Working for the University of Calgary has been terrific, and I have been fortunate enough to work with a very collaborative and inspiring team. My understanding from other staff is that being a part of the right team with the right managers is key to how successful and satisfied you are at the University.
Unfortunately academic advisors are not held to employment standards of public enterprises. My advisor was burdened by a teaching schedule, his own research and research and it was not really a complete project at the end of the research.
A great place to develop professional skills as a graduate student with aspirations to delve further in to a professional career. I found it a great atmosphere to expand in my field and learned a plethora of interpersonal skills.
Never a secure job at U of C due to often lay off. Company started ridding off by hiring temporary and contract staffs than permanent ones. For contract staffs, U of C usually doesn’t extend the contract at the end of term.
Overall, there are a lot of lifers at U of C which makes it a decent place to work in some departments. Individual managers make or break your success and stability. This is the case with all large institutions.
I love working at the U of C's Student Calling Program. It is a very collaborative environment that brings people together from many different backgrounds. My job is interesting as a supervisor, because I get to work on a smattering of projects throughout my shift- administrative tasks, caller-support, making personal phone-calls to prospects whose donations were wrongly processed, etc. It can be stressful when you are the only one supervising a shift, but I enjoy it!
It a good place to work if you dont mind having HR ask you to spy and report back to them information regarding your collegues.
Respect is not a given nor is it earned. If you play along you get along until you do not.