York University Reviews

Updated April 9, 2014
Updated April 9, 2014
83 Reviews
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Pros
  • Get work-life balance - caring of your education (in 5 reviews)

  • easy tasks to work on the floor, flexible hours to accommodate with your schedules (in 5 reviews)


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

  • Sometimes, I was required to put in long hours and often develop entire areas of the site on short notice for upcoming events (in 2 reviews)

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    Project Administrator

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  North York, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in North York, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good pay, nobody really pries into other people's work. Lots of opportunities to advance internally.

    Cons

    A big place so a lot of silo-ed operations. Everyone is trying to take from other budgets internally to address their own issues. HR is awful - I had been told I would be receiving full benefits upon job offer but these were later retracted. Campus has a reputation for being unsafe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the freeloaders who have no interest in advancing the University's goals or are averse to change. Build relationships internally between faculties and departments to remove the "us vs. them" budget mentality of the place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    York UIT Client Services IT Helpdesk

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at York University

    Pros

    Helps on resume. Good for networking, easy between full course load, no travel required (on campus), will help you learn time management skills, make new friends, easy work, will open doors for further technical jobs

    Cons

    Minimal pay. Dont expect this job to help you pay your tuition. Might help payoff your phone and coffee bill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying a bit more in wages.

  3.  

    A great student job that's simple and provides spending money.

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    Current Employee - Resident Night Porter  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Resident Night Porter in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The hours of this job were very accommodating for a busy student's schedule. Not too many responsibilities. Each shift is 3 hours - you work approximately 6 or 9 hours a week (2 or 3 shifts).

    Cons

    The job is a bit repetitive and boring. At times you can also feel unimportant and insignificant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Security guards sometimes give uncomfortable vibes.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    the university is better than i thought

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at York University

    Pros

    big university in toronto area

    Cons

    the benefit is too bad

  6.  

    Great people in my department but too much red tape

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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of resources, most people are very friendly and helpful, funding can usually be found, great health benefits (dental, vision, chiropractic, etc)

    Cons

    As soon as you have to deal with management it's a battle, you will often be treated as a number by the administration, expect a lot of mistakes regarding contracts and pay and read everything over closely

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More clear management needed. Interdepartmental communication would also help

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Everyone I know who has worked here in a contingent position wants to leave

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits if you can get a unionized position

    Cons

    Terrible management, inappropriate strategic direction, and a general lack of understanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be U of T. Be the best York possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Research assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The engineering dept. is expanding, due to additional funding. Small groups, more personal attention. A lot of smart and talented people around. Future is bright.

    Cons

    Funding is limited compared to other larger universities. Everything moves really slowly. Beware of people trying to pounce and take credit for your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Studying in York University

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

    I have been working at York University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The graduate faculty assistants are really helpful and also the faculty members from Department of Earth and Space sciences are really good and helpful.
    Most of the research took place in ESS department is mostly cutting edge research; and funding to the students is satisfactory too.
    Most of the funding to the students is from TA from Natural Sciences Division.

    Cons

    The number of courses available for undergrads and graduate levels are less.
    Less number of faculty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is Good and do take care of there students very well..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    great co-workers... miserable supervisor (bookstore)

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bookstore Sales Associate  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Bookstore Sales Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    great co-workers. they were positive and very friendly. they made the experience worthwhile.

    Cons

    miserable supervisor. it was clear some of the permanent workers were afraid to approach her or engage in casual conversation with their co-workers

    Recommends
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    Review

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

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

    Pros

    meet diverse people while working

    Cons

    Long hours involved in the job

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