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McMaster University Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
129 Reviews
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129 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is good work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • The working environment is simulating and the city has lots of potential (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • low chance of being hired as full time (in 5 reviews)

  • The income for graduate students with TA position is low (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very dynamic!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McMaster University part-time

    Pros

    Great company. Very organized and up to date.

    Cons

    A lot of work, can be demanding

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Positive work environment

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at McMaster University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent support and non-financial benefits. Unionized workforce in most areas of the university. Beautiful campus with good facilities for staff use.

    Cons

    Under appreciation of the Arts and horrendously expensive parking. The culture is quite varied depending on what department you're in and who's in charge of that department at that time. Serious over-working of minimum wage employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your contract and minimum wage employees better. Support the humanities more without having them tie into your social sciences pet projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great environment for graduate research

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McMaster University

    Pros

    good office, nice supervisor, great campus,

    Cons

    RA salary was not that much

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  5.  

    Speaking about one of the social science branches.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Hamilton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Hamilton, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with in the department.
    Very high grad student wages ($40/hr vs $25/hr for the same position in schools in the west coast).

    Cons

    Not very well funded compare to similar ranked schools. Politics makes funding inefficiency apparent.
    Department colleagues don't seem to be very close.
    Young profs work young profs and old work with the old. You get the picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics, more productive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fabulous!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hamilton, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hamilton, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, lots of vacation time, great supervisor, benefits galore!!! So many things that are positive

    Cons

    Trying to find parking. Walking through the student centre around lunch. Too many students, not enough staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have had a number of staff reductions over the last few years, and we haven't replaced any. There are so many more students than when I started, but only around half of the staff. Although everyone is great to work with, a real extended family, if we had more staff we would be able to help more students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very open and friendly atmosphere, plenty of creative assignments

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

    I have been working at McMaster University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great facilities, great people. Feels like a family all striving towards a similar goal. Very open minded and open to new ideas

    Cons

    Difficult to advance within the university without actually holding a professor position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good environment and good people

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

    I have been working at McMaster University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generally the people that you interact with on daily basis are very nice. The working environment is simulating and the city has lots of potential.

    Cons

    Commuting from Toronto is easy, if you were to take public transportation. If you are thinking about driving everyday, that might be an issue. Some areas in downtown and more to east may not be nice to live at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The paperwork can be reduced. In all administrative steps, there are too many formalities included that make the whole process cumbersome if not inefficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic workplace

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    Former Employee - Intern in Hamilton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intern in Hamilton, ON (Canada)

    I worked at McMaster University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful and supportive coworkers.
    Provided positions for new university graduates.

    Cons

    large institution, difficulty getting a hold of certain individuals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting experience

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    Former Employee - Call Centre Agent in Hamilton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Call Centre Agent in Hamilton, ON (Canada)

    I worked at McMaster University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working at the alumni call centre was interesting.
    Laid back atmosphere
    Incentives

    Cons

    It's basically a sales job, and felt unpleasant trying to get donations from recent grads

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Research Assistant- Mechanical Engineering

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

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

    Pros

    It is an awsome university with friendly staff. Great opportunity to learn about different research projects (not just your own) and you can get a feel of where is the limit of every technology. Not a fast pace environment (depends on supervisor).

    Cons

    No benefits because I was not full time.
    The offices can be boring without windows.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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