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University of Toronto Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
317 Reviews
4.0
317 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of things to learn, decent work-life balance ( depends on your mentor) (in 16 reviews)

  • Relatively flexible hours, great work environment with fun colleagues, good pay (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is hard to manage (in 6 reviews)

  • Working hours are not strictly what they say in the contract (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Super Supportive

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Toronto as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked 4 jobs at UofT and they were all amazing experiences. The staff here are very considerate and take into account your academics and extra curriculars. The environment is perfect for learning and picking up new skills.

    Cons

    Not a problem about UofT, but I personally find that the work experience here is severely belittled by potential employers. Despite learning plenty, it doesn't get recognized as much as it should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create even more student positions please!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to be an Engineering TA

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Toronto as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The union ensures good wages, the profs are very competent (if distracted/busy, par for the course), and the students are, as a whole, a good bunch.

    Cons

    Avoid the union/university scuffles. They are ugly. The labs are often handed-down from the previous TA, so some work to get things running every term is necessary. You have to be careful to avoid working more than you contracted for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a better, non-ad-hoc management of labs so that year-to-year handoffs are smoother.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place with great people

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Toronto as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Toronto is one of the biggest city in Canada, while UoT is the best university in the city as well as the country. It has most advanced equipments and a great library. Besides, it is full of talents.

    Cons

    UoT is full of competition for sure. Because of its brilliance, too many people get there to try their best to get more. You should be very hard to get a good position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep sober.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    PhD student

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Toronto full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nothing good to say about this hell hole for grad students.

    Cons

    The professors are extremely arrogant and abusive to grad students. They do not include them in research, as they are supposed to be training them to do research. Instead, they take brilliant people in who have tremendous qualifications and have them grade papers. They humiliate their grad students so that they become depressed and feel worthless and have lost all self esteem. Myself and others have experienced long term illnesses as a result. Stay away from UofT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    End the abusive environment. Given that you cannot fire tenured professors, end the PhD programs until they can be redesigned to ensure PhDs are receiving proper attention. Also, hire professors not only for their publication record - we all know this is a game - but also for their teaching and mentorship records.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Intramural Official in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intramural Official in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Toronto part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great benefits, good facilities, very friendly and engaging staff

    Cons

    None stood out to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working as library assistant in UofT

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    Current Employee - Circulation Desk Clerk in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Circulation Desk Clerk in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Toronto part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Simple job that can get you enough money to pay rent so its not difficult to do it while being full time student! It is tough to get in because different libraries have different hiring cycles and past staff has seniority and will be returning to work in the Fall and Winter so its rare to find openings available. Try speaking with the circulation desk coordinator in early August for work in the Fall and Early December for work in Winter. Thank the Union for getting a pay higher than minimum wage.

    Cons

    This job is only to help out with expenses. There is little to none intellectual challenge, social interaction or career advantage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Graduate Student at U of T

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to do research, good climate.

    Cons

    Sometimes very competitive to put out new ideas. Lab work gets tedious.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    5 years of hard work, lots of difficulties, but also lots of learning

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a prestigious university. So it might actually help to graduate from this university for getting a job.
    Even though there are many disadvantages, your experience can be very different depending on who you work with. Specifically, it would be nice to work with someone who has the same kind of attitude and work-life style as you.

    Cons

    horrible culture, most people are workaholic.
    no social interactions
    no work-life balance
    supervisors have way too much power, and there are no rules preventing them from torturing their graduate students

  10.  

    Good experience at U of T

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Toronto

    Pros

    Flexible work hours; convenient public transit

    Cons

    lower wage compared to the market;

  11.  

    Great minds and networks with excellent facilities, but can be tough to start your career and become known

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

    I worked at University of Toronto as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Phenomenal research facilities, and access to some of the world's leading scientists in many, many fields. Top-notch staff and access to resources.

    Cons

    Admin can be tough to deal with at times, but it does OK for having 60+k students to watch over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down some barriers to administrative departments - make it easier to communicate issues. Time is usually an issue, and well-designed communication pathways may solve many headaches.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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