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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
201 Reviews
4.2
201 Reviews
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University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The flexibility is excellent in terms of achieving a work- life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • very reasonable pay, friendly people and work environment (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • The graduate student offices in Davis Center are rather poor (in 6 reviews)

  • while the work load is a little bit heavy, because my supervisor is quite ambitious (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Front desk assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time

    Pros

    Not very demanding work given

    Cons

    No competition people are too relaxed about their job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Typical Government - entitled staff, no desire to achieve or provide good service

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Student energy, ability to shine with a little effort, campus is a self contained city with amenities, educational opportunities

    Cons

    tenured staff and long time employees who never work above and beyond, dated IT, mindset that "nobody is as complicated or understands what we do here", 9-5 Monday to Friday attitude in IT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    revamp, get rid of old school mindset, invest in technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not worth the effort

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    There are some very talented undergraduates. Job hours are quite flexible. Cost of living is quite low.

    Cons

    Colleagues are very unfriendly. Compensation is mediocre, and not merit-based. Difficult to recruit good graduate students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a good place to work as TA or RA

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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

    Pros

    nothing, my peers are very good

    Cons

    No appreciation, less pay and too much work load not divided equally among staff of same level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should deal each department on same level

  6.  

    An OK place to work

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    good reputation in Canada, good programs in cs and math

    Cons

    Too many self-important people, too many over-paid professors who barely do any work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your student, not only their money, and hire more devoted professors who can DO their jobs, not just TALK a lot all day.

    Doesn't Recommend

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