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Simon Fraser University Reviews

Updated 18 April, 2019
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Simon Fraser University President & Vice-Chancellor Andrew Petter
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Pros
  • "Great team, great culture, great work life balance" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Nice people, great benefits, great work environment" (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay and low professional respect" (in 14 reviews)

  • "My overall experience has been pretty positive, no cons yet" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Love my job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work - lots of opportunities and challenges.

    Cons

    The higher ed industry is not very everyone - it's hierarchical and bureaucratic. But, interesting to navigate the organizational politics, if that sort of thing amuses you.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have any advice. It's not an easy industry - lots of traditions, and working with people (academics) who are not necessarily focused on the business aspect of the organization (as they shouldn't be). I believe senior management is doing the best possible under the circumstances.


  2. "Temporary pool"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time

    Pros

    Relax Environment, nice team and staff

    Cons

    slow environment sometimes you get bored

  3. "Pros and cons for project management job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours during the week

    Cons

    Not Structured Management before deadlines


  4. "TA-Okay but low salary"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Burnaby, BC
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Simon Fraser University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, enjoying some benefits. Students are generally nice and polite, easy to deal with.

    Cons

    Salary is low. Some co-workers are free-riders.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the salary of the low-level employees, reduce the salary of the higher-ranked administrative staff. I know it is unrealistic, but it can really help the university.


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A good way to make money on campus.

    Cons

    No cons. Great place to work


  6. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simon Fraser University part-time

    Pros

    Great people and enthusiastic co-workers.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything bad.


  7. "Excellent experience"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Simon Fraser University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great faculty and support staff. Facilities were top notch, at least in my field.

    Cons

    Honestly can’t think of anything negative to say about the program or facilities.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not sure how this can be in the top 100 employers of BC"

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    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Views from Burnaby Mountain. Nice people.

    Cons

    Toxic. Terribly managed. No mentorship. The union is also questionable. I have over 10 years of experience in higher education and have never seen a university or college ran so terribly. Very confusing structure. The employer penny-pinches employees instead of encourages a structure of empowerment and honour. Very patronizing in its practices. I had been warned about SFU being a poor employer, I guess I had to learn from experience.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people from other university and learn from them. Your structure is problematic. You're failing to grow.


  9. "RA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simon Fraser University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working schedule and access to the university resources

    Cons

    Low pay and low professional respect


  10. "Good for opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simon Fraser University part-time

    Pros

    Had great opportunities to work with a professor in my field of study, during which time I was given plenty of work which pushed my skills further.

    Cons

    Work hours were sporadic if not flexible.