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University of Toronto Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
327 Reviews
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327 Reviews
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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 17 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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    Research Student

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

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

    Pros

    Very highly research based. It is top 10 in the world due to it's research professors.
    Definitely recommend doing research here.
    All computer science researchers meet up once a week for presentation

    Cons

    High expectations. To get a research position, must have a high grade.
    Low pay for research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay higher to students so they will be proud to have the research position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Assistant - Chemical Engineering

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, challenging problems (less redundant work), some industry collaboration.

    Cons

    Low pay, sometimes we faced long hours. Otherwise the place is good. You might meet the occasional person that thinks they're your boss, but really aren't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    PhD Student

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

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

    Pros

    You can choose a project to work interests you in most cases, in contrast to being given a project you don't care about in industry. You can then guide the project in such a way that you acquire skills that are important for your career or a future job you want to land.

    Cons

    Tenured profs can be less hands on about your work. Pay is probably just below what you need to get by.

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    Unlucky Assignments

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    Current Employee - Administration in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administration in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    St. George is a nice campus with lots of amenities and the city life. Some very nice people. Good wages.

    Cons

    Most assignments had some dysfunctional situation to deal with. The worst was being belittle by management/direct supervisor - this happen to me twice and it is very difficult because it takes time to recognize that it is happening and by then you have already be effected. I also witnessed many incidences of support staff treated badly. Was not allowed to work to my full potential as it was a threat to management. Culture is oppressive with a lot of micro-managing. Support staff are unsupported. Many faculties are still trying to set up systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs to take better care to follow-up on their managements behavior. Upgrade your database systems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    University of Toronto Response

    Nov 17, 2014Communications Coordinator

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    Super challenging culture for anyone in a non-academic role/division

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

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

    Pros

    It's so big that you can be exposed to lots of opportunities for growth and different kinds of people

    Cons

    The office culture in non-academic roles/divisions is cut-throat and selfish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people once in a while, leave your egos at home, and don't say it's OK to make mistakes when it's really not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Good place to work, lots of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Helpdesk in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Helpdesk in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Hours are good
    Opportunity to grow and advance

    Cons

    Lots of restrictions on improvement
    Have to follow procedures strictly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to contribute changes more easily

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    I returned to do a master's degree after being out of school for 9 years. I worked as teaching assistance.

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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 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Campus is right downtown! The staff was helpful, the students awesome to work with, professors maintain rigorous academic program.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is hard to manage. The workload was high to manage my own course work with work for teaching assistant position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Graduate Student at University of Toronto

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    you will get a degree (eventually)

    Cons

    run more like a business than an academic institution that should prepare you for your future job
    china's favorite university

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve on value of education
    increase admission restrictions - better selection of students/profs necessary!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    The University of Toronto offers excellent resources for researchers and is located in an amazing location.

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

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

    Pros

    The research opportunities available at the University of Toronto are endless!
    A very prestigious and renowned educational institution.
    -Offers excellent training to prepare you for future career opportunities

    Cons

    Is not as cohesive community as some other companies and organizations
    -There is limitations with respect to moving up throughout the organization if you do not have the academic credentials
    -There is a 'glass ceiling'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide support to entry level researchers so they can develop the skills necessary to continue with their career goals at other organizations in the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good job opportunities, but administrators are at best, very restricted, and at worst, unhelpful and rude

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

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

    Pros

    You are able to get great training at the University of Toronto. There are a lot of opportunities to explore your interests as a teaching assistant, as long as you are teaching at the satellite campuses (St. George campus' opportunities are more restricted due to high demand).

    Cons

    You are severely restricted in the help you can offer students. You are also almost required to have an adversarial attitude towards all students, because usually, you will spend a disproportionate amount of time on your most troublesome students, while the good students do not take any of your time. Thus, you are restricted in your ability to be available and collaborative with students, especially if you are assisting in large courses.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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