Ryerson University Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. In general, it is good.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ryerson University

    Pros

    The professors are kind. The students are studying hard. The studying envirnment is good. It is good to study there.

    Cons

    I don't think there is anything bad in the university. The thing bad is the rank of the university is not high. The reputation is not very good.

  2. Stable

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ryerson University

    Pros

    Many positions are unionized if you're lucky enough to get one.
    Ryerson is a stable organization to work for.

    Cons

    Culture - There is a big difference between the culture of full time staff that have stayed for 20+ years vs the newer, contracted staff. Because of the difference in working styles (Slow pace vs faster pace) it can create some friction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Culture of bullying

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Ryerson University, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Ryerson University, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ryerson University

    Pros

    - salary
    - benefits
    - proximity to subway

    Cons

    - rapidly growing departments means that people who were hired in non-managerial positions are now supervising staff, even though they have no managerial training
    - nothing was done to address my workplace bully (who actually worked within the HR department)
    - Ryerson places a lot of pride in offering things that make employees happy (benefits, employee assistance programs, course reimbursement) because they want to be able to show that they're a great place to work, but if you're being harassed by someone at work, who cares. They have their statement saying they won't tolerate harassment in the workplace but did nothing to stop it or even address it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - employees should be able to evaluate their supervisors, the same way you have employee evaluations. Most people feel they can't report harassment, because they're afraid that it'll make the working relationship worse. In my case I did report it, even though it was incredibly difficult for me, but HR did nothing so what was the point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Fast Paced, great environment, but Condescending Manager

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    Former Employee - Printer in Ryerson University, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Printer in Ryerson University, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great place for students to work. You can print all your reports in colour and have them bound. The fast Pace meant time would always go by, and you won't be bored.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is too busy, especially near finals when all students come to print their assignments 10 minutes before deadline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more accepting towards employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Great place to work, great people.

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    Current Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work in terms of location and people. Ideal location in Toronto's downtown core, close to the subway and the Eaton Centre. People are great to work with.

    Cons

    Not a top tier university. Not a "target" school for employers, so exit options are difficult if you want to find yourself at top firms afterwards. Research can be top rate, but few professors are at that level. Laboratory technicians are lacking in commitment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Wonderful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    You work with your peers, friends, professors, and mentors. You get access to lots of amenities. Amazing salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism or overworking because of others inabilities/laziness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even if they don't have experience, hire them if they have the right personality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Graduate Assistant

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    Current Contractor - Graduate Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Graduate Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    You get to know the students, and profs. it's a good experience if you want to teach. Looks very good on your CV

    Cons

    You might have to work more than the established hours in the contract and you won't get payed for them.

  9. Peer supporter

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    Former Employee - Peer Supporter in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Peer Supporter in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to make connections with new people. And work is easy and fun.

    Cons

    It is hard to improve your technical skills here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication skills and time management skills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Fun, Relaxing, and Professional Work Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    (Note: This is a review for Work-Study Contract positions)
    * Flexible with schedules
    * Great connections with some of the most elite people in the field

    Cons

    * Pay is not that great, but considering this is a work-study contract position, pay is not the main point

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * More communications would be great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Another government bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good values re: improve society at large.
    Decent pay and good benefits compared to other places.

    Cons

    Very disconnected; no real personal ties, just professional ties. You go in, do your job and leave. The management does not respond to issues and has their own agenda. No real research support and although you can make huge contributions for free, they go unnoticed and unappreciated. When you are supposed to be paid for extra work or reimbursed the red tape is so horrendous that you spend more time trying to get your money back than you did on the actual activity! Don't bother going to conferences. If you can get the funding, you will spend four times the amount of time just trying to be reimbursed and the rules only cover basic expenses so you end up not eating enough or paying out of pocket. Just stay home!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more responsive when you know something is not right. Pay attention and take it seriously. Remember that happy employees are productive ones.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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