University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
172 Reviews

4.1
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University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur
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63 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on your boss, flexible hours/time in lieu (in 12 reviews)

  • Very friendly work environment with helpful coworkers (in 12 reviews)


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

  • The graduate student offices in Davis Center are rather poor (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Inscitias et Mediocritas.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    Eternally funded benefits, if you can get em.

    Cons

    I'm not sure UW has a latin slogan: that seems to be a thing of the past, but if they needed one to describe and prevailing culture of University leadership, look no further than the title of this review. While the institution itself has an incredible reputation for innovation in engineering and computing, it's a miracle of modern management that this place manages to function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reboot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Center for Extended learning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, no pressure, no deadlines, chilled out, great work culture

    Cons

    Repetitive and boring work, not the best place to grow,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Teaching Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I was offered the position because I was a masters student, pretty flexible hours and not too demanding, gained a lot of experience working in conjunction with undergraduate students

    Cons

    I think the pay was a bit low for a TA in comparsion to other TA positions available at other schools, we didn't really get any training and were just expected to get right into it, we didn't get any formal feedback either

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should prepare TAs more to teach undergrad students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place for a job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Access Van Driver  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student Access Van Driver in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lovely atmosphere, very welcoming. I enjoy the neighbor-like feel around the office

    Cons

    Management are a pleasure to work with and are always setting up events to participate in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what ur doing!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    research assistant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    co-op program for undergrads which helps to get hired right after graduation.

    Cons

    graduates studies has less industry experience and less job opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should make a co-op like opportunities for MS and PhD candidates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Does not offer much learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    relatively flexible hours, low stress

    Cons

    little interaction, work gets repetitive

  8.  

    Coop at Uwaterloo

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Assistant  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Waterloo as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Gives you lots of mentoring and training,
    you can work on campus,
    people working at university are generally nice and conmendating

    Cons

    Most jobs are entry level jobs
    You have to have applied OSAP in order to apply a job on campus
    They just offer some simple jobs for students and there aren't many variaties

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Too Many Politics

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Desire for learning, updated technology, smart people

    Cons

    Too many politics, ideas aren't accepted on merit, no ability to be nimble

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what people are saying - there are a lot of good ideas being discussed but people are afraid to share them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good working experience overall

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Waterloo TA  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Waterloo TA in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, you can work at home.

    Cons

    Correcting assignments is very repetitive, and becomes boring after a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The TA assignment seems to be very random.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    French TA

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - French Ta  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - French Ta in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay well, flexible hours, good atmospher

    Cons

    Boring city, always doing the same thing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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