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Simon Fraser University Reviews

Updated 17 January, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great team, great culture, great work life balance" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours, free tuition in continuing CUPE positions, good benefits, room to move up/try different things" (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay compared to other graduate programs but can be ok if you're diligent about applying for scholarships" (in 12 reviews)

  • "My overall experience has been pretty positive, no cons yet" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Credibility, benefits, range of work, different work locations and flexibility. However, work place will vary considerably depending on department and focus area.

    Cons

    Big university and so bureaucratic. Salaries could be higher. Experience is also very different depending on the campus. Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey are all options.

    Advice to Management

    Generic advice is not useful here, really depends on the department. Generally though I've found senior management capable, earnest and credible.


  2. "Account Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security as it is union.

    Cons

    No pay growth. Mediocre benefit plan

    Advice to Management

    Award people who have demonstrate.

  3. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University part-time

    Pros

    - Decent salary
    - Good benefits
    - Awesome job if you're a full-time student

    Cons

    - My overall experience has been pretty positive, no cons yet.


  4. "Amazing workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, great benefits, great work environment

    Cons

    A bit of a commute from downtown Vancouver


  5. "associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    pay is really good, people and culture very good

    Cons

    dont really have cons, very good company


  6. "GRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time

    Pros

    Research Freedom, lab quality, cheaper housing in area, ability to take time off when desired or work from home, good lab meetings and discussions

    Cons

    Poor food on campus, limited on campus housing or housing in the immediate area, gym is small and crowded during peak hours, parking close to buildings can be difficult

    Advice to Management

    Expand food and housing options, add an additional parking lot, consider a gym expansion, host events for individuals in different research communities to meet and interact


  7. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simon Fraser University full-time

    Pros

    Can get extra paid by TA and graduate fellowship

    Cons

    Base payment is even lower than minimum wage. Have to pay tuition as well

  8. "Working for SFU as a student"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Supportive managers
    Great co-workers
    Easy job most of the time
    Easy to get

    Cons

    Other students are hit or miss in terms of skill
    Sometimes there are students with nothing to do
    Poor office spaces
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Raise your expectations and give students more challenging work


  9. "Experience as a Teaching Assistant in Computing Science"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible timing; some benefits which are obtained through the struggle of TSSU; can learn some valuable knowledge through teaching the students.

    Cons

    Salary not very high; sometimes your teammates or lecturer can be quite irresponsible, which results in more pressure on you.


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simon Fraser University full-time

    Pros

    A good opportunity to keep up with state-of-the-art

    Cons

    Not enough income compared to the workload