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McGill University Reviews in Montreal, QC

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.6 96 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

McGill University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum

Heather Munroe-Blum

(42 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The working environment is quite relaxed and the people you are dealing with are mostly friendly(in 9 reviews)

  • McGill has a great location which makes it attractive for many people(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Low salary, few opportunities to advance(in 7 reviews)

  • very low pay compared to working off campus(in 6 reviews)

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    Great University, but the work environment depends on the boss

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsCampus job, relaxed environment, you can work on your own schedule as long as you can finish the task in time

    Conshigh taxes, some professors are mean while some have funding issues. The contract is only valid for several months and we need to beg for extensions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's fine

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mismanaged and overrated

    Research Associate (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsInteresting and knowledgeable people. Most work places are located in the city center on a nice campus. McGill health research is broad and is located in several hospitals and institutes.

    ConsTalking about work is more important than doing work. Many employees are not self-startes and the research groups are often not very dynamic. Research assistants are underpaid, overworked and often frustrated. Medical doctors and professors are overrated and overpaid. This is - at most - an average university in health research. However, due to its diversity of groups and institutes there are still many exeptions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your act together. Less hot air, more real work. You should care more about junior researchers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Typical grad student life.

    Graduate Student (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsMcGill will look good on the diploma. It is a world leader in many fields and has many well-known researchers, which will definitely help with getting a post grad school job.

    ConsSalary is basically a slave wage and we're expected to work all the time. Graduate school is absurd like that and we have no recourse. It's an endless cycle where professors think they own us because they're paying us pennies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place -- but not ideal for career advancement

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros- Generally stress free.
    - Nice campus

    Cons- no life changing innovation taking place on campus
    - no strong connection with outside industry
    - some beareaucracy

    Advice to Senior Managementstrong commitment to work life balance, good co-workers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    perfect for undergrad training but not for grad training anymore

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsMcGill still offers great deal of research sources and recent investment in proffesional development.

    ConsSalary pay rate is recently dropped down to 13th place among Canadian institutes. Once "Harvard of Canada" cannot pay top salaries and cannot offer guaranteed admission for graduate students and very limited funding opportunities for postdocs.
    Recent changes in minimum salary requirements of grad students and postdocs at MUHC (McGill University Health Centre) affiliated labs, there is no minimum requirement anymore, so any PI can pay grad student or postdoc anything they want, even lower than McGll University recommendations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsFlexible working time, friendly working environment. Nice colleges.

    ConsNot always learn new stuff. Repeat the same work everyday.

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    Great time working as Undergraduate Researcher

    Summer Undergraduate Researcher (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsLearned a lot from my supervisor, got to get great hands on experience while at the same time developing good team work skills and personal skills.

    ConsHad some long hours at times

    Advice to Senior ManagementWould have been better to have a bit more focus on my work towards the end.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Waste of time if you are not seeking a job in academia

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsLess amount of work compared to work in a company

    ConsLow income
    Less work experience when you enter industry
    More stressful compared to work in a company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    balanced environment

    PhD Candidate (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Prosrelatively not so competitive, more time for family,

    ConsPersonally I'd like a place more competitive

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe a requirement should be set for graduate, such as how many publications should be published during the period.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great City and University. Very Research Intensive

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros+ Lots of very intelligent people working in Academia
    + Great location in a very good city
    + Diversity of employees makes for a good multicultural experience

    Cons- Being in research, compensation is a little on the low side
    - Administrative matters tend to be confusing and take a long time to resolve

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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