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York University Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
104 Reviews
3.7
104 Reviews
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York University President Mamdouh Shoukri
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I got to work from home a lot which provided a good work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • It is a stable job for the most part and the benefits are great (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Red tape: there are a lot of formalities involved and you have to plan for every move well ahead of time (in 3 reviews)

  • Can get a little boring at times (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Horrible experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The culture in the organization was informal and relaxed environment with good benefits including opportunities for career and academic advancement. Excellent pension scheme.

    Cons

    Very conservative and surprising although innovation was preached their IT infrastructure was poor for the central administration. My attempt to change things were met with strong opposition by some of the senior folks whose knowledge of technology was limited. Some of the infrastructure i recreated during my short term with them are being used long after leaving the organization. I was surprised to observed that a reputable educational institution has very inefficient staff human capital management system and kept inaccurate data that made it nearly impossible to management the function for which i was employed. The hated any collaboration with Unions even if it is for their mutual benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice management to get rid of staff who are not willing embrace innovation and technology that is aligned to the university's strategy to attract and retain talents to its administrative staff group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional organization with poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The university has some pockets of great teams and enlightened senior management, but these are the exception.

    Cons

    Poor management driven by self-interest and preservation rather than by delivering high quality education and ancillary services. There are many incompetent middle managers who thrive because they do little and don't expose major dysfunction within the institutions. Students suffer with poor services and often, misinformation that directly impacts their lives. The budget situation is dire - they are facing insolvency in 2017 unless drastic changes are made at the institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace 90% of your management teams - they are failing the institution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible Place.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at York University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This place has virtually no pros.

    Cons

    Everything about this place is dysfunctional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire 99.9% of your administration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awful

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    Current Employee - Video in North York, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Video in North York, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at York University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great if you are in a union.

    Cons

    Ridiculously low pay, poor labor relations, work stoppages, negative media attention, overpriced everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees what they are worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It was good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University

    Pros

    It was a very good experience for my working there because I worked a lot of hours during the week.

    Cons

    It was a bad experience for me working there because I had to work overtime during the weekends and on weekdays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please allow breaks during the winter seasons because its very cold in Canada. Also, workers should get flexible hours during the year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stressful

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

    I worked at York University

    Pros

    Flexible shifts with academic terms

    Cons

    Lack of employee respect, pay too low for work demand, most management treatment with employees disrespectful, lack of management coherence

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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