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McGill University Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
194 Reviews
3.9
194 Reviews
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McGill University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum
Heather Munroe-Blum
86 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you're looking for great work-life balance, this is the place for you (in 6 reviews)

  • very well paid, nice working environment and flexible time management (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, generally disorganized with respect to assignment of TAs and contracts/grading, etc (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Worked at the McGill Bookstore. Easiest job I have ever had.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at McGill University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I got paid. Not very much, but it helped. Training took about four minutes. The other students working there were chill. Would recommend keeping your phone on you - it can get a little boring.

    Cons

    I was a cashier. I sold books. I wasn't very good at counting (read: I was lazy), so I would usually just round up to the nearest dollar. Whatever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the hard work - you earned that high score in Bejeweled, fair and square.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGill University

    Pros

    friendly leadership aggrasive promotive nice

    Cons

    not practical. hard. too aggresive. french

  3.  

    Really great depending on what department you work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Peer Advisor in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lead Peer Advisor in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at McGill University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I was given the opportunity to suggest new things and learn on the go.
    The job was part-time and I could do the hours whenever I had the time or when we would have an event to plan.

    Cons

    I wish there was even more to do in the office since it was great to interact with colleagues while I was there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help spread the great culture of the Desautels Career Services to the rest of McGill! There would be more happy employees for sure!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGill University as a contractor

    Pros

    The wage was decent for Quebec

    Cons

    Work was dependent on grant funding - my tasks were assigned to students = free labour

  6.  

    Good Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PDF in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - PDF in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at McGill University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the people and work

    Cons

    Nothing to say regarding this

  7.  

    Bureaucracy infinite

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at McGill University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Make your own hours, expenditure on projects is not usually very limiting, most people are friendly.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy that just never ends. There are always forms to fill out, and this just impedes on your work, and increases the amount of time spent doing nothing. It is very frustrating and usually the topic of conversation with other employees. This is obvious a major problem that has yet to be solved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a closer relationship with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent pay for the hours truly invested.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at McGill University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy hours and flexibility in choosing classes since there are multiple TAs.

    Cons

    Work is not evenly distributed throughout the semester.

  9.  

    Aweful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    High ranking University and nice city without the winters

    Cons

    Profs aren't good and friendly. look at you like an enemy, do all they can to screw you over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more supportive to the students

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Part-time student employee

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    Former Employee - Student Staff in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student Staff in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at McGill University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The flexible work hours, for some as a student working on campus.Especially if you're enrolled in work study. This is a great option for student looking for a part-time job while studying full-time at school.

    Cons

    McGill has had its ups and downs within the past few years, students strikes, cuts to government expenditures. As a results pay is a non-living wage for students and jobs are scarce and competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs for government funding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A safe job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Academic Planner in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Academic Planner in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    McGill is a serious work-place where you have plenty of upward mobility and lifetime employment security. There are plenty of places to move around to if you don't really like your department and the environment is pretty collegial.

    Cons

    It's a trap for anglos in Montreal. If you are a unilingual anglo and you work here, you will be unemployable anywhere else due to the fact that you will never practice your French enough to work in a French environment. If you ever become bored with your job, you'll be stuck, which will eventually breed resentment and force you to consider either sucking it up or leaving the province.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They know what they're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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