University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated June 8, 2015
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University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur
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Pros
  • The flexibility is excellent in terms of achieving a work- life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • great work environment for starting in the field (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • heavy pressure, heavy work load (in 5 reviews)

  • Low salary for RA/TA ( way lower than minimum published by grad studies for full financial aid) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Plant Operations, Records Clerk

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    Current Contractor - Records Clerk in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Records Clerk in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Getting into the university on a perm contract, if you can.

    Cons

    Very repetitive, not enough work, very strict working conditions, very controlling work environment, very hard to learn new skills in order to develop, stale atmosphere/culture, no positive feedback from management.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more positive work environment where employees are given positive feedback and constructive criticism.


  2. Poor place to look for career progression.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy work, high pay for doing little and little oversight.

    Cons

    Faculty and management are weak and support their weakness. Boring and lame city with little to do. Lots of bragging about the past but little of that translates to your undergraduate, graduate or staff experience.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be the big kids on the block, you are a mid-level school at best. Success in computer and electrical engineering is not transferred to the rest of the school, recognize that please. The school is average at best with the exceptional math and computer engineering, don't forget they hold up the rest of the school. Stop bragging and actually try to be good at what you do.


  3. UW insider

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big name just for outsiders

    Cons

    Very low quality campus life.. Low salary for RA/TA ( way lower than minimum published by grad studies for full financial aid).. Low quality research in most cases.. Very unhelpful staff


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  5. Low Income for research assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    active research environment, developing leading edge technology

    Cons

    Low Income for research assistant

    Advice to Management

    The salary for research assistant must be updated with other job positions



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