Ryerson University Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy
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Pros
  • competitive salary and benefits, free tuition, great location in downtown Toronto (in 4 reviews)

  • The good things about Ryerson are the friendly environment, the flexibility you get for your work and the good benefits you get as an employee (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Very disconnected; no real personal ties, just professional ties (in 2 reviews)

  • It is quite difficult for Part time employees to grow with the company (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Student Employment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ryerson University

    Pros

    If your working there as a student they are extremely flexible with your schedule

    Cons

    Getting a job opportunity at Ryerson is difficult after you graduate


  2. Work Study position as a tech support

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

    I have been working at Ryerson University part-time

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

    Pros

    - Very very flexible schedule, you can chose what hours you want to work
    - picked up alot of technical skills during my position
    - Can do you school work while you work
    - Very nice manager and is willing to listen to your ideas

    Cons

    - Dealing with students while you are student is unpleasant. They don't respect you or think they know better than you


  3. Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ryerson University part-time

    Pros

    Good support, but depends on department you're working in (administrative staff make it or break it)

    Cons

    Not flexible with scheduling
    Supervising staff/managerial staff can be difficult to work with


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Depends what you want from your career?

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

    I have been working at Ryerson University (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good salary for permanent staff, less so for external contractors

    Good benefits, subsidised education, flexible schedule, downtown location

    Low pressure environment, mostly friendly colleagues

    Long term job security, transparent pay scales and annual increases in line with progression

    Depending on department and management, opportunities for professional development

    Expanding university, additional resources being invested will create more jobs and more layers of management/bureaucracy (will improve chances of promotion if thats what interests you)

    Cons

    Fragmented communication structure and bloated bureaucracy - hampers and frustrates larger/long term projects. If you like your job to simple and to work in relative isolation, to other departments, then you will probably find this a pro and not a con.

    Most experienced employees appear to be 'job for life' types once they are here. Although this can benefit continuity, it does affect the business culture (i.e. senior managers lacking external business/corporate experience). It also creates an environment where people are comfortable to not 'rock the boat' and be happy with the pay check and benefits. If you like a job that is relaxed, low pressure, requires little initiative and steady then this is likely a plus point.

    Linked to previous point, promotions tend to be slow because people seem reluctant to move on to external organisations (unless they are find an equivalent job at other colleges/universities). This creates a queue of employees vying for the next rung on the ladder and can create a bottle neck effect. Things can get political fast, as people are lining up their self promotional material, creating silos so that they can take credit for as much work as possible, and mistrust honest motives to collaborate in the best interests of the university. This create frustrating inefficiencies, and team work collaboration tends to suffer. If you thrive in that type of environment then this is probably a plus point and not a negative.

    Despite the universities claims for innovation, this does not translate across to the staff functions. Thinking and culture is dated. For ambitious millenials or external hires with previous business experience innovation and improvement is difficult to obtain. If you prefer your work to be relatively change free and slightly antiquated then you will likely enjoy it here.

    There seems to be two main reasons for this. Firstly, this is often viewed as a personal attack/threat against senior management (as improvement and innovation implies that things aren't great/failing on their watch). Secondly, the bureaucracy and multiple layers of management result in a lot of 'buck passing', with people unclear or unwilling to take responsibly and authority for their actions without senior approval. Therefore innovation is routinely stifled before it is given a fair chance.

    Linked to the previous points, the pace of work an be slow for long periods, with small flurries of last minute work (often because of poor/lack of communication of plans until the last possible minute).

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bureaucratic burdens and embrace innovation across the organisation, make it more than a sales pitch for the class room. The university has a lot of potential due to its location and market, but needs to empower its human resources and ideas if it wants to really realise this. External hires front the business world could help stimulate an innovative culture rather than a 'job for life, so why rock the boat, thats not my pay grade' attitude.


  6. Residence Adviser

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Residence Adviser, Live In Position in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Residence Adviser, Live In Position in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Ryerson University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Flexible Hours, Great for Work Life Balance
    - Supportive Upper Management
    - Fantastic Colleagues
    - Working with students & Helping them achieve their personal and academic goals

    Cons

    - Long hours, with shifts ranging from 6 hours to 12 hours
    - Dealing with emergency situations late at night
    - Low Pay for the amount of work that one puts in

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work in supporting front line staff and students. Great health and wellness plan


  7. Technical Support

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

    I worked at Ryerson University

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

    Pros

    Flexible work place, lots of support to grow and develop within the university

    Cons

    As a part time not enough hours.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more onsite and hands on training


  8. Manager

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

    I have been working at Ryerson University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, work-life balance, great location

    Cons

    too bureaucratic, incompetent human resources team

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. Helpful (1)

    Program Manager, Information Technology Studies, The Chang School of Continuing Education

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager, Continuing Ed in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Program Manager, Continuing Ed in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ryerson University full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, wonderful benefits and defined pension plan, very interesting work in higher education, constantly learning, enjoyed working with adult students and their instructors.

    Cons

    With every new Dean came changes, not all good. If the Dean wasn't good, a lot of senior staff left to work in another area at the university. New Deans cut people and bring in their own, again, not always a good thing. After more than 13 years, I was laid off for no good reason I could think of except that someone higher up the food chain wanted the space in which I ran my programs (computer labs). Was given more work to do, with no raise in pay or title; this happened more than once and promises of increased pay never materialized - one was just expected to take on this extra work (as a management employee). Witnessed staff with over 20 years experience being laid off with very few years until their retirement!

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the contribution of your employees when they go above and beyond their job descriptions, especially for management and confidential employees who do not have a union to turn to. If permanent extra work is assigned to a manager, award them with an increase in pay and or title. Keep people who have worked hard for you and received excellent annual evaluations; don't just lay them off when someone higher up makes a decision that negatively affects your hard-working employee!


  10. Sessional Instructor

    Former Contractor - Seasonal Instructor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Seasonal Instructor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ryerson University as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Had a great time being part of the learning experience for students, and would love the opportunity again.

    Cons

    There are not bad things to say. I really enjoyed working there and they were very inclusive even though I was on a short term contract. It may be different is this was a full-time job.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Ryerson University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great health and dental benefits; great location; can take courses and programs for free; good pension. Not a lot of stress.

    Cons

    Managers and directors often disconnected from issues students are facing cause they do not take the time to take to front-line support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to talk to your front-line support staff about issues students are facing, rather than assuming you know.



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