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University of Ottawa Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
Updated February 12, 2015
67 Reviews
3.9
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours and working from home possible (in 4 reviews)

  • Good benefits and easy to move up (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Power is shared, makes it difficult to move forward new initiatives (in 3 reviews)

  • Those individuals have moved up the chain together and are inhibiting true growth and progress due to lack of a broader perspective (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Un satisfied

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Ottawa

    Pros

    Not many good things to say.

    Cons

    Limited growth, no opportunities to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No genuine research done.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Grad student researcher

    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Some profs are well known in their fields. The campus is in a nice location and the city is quiet chill.

    Cons

    Excessive bureaucracy. Administration staff members are very rude in all departments of the university (they have no idea about customer service). Grad students are under-appreciated by the management and have to pay outrageous tuition fees. Upper management prefers to pursue superficial PR campaigns rather than initiatives that improve student experiences at the university

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop prioritizing bilingualism over customer service training for your administration staff. Treat your grad students better; they enhance the university's reputation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Appearance is everything

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

    I have been working at University of Ottawa

    Pros

    Working with intelligent people, great benefits and a beautiful campus to work in.

    Cons

    A culture of nepotism + low pay = very mediocre management and senior staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring leaders who are interested in collective goals for the institution instead of your golf buddies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It was a great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Stable - mostly, rarely is anyone ever laid off.

    Cons

    poor advancement opportunities - unless politically connected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think many of the management are self-serving and lack client focus ( students are the clients).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The money is good, but can you handle the drone treatment every day?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transit Special Constable in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Transit Special Constable in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Ottawa

    Pros

    Salary, pension, benefits, unions. Educational opportunities, training, nice city to work and raise your family in.

    Cons

    Poor morale, management doesn't support it's workers, clients sense of entitlement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize people's contributions and achievements...praise is FREE!!!!

  7.  

    Know why you want to work in an academic environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Ottawa

    Pros

    Work in a research environment, independent.

    Cons

    Low compensation, low working hours, no respect when moving to industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a clear goal and execute the plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Part time Application and Web Developer at Student Academic Success Services

    Current Employee - Applications and Web Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Applications and Web Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Ottawa part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Convenient if you are a student since it's on campus
    - Good if you want to learn some PHP
    - Very friendly environment
    - Very flexible supervisors
    - Your ideas will be heared

    Cons

    - You will encounter bad coding practices
    - The team is not solid because they hire part time students who end up leaving
    - Needs stronger leadership

  9.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Ottawa

    Pros

    location, accessibility are two important elements to the favor of the university as a workplace. there are so many facilities on campus to the benefit of the staff and students

    Cons

    you need to be bilingual for most jobs, it would be have been much better if all posted jobs would be open to external candidates, not just internal ones

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people need to be able to access more facilities on their time off, that should be extended too

  10.  

    It's a good and cozy environment.

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

    I have been working at University of Ottawa as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of francophones which make university life easier. Lots of TA positions recently.

    Cons

    Overcrowded classes and courses.
    If you don't know French you'll be screwed!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on quality and less on quantity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Small Overview

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

    I have been working at University of Ottawa full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Stability if you are permanent employee

    Cons

    Unionized , salaries pegged
    Power is shared, makes it difficult to move forward new initiatives

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