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York University Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
101 Reviews
3.7
101 Reviews
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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.  

    Great School

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at York University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment for learning at young age

    Cons

    Not much independence from Management in Decision Making

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great if you do well with bureaucracy!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at York University

    Pros

    It is a stable job for the most part and the benefits are great! Great options for public transportation! It is also unionized, so you can feel a little safe with your job stability.

    Cons

    Management is not very transparent in what they want to achieve; Constant restructuring of departments that causes inefficiencies and decreases employee moral. Also not a lot of opportunities for growth or advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We understand that the change has to happen; just be clear in what you intend to achieve!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It depends which faculty you are working for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at York University

    Pros

    Pay is really good compare to other places

    Cons

    Not enough room for career advancement

    No opinion of CEO
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    Experience

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    Current Employee - IT Technician in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Technician in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at York University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent Pay, good benefits. Everything is pretty good.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is kind of hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give students more freedom. Benefits are great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Administrator

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    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

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (more than an 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (more than an 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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