University of Toronto Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Questionable hiring practices

    • 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 University of Toronto (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - professional development courses available through Organizational Development & Learning Centre - set winter break - detailed job descriptions - historical setting (for the most part) - discounted TTC metropasses

    Cons

    Very questionable hiring practices; managers are notorious for turning down internal candidates saying they are "not qualified" and hire friends or family members instead. Some departments are known to hire people without posting for the jobs and HR allows this even though it goes against the University policy. The University touts that it offers flexible work hours but this is all dependent on the manager of the department. In reality the majority of managers do not permit flex time and are not accommodating when it comes to appointments. Benefits are actually worse than in some other institutions and do not cover costs of medications 100%. While job descriptions are detailed, new responsibilities are often assigned to and overload employees. When an employee left our department, his responsibilities were assigned to the two of us remaining even though they are not part of our job descriptions and there was no change in job title or compensation for taking on these added responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    HR should keep a better eye on all departments and review hiring practices to ensure that managers abide by policy and labour laws. Audits should be performed regularly and rescinding offers can be done if managers hire people without following proper procedures. Do not play around with people's job descriptions without reviewing them with the employees in question. Employees applied for and were hired to perform certain jobs and changing them on a whim does not foster a positive work environment and causes in the exit of excellent employees.

    University of Toronto Response

    Jun 29, 2015 – Director

    The Human Resources & Equity team at the University of Toronto works hard to be an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to continuous process improvement throughout our practices. We ... More


  2. Student Blogger

    Former Employee - Hostess in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hostess in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Toronto (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone was nice and very organized. It was a great place to work.

    Cons

    Nothing, it was really great all around.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing whatever you're doing.


  3. Graduate Student

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent research community, great resources available

    Cons

    Wages don't necessarily support cost of living


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  5. Research Head

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

    I worked at University of Toronto

    Pros

    Good directions, good facilities and great colleagues

    Cons

    Lack of funding, proper order of command


  6. Work-Study is a Great Opportunity

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

    I worked at University of Toronto part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Great opportunity to earn some money while in school at UofT - Always looks good on a resume, and provides valuable research experience - Flexible hours

    Cons

    - Experience can be entirely dependent on the professor(s) you are working with. - Base pay is low compared to the rate that teaching assistants make, despite similar workloads.


  7. Pretty good

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

    I worked at University of Toronto full-time

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, people are nice.

    Cons

    contract limited, and it is hard to find a long term contract due to foundation limitation. also salary is relatively low.


  8. Front of House Manager - Isabel Bader Theatre

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, tight-knit group, flexible hours and diverse events held at venue. The venue itself is aesthetically beautiful and patrons love the professionalism.

    Cons

    Under-staffed, not equipped to be a full functioning arts venue - no concessions and washrooms only located on basement level. Backstage dressing rooms are spread out around a number of floors which makes it difficult for quick changes or easy access.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in FOH necessities, reduce university parking costs for those who attend events of Bader Theatre. Staff more workers for shifts for quality assurance.


  9. A good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    great benefit, good work life balance, very relaxing if you like to deal with students. salary is ok, but not good enough compared to industry

    Cons

    too relaxing,....people around you don't work that hard, it is a place for old people. you can never get a chance to be promoted unless someone died...

    Advice to Management

    please spend more time and money on your employees, students, instead of wasting everything on so called " new " stuff for their own political reasons.


  10. Graduate student

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    its a good school the pay is consistent with other graduate schools

    Cons

    its school so you dont make real money

    Advice to Management

    It was great, I was allowed to pursue questions I wanted too.


  11. Peer Career Advisor

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

    I have been working at University of Toronto part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very interactive. Get to consult with students a lot.

    Cons

    Can get tedious sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it fun and interesting.



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