Why do you think SFU is a winning employer?

October 18, 2007

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Fiona Brinkman, Associate Professor, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry | I was attracted to SFU because I saw it as a place where I could perform internationally competitive research in an atmosphere that was supportive of an overall high quality of life. On-campus childcare, the nearby forest trails, close access to skiing and other outdoor activities, and interaction with colleagues who are academically excellent but have families and an active lifestyle, really make a difference. Relative to some other institutions I’ve been familiar with, there has been less red tape and more access to the administration when needed. Whenever issues have come up, such as the recent need to improve maternity leave benefits, they have dealt with them effectively. It appears that this type of positive work-life culture has been attracting similar-minded faculty, which is great.

Silvana DiTosto
, Event coordinator, Ceremonies & Events | I work in a professional yet such a caring environment, open to all the different cultures around us, whether it be faculty, staff or students. It’s so rewarding seeing everyone happy at many of our events, particularly Convocation which is known to be one of the most exciting and colourful in Canada. Every time I walk across the pond within the AQ, I can’t help but smile and think to myself ‘I’m so lucky to work here!’

Alan Black, Manager of Pension & Benefits | The unique environment hidden away on top of a mountain, the extraordinary amenities—and the competitive pension and benefits—make a gratifying atmosphere. After 30 years in the private sector, the transition to the public sector has been a highlight of my career. It’s fun to work with friendly and helpful people. You’re a team working toward a common and important goal; helping educate the next generation of leaders in Canada.

Emelia Kirkwood,  Undergraduate Advisor, Biological Sciences | I like working at SFU for the camaraderie among staff and faculty. The students I work with are superb. I also like the spirit of democracy in the biology department—decisions are made based on consultations and input from individuals who are directly involved with day-to-day activities. And, of course, the view of the mountains, the inlet and the city below is beautiful.

John Grant, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Work Integrated Learning Unit | SFU values their employees. They involve us in task forces and committees. When they were hiring our new registrar and senior director of student services, they opened the floor to us to hear the interviews and participate in the process. The benefits are incredible, particularly free tuition and the focus on fostering lifelong learning.

Doug Puffer, Director of Planned Giving | SFU has given me the opportunity to create a whole new program and that’s something that I appreciate. I’ve been given the green light and support from all the different areas of the university. It’s the flexibility and openness to new ideas and the great support that we get from our alumni.

Ivana Filipovic, Design Manager, Learning and Instructional Development Centre | SFU cares about its people. We are constantly encouraged to grow personally and professionally. The environment is supportive and appreciative. I love working here.

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