Manager (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 21 July 2017
U of C used to be a great place to work, but there is growing dissatisfaction within the management community who are expected to do more and more without appropriate compensation. Work-life balance is a thing of the past. Wellness support looks good on paper, but is not translated into the day-to-day environment. The leadership team is not trained or held accountable for mentoring or supporting employees to improve performance and maintain or increase morale. There is pervasive mentality that effectiveness should bubble up from the ranks rather than trickle down from leadership, and this is ineffective.
The most enjoyable part of the job is wonderful colleagues - the majority are willing to do whatever it takes to get the work done; however, the inevitable cost is exhaustion and negative attrition.
Excellent vacation benefits and competitive health benefits
Wage freezes of staff outside collective agreements; poor advancement opportunities
Customer Service (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 21 June 2017
Easy to do job that is sometimes made unnecessarily hard for employees by management. The pay is not enough to stake anything on so definitely recommend having another source of income. Workplace environment is relaxed.
Conference and Event Management Assistant (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 7 June 2017
The management and other workers are all very nice and easy to work with. This job involves a lot of walking and being on your feet, as well as a lot of lifting (light and heavy). Some days are extremely busy when there are a lot of events to set up, and some days are very slow when there are no events or if you only need to monitor. Overall an enjoyable job.
Often times you get free food.
Sometimes shifts can be very long or late (overnight), physically draining (must be in good shape)
Budget Administrator (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 5 June 2017
I was on contract at U of C. I really enjoyed this workplace, the people were nice, the office environment was casual and everyone was a team player to get the job done. I may look into other opportunities at the University.
ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 4 June 2017
At work I would help around the office and get tasks done. I learned how to input data and be efficient and get tasks done in a timely manner. The workplace was friendly and inviting. The hardest part of the job was sitting in a chair all day and it was very repetitive. The most enjoyable part was the staff and being able to listen to music or take breaks when I got tired.
Research Technician (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB, Canada – 4 June 2017
Clean, comfortable work environment. Intensive work. Medical research, including samples from actual patient. Unfortunately there was no opportunity for personal and professional growth on this position.
Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Biological science – 24 May 2017
The Biological Science Department at the University of Calgary works hard to make sure newly graduated students are given an opportunity to gain further experience before setting off into the working world.
Supportive faculty and peers
Administrative paperwork could be slightly more streamlined
Transport organiser (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 16 May 2017
On a typical day of work, I receive customers with different moods and with unpredictable mood swings. It is not easy to determine characters at first view from what I realized because at times I got to speak to someone who was rude and bold to me. It was quite unfortunate but then to compose myself, I behaved gentlemanly. At the same time, meeting new friends that were co-workers was also quite an incidence; some welcoming and friendly and others vice-versa. I try as much as possible to stay close to those who think I am good to them and I help them as much as I can if I had the opportunity to do so.My happiest moments were with such friendly people because they made work easy in that we were collaborative.
Provided growth and learning opportunities for employees
Co-op Communications Coordinator (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 9 May 2017
Was a great place to work as an intern because it provided many learning opportunities that allowed me to develop new skills. The culture is very collective and the offices and faculties try to work together to create a learning network within the organization.
Learning opportunities, variable work tasks
Very bureaucratic, sometimes took a long time to get approval for tasks
Oil and Gas Technologist (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 11 April 2017
University of Calgary is a good work place. Good people to work with Work balance with life . Time to and from work is good. Good benefits for workers. Many programs available to enjoy around campus in work day time and evening time
Goos work place, goos people to work with, good benefits
Hard to get a job here. Requires qork knowledge and experience
Accountant (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 6 April 2017
The University of Calgary is a great place to work if you have a family and are content with a high level of job security. It is less so if you are a person who wishes to grow in your role as a person and an employee, and is not for anyone who is of a competitive nature.
Interim Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 21 February 2017
Perhaps because it is a post-secondary academic institution, there is a strong focus on individual learning to enhance one's skills---if only there were enough hours in a day to permit it. The University places an emphasis on continuous learning which is commendable. I took advantage of as many in-house courses as I could manage given my heavy workload.
The workplace culture is collegial and not a particularly competitive environment. Most work teams assist each other when there are deadlines to meet or extraordinarily onerous assignments.
Diversity of employees and wonderful park-like environment on campus
Focus seems to be on recruiting young employees & not more mature workers