University of Ottawa Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
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  1. Grad student researcher

    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Ottawa as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some profs are well known in their fields. The campus is in a nice location and the city is quiet chill.

    Cons

    Excessive bureaucracy. Administration staff members are very rude in all departments of the university (they have no idea about customer service). Grad students are under-appreciated by the management and have to pay outrageous tuition fees. Upper management prefers to pursue superficial PR campaigns rather than initiatives that improve student experiences at the university

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop prioritizing bilingualism over customer service training for your administration staff. Treat your grad students better; they enhance the university's reputation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Appearance is everything

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Ottawa

    Pros

    Working with intelligent people, great benefits and a beautiful campus to work in.

    Cons

    A culture of nepotism + low pay = very mediocre management and senior staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring leaders who are interested in collective goals for the institution instead of your golf buddies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    It was a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Ottawa full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable - mostly, rarely is anyone ever laid off.

    Cons

    poor advancement opportunities - unless politically connected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think many of the management are self-serving and lack client focus ( students are the clients).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. The money is good, but can you handle the drone treatment every day?

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    Current Employee - Transit Special Constable in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Transit Special Constable in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Ottawa

    Pros

    Salary, pension, benefits, unions. Educational opportunities, training, nice city to work and raise your family in.

    Cons

    Poor morale, management doesn't support it's workers, clients sense of entitlement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize people's contributions and achievements...praise is FREE!!!!

  6. Know why you want to work in an academic environment.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Ottawa

    Pros

    Work in a research environment, independent.

    Cons

    Low compensation, low working hours, no respect when moving to industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a clear goal and execute the plan.

    Doesn't Recommend

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