McMaster University
4.1 of 5 94 reviews
www.mcmaster.ca Hamilton, Canada 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 2, 2014

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McMaster University President Patrick Deane

Patrick Deane

(35 ratings)

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Pros:
  • "Great work-life balance with generous vacation time"
    in 5 reviews
  • "The working environment is very friendly"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "health sciences, leading to lack of full-time TA employment, or necessity of taking on courses in different faculties"
    in 4 reviews
  • "The employer does not pay attention to the complains of graduate students mostly international"
    in 4 reviews
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great environment for graduate research

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at McMaster University

Prosgood office, nice supervisor, great campus,

ConsRA salary was not that much

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Awesome place to work

Data Management Assistant - Office of the Registrar (Current Employee)
Hamilton, ON (Canada)

I have been working at McMaster University as a contractor for more than a year

ProsThe people are wonderful to work with. Although it is an academic environment, there is a distinct staff culture that is fun, motivating, and encouraging. The campus is beautiful, and is always busy with staff, faculty and students.

ConsSome of the buildings are old, and that makes heating in the winter and cooling in the summer a bit of a challenge sometimes. You may need a little desk heater, or a small fan at times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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rarely monotonous

Research Intern (Current Employee)
Hamilton, ON (Canada)

I have been working at McMaster University as an intern for less than a year

Pros-interesting, always something new
-get to choose from the various projects to work on at any given time
-flexible hours
-great coworkers and work environment

Cons-sometimes, instructions were vague and it was hard to get clarification

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good experience over all

Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
Hamilton, ON (Canada)

I worked at McMaster University part-time for more than 3 years

Prosnice work place, beautiful campus, good facilities

Conscity of Hamilton does not have much going on

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work but some management/old school thinking changes needed

IT Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
Hamilton, ON (Canada)

I have been working at McMaster University full-time for more than 10 years

ProsKnowledgeable coworkers. Relaxed environment. Nice campus setting. Wages are comparable.

ConsSpecific management styles not working (micro-managing when not needed)
Union supportive to a point. Old-school thinking of some staff members.
Some "act first, think after" scenarios.

Advice to Senior ManagementFurther explore possibilities for all employees - career changes, layoffs.
Condone micro-managing when possible. ("we are all adults and not 8 yrs old")
Support workers technical input and decisions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Easy, leadership role working as a TA at McMaster.

Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
Hamilton, ON (Canada)

I have been working at McMaster University part-time for more than a year

ProsFriendly environment, with lots of chances to lead tutorials and more. Chance to work overtime.

ConsNot a lot of chance to learn new or additional skills

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great pay for undergraduate students as Tutorial Assistants

Tutorial Assistant (Current Employee)
Hamilton, ON (Canada)

I have been working at McMaster University as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGreat pay and good working union.

ConsWhen acting as a TA, it's dependent on the class you're assisting. Some professors are more difficult to work with than others.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fantastic learning expereince

Trading Floor Coordinator (Current Employee)
Burlington, ON (Canada)

I have been working at McMaster University as a contractor for less than a year

ProsAccess to Bloomberg and Reuters to learn financial analysis and trading

ConsWorking mostly alone, with minimum to no teamwork based interactions

Advice to Senior ManagementHave more presentations and teamwork activities to enhance student expereince

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nice experience

Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
Hamilton, ON (Canada)

I worked at McMaster University part-time for more than a year

Prosfair pay, understanding collegues, good working environment

Consnot that much cons to say.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
Hamilton, ON (Canada)

I worked at McMaster University part-time for more than 3 years

ProsIf you are a student, it's great since the hours are very flexible.
The people you work with are great. Very easy to swap shifts in case of emergencies.
Through this job, you get to learn more about the course that you are teaching than before.
A lot of extra material and aid is provided to help the students better.

ConsThere is serious lack of management presence initially, so getting things started is a bit bumpy. Sometimes, last minute requests to cover tests and marking which were not initially noted in the orientation.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe a bit more organized and prepared.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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