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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
197 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Great work life balance with flexible hours (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.  

    Procurement and Contract Services Administrator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people in the Procurement Department. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. No politics at all from what I could tell. 9-5 job and i barely worked any overtime. Work - Life balance was great.

    Cons

    I think the only con I would say that it was during the time of the economic issues and my role could not progress as much as it could. Which is rather unfortunate as I enjoyed my time there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None required. I had a great manager and director.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great environment! Nice People!

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Waterloo as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    A very nice place to work. Everyone is super nice and I definitely enjoy interacting with students and faculties. Great!

    Cons

    Quite a bit of a commute as I don't own a car.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent working conditions, Very good staff members, Very good library, and moreover a very good campus

    Cons

    I didnt fins any Cons

    Recommends
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    It was completely relaxed and an amazing place to work!

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    Former Employee - WCMS Migration and Support Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - WCMS Migration and Support Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - work-life balance
    - good pay

    Cons

    no time off
    not great for promotions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent University

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Nice professor, good environment for startup companies.

    Cons

    Courses are not very challenging and Waterloo is freezingly code

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    good experience, learn a lot from here

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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 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
  9.  

    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

  10.  

    very good employer

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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 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
  11.  

    Excellent

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    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.

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