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University of Toronto Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
332 Reviews
3.9
332 Reviews
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Pros
  • Lots of things to learn, decent work-life balance ( depends on your mentor) (in 16 reviews)

  • Relatively flexible hours, great work environment with fun colleagues, good pay (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is hard to manage (in 6 reviews)

  • Working hours are not strictly what they say in the contract (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Toronto

    Pros

    Benefits, atmosphere, hours, educational opportunities

    Cons

    no breaks, no health insurance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve empl;oyee relations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not What I Expected

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    Former Employee - Administrator
    Former Employee - Administrator

    I worked at University of Toronto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Central location. If your supervisor favors you, you are given more leniency than other co-workers.

    Cons

    I did not find them respectful of my job description or one's employment rights. I was expected to work extra hours regularly without pay, and if I didn't they found reasons to write me up. Some supervisors disapproved of us expressing a difference of opinion. I found the environment old fashioned, whereby women workers are expected to be demure and passive, which is surprising given this is a leading educational institution. Even though they occasionally hire non-caucasions, I notice the ethnic people are shunned, and expected to work harder than the others. It's my experience that what UofT promotes is inconsistent with what happens behind the scenes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees and faculty about cultural diversity and unconscious/conscious stereotyping. Provide orientations to new employees and offer mandatory annual courses to improve interpersonal and professional skills. Educate upper executives and faculty on respectful communication and how not to bully, and how to build good rapport with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    PhD student

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Toronto full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nothing good to say about this hell hole for grad students.

    Cons

    The professors are extremely arrogant and abusive to grad students. They do not include them in research, as they are supposed to be training them to do research. Instead, they take brilliant people in who have tremendous qualifications and have them grade papers. They humiliate their grad students so that they become depressed and feel worthless and have lost all self esteem. Myself and others have experienced long term illnesses as a result. Stay away from UofT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    End the abusive environment. Given that you cannot fire tenured professors, end the PhD programs until they can be redesigned to ensure PhDs are receiving proper attention. Also, hire professors not only for their publication record - we all know this is a game - but also for their teaching and mentorship records.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not a great place if you are looking for a career; unionized jobs with a weak union.

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

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time

    Pros

    Discounts on tuition fees; free undergraduate tuition for children.

    Cons

    Poor health and pension plan; low wages; routine, unpaid, overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the employment agreements you agreed to with the union, don't try to stall every step in the process. Check on overtime, it's being abused. Not everyone is 45+ with children, some of us want to have careers. Culture of doing as little as possible, going the extra mile is not rewarded (possibly penalized).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't be fooled!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice campus, easily accessible campus from many areas

    Cons

    -It's really about who you know, not what you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring people based on merit, not who they know! There are way to many people who are in roles they are not qualified for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good environment for career growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Toronto

    Pros

    State of the art facility

    Cons

    Bad for career development especially for post-doctorate fellow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exploitation

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a good University, world class research is done at the expense of exploiting their trainees

    Cons

    long PhDs, little incentive to improve the program as their name/reputation attracts an abundance of smart young students that don't know any better, some serious concerns regarding harassment at the student-supervisor level with students not feeling like they have the support to report it on the record.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's your moral duty to do something about the PhD program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor employee morale, poor compensation and no room for advancement.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Toronto

    Pros

    Great work/life balance - although you officially get very few vacation / sick days, the hours are flexible and not closely monitored.

    Cons

    No benefits. No room for advancement. Decrepid falling apart buildings with sub-standard working environments. Poor morale. Disconnected management. Laughable compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Telling all staff that you are "replaceable" and treating them like children (despite most of us having PhDs!) is not a great way to instill loyalty and high morale in the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you're going to be treated poorly during your postdoc, you might as well go someplace with a better reputation.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Toronto

    Pros

    Good research funding.
    Good scientific ideas.

    Cons

    Postdocs are treated very poorly with no job security, little pay in a very expensive city, no benefits. Most PIs are very bad managers with little to no interest in helping you advance your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete overhaul of postdoc system within the University.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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