University of Toronto Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
298 Reviews

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Pros
  • Work life balance is good here; in particular, the hours are flexible in my position (in 10 reviews)

  • Excellent work environment, very friendly staff, good pay and very good benefits (in 16 reviews)


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

  • salary is low and no benefits for senior researcher such as PhD or postdoctoral fellow (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for 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
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    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 for 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
  3.  

    One of the best company I ever have worked for. They are very kind, respectful. I enjoyed working there.

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

    I have been working at University of Toronto for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, Respect, Work-life balance, Great gratuity

    Cons

    Shift time is short sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Research Assistant

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    -good environment, first-hand exposure to academia, laid-back, minimum wage but laissez-faire work style, supervisors (or professors) are friendly, allows you to take on responsibility and substantially contribute to a research project while also getting paid

    Cons

    -maybe more hands-on supervision
    -depends on professor who is supervising you so experience can be quite variable
    -hard position to get; usually reserved for grad or PhD students, so depends on whether the professor wants to hire you, which is based on how well you fit his/ her needs, hence the hiring practice isn't as standardized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities to undergrads

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Work-Study

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    Former Employee - Work-Study Student  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Work-Study Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Toronto part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible Hours.
    Opportunities to work alongside like minded individuals.
    Understanding employer that lets you put your studies first.
    Structured work environment.
    Gives you basic professional skills depending upon the program.

    Cons

    Limited hours for the program. Definitely not a viable part-time job by itself.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Friendly and exciting culture

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    All postdoc positions depend heavily on the supervisor, but my experience has been very positive. The culture among faculty, staff, administrators, and students alike here is very friendly and supportive, even if typical academic beaurocracy is sometimes a problem. There are top notch resources available for research, collaboration, grant-writing, and more.

    Cons

    As is common in higher ed, administrative red tape is sometimes a problem, creating some obstacles to agile collaboration.

    Postdocs are currently classified as "academic trainees" rather than employees, limiting benefits and creating some challenges for international workers. This may be changing with the ongoing unionization process with CUPE.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Used to be a great place to work until the Steelworkers ruined it

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Flextime
    Free tuition to Graduate level
    Excellent work life balance

    Cons

    Union came in the late 1990s and handcuffed employees. If you like to go above and beyond and make a meaning contribution, you'll get chewed out by the union.

    Pay is way below market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the union. Let those employees who want to shine. Get rid of the dead weight hauling the university down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Busy life because I need to do many labs and lab reports.

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

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Gain hands on experience, improve problem solving skills

    Cons

    Low salary, nearly no spare time during the summer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N.A.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great people, conservative institution

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    Current Employee - Institutional Researcher  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Institutional Researcher in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Toronto part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Mostly great facilities (depending on which building), access to amazing resources, talks, libraries, etc. Beautiful campus in downtown of a vibrant city.

    Cons

    Very large and bureaucratic organization, quite conservative and "political". Lot's of amazing professors and good staff, but not an organization that supports agile, collaborative, cutting-edge work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Relevant and friendly media

    Former Employee - Metallurgical and Materials Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Metallurgical and Materials Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Toronto full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy access in friendly media while reasonable salary and very prestigious job. Dealing with variety of academician and industry fellows.

    Cons

    Being always updated while walking at the edge of science, commercialization of scientific findings. Shortness of research budget and lacking huge sponsor companies is now the generic challenge of researches in academic places even in the most well-known of them i.e. U of T.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relay on researches and researchers, THIS IS INVESTING.

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