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University of Toronto Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
332 Reviews
3.9
332 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Friendly people but loads of inefficiencies and complete lack of innovation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at University of Toronto part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Especially good that you are surrounded by students or alumni that care for UofT

    Cons

    No way to recommend something as everything has been planned for the year ahead and you are no one to have a say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more brainstorming sessions with students that work for you to realize what will actually be beneficial for them instead of assuming

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

    It was fun experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Toronto

    Pros

    Great research university, big city, decent pay, opportunity to help teach hundreds of students across all diversity, good opportunity to do research.

    Cons

    Sometimes the content is very challenging, sometimes hard to keep a good life/work balance, students do not always show up to office hours and require help near important dates

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Super challenging culture for anyone in a non-academic role/division

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

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

    Pros

    It's so big that you can be exposed to lots of opportunities for growth and different kinds of people

    Cons

    The office culture in non-academic roles/divisions is cut-throat and selfish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people once in a while, leave your egos at home, and don't say it's OK to make mistakes when it's really not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Graduate Student at University of Toronto

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    you will get a degree (eventually)

    Cons

    run more like a business than an academic institution that should prepare you for your future job
    china's favorite university

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve on value of education
    increase admission restrictions - better selection of students/profs necessary!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Toronto as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good research opportunities, academic freedom

    Cons

    bureaucracy galore, no chance of advancement or next steps

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Working as library assistant in UofT

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Circulation Desk Clerk in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Circulation Desk Clerk in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Simple job that can get you enough money to pay rent so its not difficult to do it while being full time student! It is tough to get in because different libraries have different hiring cycles and past staff has seniority and will be returning to work in the Fall and Winter so its rare to find openings available. Try speaking with the circulation desk coordinator in early August for work in the Fall and Early December for work in Winter. Thank the Union for getting a pay higher than minimum wage.

    Cons

    This job is only to help out with expenses. There is little to none intellectual challenge, social interaction or career advantage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience at U of T

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Toronto

    Pros

    Flexible work hours; convenient public transit

    Cons

    lower wage compared to the market;

  9.  

    Graduate Student at U of T

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good place to do research, good climate.

    Cons

    Sometimes very competitive to put out new ideas. Lab work gets tedious.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    5 years of hard work, lots of difficulties, but also lots of learning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

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

    Pros

    It is a prestigious university. So it might actually help to graduate from this university for getting a job.
    Even though there are many disadvantages, your experience can be very different depending on who you work with. Specifically, it would be nice to work with someone who has the same kind of attitude and work-life style as you.

    Cons

    horrible culture, most people are workaholic.
    no social interactions
    no work-life balance
    supervisors have way too much power, and there are no rules preventing them from torturing their graduate students

  11.  

    Busy life because I need to do many labs and lab reports.

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    Current Employee - Summer Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Summer Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Gain hands on experience, improve problem solving skills

    Cons

    Low salary, nearly no spare time during the summer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N.A.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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