Educational and Productive environment to grow in.
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 15 August 2018
Our lab allowed for an amazing growth opportunity, with a supervisor who ensured that we gained skills that would server us outside academia. Working as a teaching assistant provided a chance to improve public speaking abilities as well as the critical thinking needed to convey material to students.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 22 July 2018
Typical day was ok. I learned about genetic sequence analysis, scripting, cluster computing. Management was ok, could be improved. The workplace culture was different as is a university rather than a conventional environment .
Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 20 June 2018
Kick-started my career as a research assistant there. Learned a lot about employment systems in Canada and in the Academic field. There are lots of options and opportunities, one needs to know what they want and go for it.
Tutor Marker, Education Dept (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 21 April 2018
SFU is a place of anxiety and pain. Do yourself a favour and get out instead of getting involved.
Management is oppressive, oversight of how your immediate superiors treat you is anything from lax to nonexistent and the system seems to rely on whoever the present lowest employee level is working extra hours unpaid. If you care about the overall health of the school then you'll be crying trying to alter things, but if you only care about your own butt then you might enjoy life under some one of SFU's many rocks of nonsense.
There are some cool people here
Miasma of fear and oppression, devious management, wage calculated to make life so hard you go into debt
Great atmosphere to work in, a bit difficult to deal with so many different departments
President of the SIAT Student Union (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 4 April 2018
My position often varied from week to week due to the diverse amount of projects and the different requests from different departments. This really helped me get exposed to a lot of different jobs and skills.I did not like dealing with waiting for different people to e-mail me back through the processes of the projects. I was always quite busy and it slowed me down a lot when clients would take longer than a week to respond about projects they asked me to do. However, my coworkers made up for any annoyances I had. I worked with a lot of SFU students so we got along quite well. Since they were senior students, I learned a lot from them as well.
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 13 March 2018
If you love reading academic texts and writing up long, advanced arguments about the state of your field of study then academia is for you. Your success is exactly what you put in and is definitely not for the lazy or faint of heart.
Fairly flexible and free working hours
Stress, writer's block, arguments and disagreements with peers common
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 7 March 2018
Simon Fraser University allows its student to keep working and learning about their careers as they study through a work-study program. I have been working through this program since I started university at SFU.
Student Caller (part-time) (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 29 January 2018
days are very punctual and a typical day is only 4 hours. I learned how to be persuasive over the phone when looking for donations for scholarships and evolved my verbal social skills. The environment was fun because I was working with like-minded students. the hardest part of the job was being denied donations and having to deal with rejection for a majority of the shift.
Administrator/Program Assistant (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 11 January 2018
Loved the team I worked with, I am now retired and do still visit and keep in touch with the office staff I worked with. We are all able to help each other and the part I loved most was dealing with the students and the public.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 4 January 2018
Dr.Plettner's lab in SFU is my first working place. I've learned so much throughout the year as a volunteer as well as a full-timer during the summer. I've also made some good friends and they accepted me more willingly than i expected. The most enjoyable part of the job would probably be the time we spent together after work and when everyone worked hard as a team.