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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
186 Reviews
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Pros
  • very reasonable pay, friendly people and work environment (in 13 reviews)

  • Depending on your boss, flexible hours/time in lieu (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.  

    Prestigious University

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    Current Employee - Grad Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Grad Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    University of Waterloo is one of the best universities in North America being constantly ranked first as the most innovative Canadian university.
    It has a huge campus and great facilities with most of the labs and classrooms being modern and well maintained.
    You get to see people from all over the world getting together and enjoying undergrad life. Courses are demanding, time consuming and challenging, but you have the satisfaction of being part of a high end environment.

    Cons

    Tuition might be higher compared to other universities, but it offers the co-op terms so that one can earn money while studying.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Excellent University

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Nice professor, good environment for startup companies.

    Cons

    Courses are not very challenging and Waterloo is freezingly code

    Recommends
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  3.  

    good experience, learn a lot from here

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    heavy workload and lots of stuff to do

    Cons

    nice environment and a great many opportunity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Working at waterloo

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    learned a lot was able to grow

    Cons

    too much work stressfull bad pay

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    very good employer

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

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

    Pros

    very reasonable pay, friendly people and work environment.

    Cons

    cannot think of any, it was very good experience!

    Recommends
  7.  

    Excellent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    There's lots of room for movement within the university, and the uni is working on increasing internal mobility. Of course, work experiences will vary across departments, but my supervisor in CECA was phenomenal, and the exec worked hard to make communication within a large department (and with staff spread across Canada) work smoothly. Some of the universal pros to working at Waterloo include: absolutely great benefits package, confidential career advising for staff, a staff association advocate, and policies designed to promote professional development. I was impressed that the university seemed to take an arm's length approach to the staff advocate role and career advisor role, instead of trying to make them serve a larger organizational mandate. Many departments seem to have flex time.

    Cons

    As at any university, there can be difficulties bridging the perspectives of staff and faculty. You'll also find the occasional bad apples - and they sometimes stick around, since the university has (good) policies in place to make sure that people are given reasonable coaching rather than prematurely fired. The people I met who seemed dissatisfied with the university as an employer had typically been there since the year dot, and had no points of comparison.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Very nice experience overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Waterloo as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Good Teaching Assistant salary, enough money for graduate students in addition with Research Assistantships
    - Great communication and cooperation between the TA team and course instructor; very good flexibility in case one TA is not able to attend his session due to unseen circumstances.

    Cons

    - You will have to work very hard and keep polishing your concepts to satisfy intellectual demands of the students
    - sometimes issues with setting up of meeting times with the students

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great people to work with!

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility in duties and timings
    Well paid
    Easy work
    Get to work with professors

    Cons

    No promotion opportunities for teaching assistant position
    Marking papers is sometimes boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward good TAs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  10.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    everything, people are nice and supportive. people are very supportive, supportive people

    Cons

    boring job, basic pay, minimum wage, doing this to fill the rview not much career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

  11.  

    Great school great support

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    top research scientists, excellent teachers and programs in mathematics

    Cons

    not enough career help for graduates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good

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