Simon Fraser University
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Good pay for a student, relaxed

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As a TA, need to do tutorials and read exams. Work at your own pace, students are mostly okay, very little percentage actually cares about classes, means less work
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Excelent place to work

In the overall I enjoy working there, the managers and all the staff are super professional. The salary is a little lower that the average but is not to bad.
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Fast paced environment, good place to learn things

Good place to learn university policy and procedures. The hardest part would be talk with some hard students. The most enjoyable part would be told I have helped them a lot.

Pros

hybrid work day

Cons

not having any benefits for temporary jobs
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Good work place in general

Generally good, good students, software, and IT support. Little or no job support. Needs more permanent jobs, with career prospects. Too many temporary jobs.
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Such a mixed bag

Pros: students and faculty and other staff can be wonderful to work with, there are opportunities to do special projects, and depending on the department you might have access to some university resources (some informally, others built in, like the library, etc). Cons: very slow moving administration; being managed by academics is sometimes absurd; unpredictable: at times relationships are warm, at other times work culture feels truly toxic; university nickels and dimes by intentionally overlying on temporary labour, even when positions have been needed for over a decade (seriously— a decade plus long “temporary” is not unheard of)
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Decent pay and good work-life balance

No interview required for this position (heard one or two departments do require one though).Teaching assistants are unionized so there is the added benefit of getting paid for extra hours and added benefits.
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Inclusive environment and heavy workload

Great management and very busy around peak enrolment periods. There are lots of opportunities for advancement and the tuition waiver for permanent staff is a bonus.
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Great place to work

Great Place to work. Very collaborative and understanding. Staff very supportive. High job satisfaction. Great pay. Great work life balance. Excellent work culture.
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Relaxed and Room to Learn

Overall a relaxed atmosphere, good work life balance and lots of opportunities to learn as they are a University.Take home pay isn't very competitive, but the benefit package is great and could offset it, including 4 weeks paid vacation to start PLUS Christmas week paid off.
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Good place for students to start their journey in academia

Huge place so my review might not reflect the general trends, but I worked for a lab and really enjoyed working there. The lab supervisor is really nice and I learned tons about research and lots of insights.

Pros

Learning

Cons

None
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Research Assistant

As a graduate research assistant, I don’t have that much to say about this position. It’s a temporary position while a student. The quality of research positions depend of the project and supervisor. I’ve had several during my time as a grad student. Most of the time I was given simple tasks by my supervisor. My academic supervisor is great, and I was lucky to have him as a mentor.
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Good pay for a student, relaxed

As a TA, need to do tutorials and read exams. Work at your own pace, students are mostly okay, very little percentage actually cares about classes, means less work
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Good culture, helpful people, always get the help you need

Works days are relaxing and people are nice and helpful. Great Work-life Balance. Good benefits such as the fully covered pension plan. 4 weeks of vacation even for the new staff. Free Education for the family at SFU.
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Everyday was different

Great diverse environment and great people.Everyday was different with new challenges. There's a chance to work form home if needed and that was a big pro for me.
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Difficult to secure permanent position, but lots of temp opportunities

Temp positions are a great way to get your foot in the door however it is very difficult to secure a permanent position and can take a lot of job hopping
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Cannot recommend

Culture is ‘woke’ and there is no room for negotiation on political views (odd, since this is a learning institution ) Management is disorganized and communication between different levels of the institution is very poor. IT services often break down, a constant frustration. Management generally lacks professional experience and skills needed to perform in management rolls. Overall, the institution can be described as unprofessional, haphazard. I would not recommend the institution for work or academic study.

Pros

Solid benefit program

Cons

Pretty much everything else.
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Professional Productive Engaging

I have worked at SFU for over 20 years now. I am happy to have chosen such a great work environment. I feel empowered working here, a place where I feel encouraged, noticed. I have advanced my learning there and grown into a leadership role as a senior staff. I am happy receiving work benefits under a union based system. It is a great place to work and I am happy that I work there. I am sure that I will continue working at SFU until my retirement and pension time.

Pros

Fun lunch breaks with management and great meetings

Cons

Confusion with staff over competitiveness
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Great

Good place to work and work life balance. Full benefits provided including good pension etc. Lot of support help and training. Need to ravel between campuses

Pros

no

Cons

regualr hours
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Excellent working environment

SFU is rated as the best Employer in BC. Having worked there I fully agree. The work is challenging, interesting and fully involved. I highly recommend SFU.

Pros

Multiple work locations

Cons

Pay is below average
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Favouritism and Racism

To promote in SFU, you need connections. Few Unqualified managers are hired .You can get a lot of racists words everyday.Very bad atmosphere! The uneducated staff is a shame.
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Great workplace and helpful management

Great productive atmosphere. Management is helpful and provide good feedback when asked. One of the best workplaces. The only con I can think of is you will most likely work many temporary jobs before being able to secure a permanent position at the university.
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Based on 185 reviews

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4.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 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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