University of Toronto Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • working with lots of nice people, work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • good benefit; relatively secure jobs; a good learning environment where you can go to school while working; possible flexible hours (in 17 reviews)

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

  • Rough job and working hours that are very tiring (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Toronto

    Pros

    The hourly pay is quite high compared to other universities or graduate programs. It's a relatively easy way to finance education.

    Cons

    The overall experience largely depends on which professor you TA for. If you get a nice professor, then the experience can be easy and fun. Otherwise, ...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Try to ensure that professors' demands stay within the TA job descriptions. Training sessions were informative.


  2. Grad Student

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I got to work on projects of my own making for five years, what's not to like?

    Cons

    You're a grad student, everything you've heard is probably accurate. The hours are long, the pay is awful, but you get a PhD out of the deal.

    Advice to Management

    This is academia, it's kind of an internship. I don't really expect much more than I got


  3. great company to work for. I like it.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Toronto

    Pros

    office hours are flexible and culture is great.

    Cons

    nothing in particular that comes to mind.


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  5. Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    High powered placed with great ppl and looks of resources.

    Cons

    Postdocs are not considered "employees" officially so its like you are doing contract work. This may of changed since this review has been posted. Taxes are not automatically withdrawn and you have negotiate and figure out health benefits (other than OHIP).


  6. Graduate student career development in Biochemistry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities for development (professional and skills-based). While the student stipend is limited in relation to cost of living, it's possible to graduate with a Master's or PhD without debt (tuition and living).

    Cons

    Some tenured professors are not invested in teaching and mentorship, as is usual for large universities and labs. There is little oversight for treatment of post-docs, as well.

    Advice to Management

    Post-doc association and/or ombudsperson.


  7. Lecturer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Toronto

    Pros

    good pay, good opportunities, location

    Cons

    Benefits, lack of competition for positions


  8. Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Toronto

    Pros

    They offer very good pay

    Cons

    I do not see any cons for it.


  9. Depends on which research group you work in!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Toronto

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, great for resume

    Cons

    Work could get boring at times


  10. PhD candidate

    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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great dynamic research environment, with exceptional level of funding and access to research facilities.

    Cons

    - Somewhat pretentious attitude about the institute; and occasionally focused more on the appeal of the research than the substance. - There is an attitude of showing more (financial) appreciation for support and administrative staff more than for the academic staff whom ultimately fulfill the purpose of this institution.

    Advice to Management

    More integrity in the process; better distribution of wages for the actually important academic staff members instead of spending so much on (sometimes redundant) administrative staff.


  11. research assistant

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    Former Employee - PhD Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - PhD Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Toronto (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good lab to work with. convenient location. great colleagues and professors. lots of presentation and learning opportunities. leading edge equipments and techniques

    Cons

    working as a research assistant, the salary can not be compared to a position in the industry. many of the postdoc or research assistant positions are under term contract, not permanent.

    Advice to Management

    the benefit package can be a bit further improved. otherwise, the salary level is not as outstanding as the R&D position in the industry.



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