Queen's University Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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Queen's University Chancellor David A. Dodge
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Pros
  • Pension and benefits provided by the university are generous and work/life balance is promoted in most departments (in 5 reviews)

  • Great study and work environment that is relaxing and welcoming (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • just enjoy the life in Kingston (in 7 reviews)

  • Winter Weather, Administration makes questionable financial decisions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Wonderful University, but working in the Accounting department was very negative and a miserable experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Accountant in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Queen's University

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

    Pros

    The benefits and salary were great - lots of paid days off and great insurance. All staff can use the University gym for free.

    Cons

    The negative atmosphere in the Accounting Department was like nothing I had ever seen. It was mostly due to our immediate supervisor, but I think the job satisfaction and treatment of employees was poor in general.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should be more involved in monitoring their supervisors to ensure they are treating the employees properly. Also if certain things are promised or stated in the interview to entice someone to accept a position, they need to ensure that those things are actually being carried out.


  2. AMS Jobs are great for students

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ASUS Orientation Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - ASUS Orientation Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Queen's University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The job offered flexible hours for the student employees, with an opportunity to meet great people with similar interests. I enjoyed it a lot!

    Cons

    There were times when patrons were less than friendly or cooperative, and made the experience a very unpleasant one. Other than that, great experience.

    Advice to Management

    I think they should bring back the old system of games at the WalkHome desk, as opposed to limiting the community development that should be there for the team.


  3. postdoc

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Queen's University

    Pros

    overall nice to work with

    Cons

    the place is very depressing sometimes


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  5. interesting place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - School of Business in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - School of Business in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Queen's University (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of opportunity and a variety of jobs, some buildings are beautiful, energy and optimism of the best students in Canada

    Cons

    low salary, corporatization of culture, HR policies not very progressive but they are working on it, not much career planning


  6. An excellent school to pursue knowledge

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Queen's University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Queen's is an excellent school with a lot of history and school spirit. The professors here are excellent in that they aren't just the top professors in Canada, but are also some of the best teachers in the world. They emphasize on your education and help you towards achieving your goals. They are always available out of class hours and really go the extra mile in helping you with explanation of assignments and projects.

    Cons

    The life in Kingston can be borning, and quiet. If you are an extrovert, you might get bored.

    Advice to Management

    The management has beening doing a great job so far, and they should keep it up, and keep it going.


  7. Teaching Assistant at Queen's

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Queen's University

    Pros

    The school environment is very cool

    Cons

    Not enough money for the teaching load


  8. A company not a university

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Queen's University part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1- can easily find journal papers.

    Cons

    1- They don't care about research and poor financial assistance.
    2- Some professors are awful supervisors.
    3- No way to hold professors accounted
    4- Intimidation by professors over publications
    5- University housing staff are very hard to deal with; give a hard time during stay and moving out.

    Advice to Management

    It is a university not a company


  9. It was great.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Queen's University

    Pros

    Very good work environment. I really enjoyed my time working there since everyone is great.

    Cons

    No cons that I can really think of. They are flexible with the hours since it's a student job.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe provide more training sometimes, but other than that, it has been great.


  10. Varsity Sports

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Queen's University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some very good people in the department
    Excellent Student-athletes
    New facilities and renewed support from university

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Unrealistic work expectations
    Low employee morale
    Poor accountability, lack of clarity / direction and abusive behaviour regularly observed within and from the senior leadership team


  11. Generally positive - but room for improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Staff in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - General Staff in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Queen's University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good colleagues - who genuinely care about their work and about the students.
    opportunity for transfer and for advancement - sometimes advancement decisions seem more political than anything, but that's not unique to this employer

    Cons

    not all depts are equally 'healthy' - there are some units where staff are disengaged and going through the motions

    the job grading system is uneven - same job in different depts can be graded very differently

    Advice to Management

    take employee suggestions seriously - we care and are invested in this place and sometimes junior employees have the best ideas for improvement or new ways of doing things - don't only listen to the more senior staff / managers



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