the organization is transparent, and there's an open-door policy that encourages feedback.One area for improvement could be streamlining certain processes to enhance efficiency further. However, this doesn't overshadow the overall positive experience I've had here. This workplace truly invests in its employees and provides an environment conducive to both personal and professional growth.
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Learn a lot, pay is low

Working there was a good learning experience as you have to study a lot. The pay isn't enough ($20.5/h for grad students) for the amount of time spend researching, but then again that depends on your supervisor.
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Wonderful Burnaby Campus

The SFU campus is situated at the top of a mountain with a pristine environment and beautiful brutalist-inspired architecture. The only problem is lack of free or affordable parking.
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Productive and relaxing workplace

A typical day may include different tasks. Sometimes you have to hold office hours, and sometimes you will conduct tutorials, but usually, you need to do the grading.
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nothing complain

Depends on which department and supervisor, overall SFU provide very goo benefits and flexible working hours. And students and staffs are happy here.
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Fun workplace

Amazing coworkers, work environment, and flexible hours. Caring employer to work for. I highly recommend working for this organization. A great work experience.


Free lunches
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Good working environment, but some courses have huge responsibilities and working hours

Depending on the course you TA, the workload and responsibilities are different. Some courses there are many students asking questions and joining office hour and therefore you may even need to work overtime. But for many courses, the work is relaxing and normally there are some occasions you can take a rest.
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Fun and Productive workplace

Everyone is friendly, the workload is reasonable and the job itself is chill.In terms of work, it's mostly cleaning, customer service, and leading the volunteers.
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Supportive and flexible enviroment

I really enjoyed my time at Simon Fraser University. It was the most supportive work environment I have ever had, and I did not experience rudeness from co-workers. The team I was with all seemed to mesh well and support one another. I was also allowed to work hybrid, and my boss never pressured me to work overtime or on weekends ever. Overall I would recommend working for SFU in Communications or marketing roles. Idk how it is for other roles or in other departments, though.
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Good university to attend

Co-op Education: SFU is known for its co-operative education programs, which provide students with opportunities to gain valuable work experience related to their field of study. Co-op programs alternate academic terms with work terms, allowing students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings.
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Good colleagues and department culture, terrible upper administration

This is a fine place to work, Not great and not terrible. The constant churn of administration creates a ton of inertia and policy seems to be reactionary rather than proactive or visionary. There is a constant sense of waiting to see what UBC does before making big decisions. Teaching load is reasonable. Facilities are average to below average for research and (sometimes) teaching.


Don't really have to show up at work as a prof!


Mediocre benefits, lack of leadership
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Good statistics department

The coursework was challenging but rewarding. Lots of support from the statistics department. Your mileage may vary depending on your advisor, but the department overall was great.
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Fun place to work

Friendly office staff, the job was rewarding for an entry-level position for student workers. The supervisors were very kind. Sometimes busy, but fair.
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Good position to work as a grad student.

Being a TA is probably one of the best jobs to do as a grad student because the professors you work for are more-or-less understanding of your own student schedule. The pay isn't bad for the amount of hours you work, and the TSSU/union really has your back.
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Based on 230 reviews

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4.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.8 out of 5 stars for Management
4.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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