Ryerson University Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy
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. Business Assistant

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Relaxed work environment - Convenient (heart of downtown Toronto) - Student first culture

    Cons

    - No opportunity to grow as a part-time. Unionized people are always preferred over a non-union member.


  2. Research Assistant

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

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

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

    Pros

    Profs are very flexible bosses, depending on who you get

    Cons

    Plan ahead for commuting it takes too long

    Advice to Management

    Have more career related oppoutunity


  3. M.eng.- Computer networks

    Current Employee - Network Engineer Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Network Engineer Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very good course to get in-depth knowledge in the field of computer networks.

    Cons

    At this moment cannot think of any cons.


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  5. Bad bosses rule

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Ryerson University, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Ryerson University, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people, both faculty and staff who care about their work. Good benefits and pension.

    Cons

    Although there are some great people, they are not the ones in authority and those in authority are spineless, mindless, insensitive and power oriented. They are driven by their egos for personal success. Thus, they are not good people people, don't know how to manage, and are definitely not leaders. They do not have a clue as to how to build good relationships and, quite frankly, do not care. Morale is very low and most of the newer people are waiting for their next job so that they can escape their bad bosses. The pay is average to low so while benefits and pension are good, it would not be hard to find a job with higher pay to compensate.

    Advice to Management

    Read some management texts or take some of the courses in management at your own school to learn how to be good managers and leaders. Of course, you were hired for political reasons, not because you were the most qualified candidates, so no wonder Ryerson has this bad boss problem.


  6. Residence Adviser

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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


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    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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