University of Alberta Employee Reviews
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I never thought that work for an education institution would be so great. At my time with the U of A, I have learned and grew my experience. My leadership team has given me the tools and support to enhance my skills. The culture is super inclusive so I know everyone is looked at as equal. This is a place to stay for the long haul.
7 hour work days, Christmas Shutdown, amazing benefits
Vacation days need to be accrued before they can be taken
The perks (free lunches and remission of tuition) and benefits were excellent, plus the union helped keep jobs secure and salaries well-compensated. The lunch hours were 1 hour long, and you still got paid for 30 minutes. Plus, work-life balance, personal development, and schedule flexibility (some departments even gave Flex time!) were very valued. But, huge discrepancies with workplace culture within certain faculties and departments. Also, 'lifers' became complacent and worked like unionized teamsters. So, many work departments were more toxic than others. And work recognition or encouragement for career development was rare.
Free lunches and classes, great benefits with union, decent job security
Toxic work culture prevalent, challenging to deal with Academic personalities and egos at times
Mostly you can set your hours within reason during the day and your schedule. There is not a lot of direction or onboarding given to many positions and the IT system can take a bit to get set up. The work is valuable and you do feel part of something
Pay, Benefits, Location
We are doing surveys over the phone, people are always busy so sometimes they get mad if they reach the phone only to find out its just us calling to do a survey. I dont recommend it because they are already close.
It was a great place to work, but for years we had the constant threat of being laid off due to budget cuts. This really wears down people and what was once a great environment that while busy still allowed people to have fun, turned into a much more depressing atmosphere. I'm sure that once this current round of massive cuts and they get proper funding once again it will turn into a nicer place to be again. You will notice that there is a distinct difference between support staff and the academics. Support staff are always the ones that are dispensable and some of the academics certainly treat you that way.
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ocated in Edmonton, Alberta, the university offers the best of city lifestyle and a beautiful outdoor environment, with parks and a river valley surrounding the North Campus. Edmonton is a major hub for Alberta's thriving industries and offers excellent job opportunities for students and graduates. The main campus is located centrally, with a subway station granting easy access to attractions throughout the city.
Overall I was satisfied working at the U of A. I met academics doing impactful work that I could believe in. Worked with many supportive colleagues who are now great friends. Benefits and pay are great. The problem I experienced is decentralization in the university causes every area I worked in to be a new place to navigate. In terms of supporting employees, nothing is consistent. I experienced toxic workplaces and micro management where managers did not align with the university's plan for employees and nothing was being done. This could be corrected by central HR. My managers did not give me performance reviews or discuss my career growth. Often the next step positions are targeted for a specific person and so unless you are that person there is no room to grow.
Loved doing my undergrad at the U of A, however it takes up all of your time, and profs can expect a great deal if you are in their lab. Many lecturers know their subject well, some teach better than others. Over all what you would expect from studying an academic degree.
Saved my life when l had noone to turn to . Able to ise libraries anf food vourts freely. Able to use classrooms and bathrooms for research and hygiene. Enjoyed the use of tje gym as well.