Ualberta Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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The University of Alberta (also known as U of A and UAlberta) is a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was founded in 1908 by Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first premier of Alberta, and Henry Marshall Tory, its first president. Its enabling legislation is the Post-secondary Learning Act. The university is considered a "Comprehensive academic and research univers


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Business Development Manager (Current Employee) says

"There are major issues at the heart of the culture at the university of alberta. This is all driven by a poorly structured and incompetent central human resource department. While some departments show merit, they are inevitably bogged by this critical challenge in their system. Do not apply for jobs here."

LECTURER (Former Employee) says

"The UofA has lost focus. It no longer cares about undergraduates (hasn't for a long time), and abuses its instructors."

Teaching Assistant for RENR (Former Employee) says

"no pressure on insuring graduation in will most likely be there for at least 5 yrs for a master and 8 yrs for phD...sometime even without being paid and nobody worry about that for as long as you pay tuitions."

observer (Former Employee) says

"High turnover in tech writer positions because some of the faculty are difficult to work with. Plenty of micro-management, low grade nasty politics, students treated with disrespect, and behind the scenes racist comments. Poor pay for demanding work at a level of skill and experience that far exceeds what the job description suggests. Expected to work overtime to meet deadlines without any compensation. Cons: nasty, bullying boss"

Lab assistant for SPSS Lab (Former Employee) says

"It is an institution that allow professional and academic development. One has the ability to develop multiple perspectives and to hear multiple perspectives on a topic."

Research Assistant (Former Employee) says

"I worked at the Philosophy Department. The department was, and still is, run by a white supremacist/Christofascist clique. Do not bother to apply if you are not of white European ancestry. Cons: racism, white supremacism, Christian fundamentalism"

Academic Advisor (Former Employee) says

"Work culture is incredibly demanding and awful. One is often thrust into extra duties and chores way beyond one's mandated responsibilities. Academics are an ignorant and incompetent bunch, very difficult to work with, unless one bows to their authority like a little servant and actually do their jobs for them. Staff are not any better when many cannot do their jobs and have no motivation to upgrade themselves. Nasty politics all around and even racist comments. There is little advancement opportunity because too many people are fighting for it. Many positions are temporary and do not pay for what we put into the work. The staff union is useless and does not protect their own. Cons: toxic work culture!!"

Division of Anatomy, Divisional Administrator (Former Employee) says

"Division of Anatomy is a really horrible place to work. Chair doesn't appreciate any work done other than his work."

Research Assistant Intern (Former Employee) says

"It was menial data collection work, boring and didnt learn anything. Prof was nice mainly did it for the experience and to write on my resume. Wouldnt do it again hours were nice 10-4 every day without breaks"

Spanish Seasonal Instructor (Current Employee) says

"One should not underestimate one's influence and inspiration on the students while moving about in the campus. The most enjoyable part is helping others to learn and seeing how they progress!"

Post Doc. Fellow (Former Employee) says

"good place to work. You will learn a lot. completely depend on funding resources. very low salary without any benefit. no time for personal life. Cons: depends on funding, very low salary"

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) says

"The University allows advisors a lot of freedom with their programs and how they manage their students. Unfortunately, this means that there is little structure for how students should be treated and who is responsible if deadlines aren't met. The University has no real means of reporting problems so you can be stuck in a terrible situation with no means of escaping. However, other students I worked with had wonderful and supportive advisors and PI's. Make sure you do research on what your boss will be like."

Human Resource Assistant (Academic) says

"The central HR team works very hard and needs some more recognition. Most of the hard workers are the front line employees. This was a good place to start and learn the foundation of the University."

Clinical Instructor - Full-time Sessional (Former Employee) says

"No staff retention. No continuing education process Cons: No support for the teaching staff"

Graduate Student (Former Employee) says

"When I was a MA student at Western, my degree was not funded by my department and I was not given any opportunities to be a TA or RA, which proved detrimental for my eventual PhD applications."

Special Projects Staff Member (Current Employee) says

"the boss never knows whats going on. no instructions are ever clear, it was honestly a horrible job. its very disorganized and communication is awful with everyone."

Operations Support (Current Employee) says

"Terrible management. Top heavy. Can't get anything done. Supervisor constantly holding job security over your head. Dead weight gets rewarded for not causing waves while hard workers are constantly punished."

Animal Care Technician (Former Employee) says

"Personally working at the University of Alberta with HSLAS was a miserable experience and I will summarize why below: you are doing 8 hour days in a kilometer-long basement, with very little interaction with co-workers of lab workers except for the casual waves in the hallway. The actual work committed was repetitive and morally difficult to perform. Management system here was a failure: there were 3 teams where you have a direct supervisor and a team-manager above them and each pair of them didn't get along and gave conflicting duties to complete for the day. I was trained poorly and thrown in over my head and was let go for making small mistakes that could have easily been supported and fixed. Most long time employees were unfriendly and un-supportive with only a few exceptions. I understand the health of specimens used in research was paramount and that the success of the research studies needed to be supported with high standards but I believe the termination of my employment was unwarranted based on a supervisor who did not get along with me. I am not the only person whom has had an awful experience working here and I wouldn't wish this position on anyone, save yourself the trouble."

Nurse RN, BN (Former Employee) says

"great place to gain knowledge, not a great place for co-workers. management was inappropriate Cons: management, too far from home"

Research Monitor (Former Employee) says

"I had a really good time at the U of A, and I had the chance to learn more about my field and related fields. Although my supervisor never had the chance to send me to an international conference, which that would had been a really nice experience."