University of Waterloo

  www.uwaterloo.ca
  www.uwaterloo.ca

University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
186 Reviews
4.2
186 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur
Feridun Hamdullahpur
69 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • very reasonable pay, friendly people and work environment (in 13 reviews)

  • Depending on your boss, flexible hours/time in lieu (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • while the work load is a little bit heavy, because my supervisor is quite ambitious (in 5 reviews)

  • The graduate student offices in Davis Center are rather poor (in 5 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Good place to do research

    • 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 Waterloo

    Pros

    Great faculties, flexible hours, the university is located in a scenic place, people in the administrative sections are very amazing. Generally very positive experience about the non-academic life. Transportation is very good.

    Cons

    Not much exposure to update ourselves in our fields, not much cultural activities in the city.

  2.  

    Inscitias et Mediocritas.

    • 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 Waterloo

    Pros

    Eternally funded benefits, if you can get em.

    Cons

    I'm not sure UW has a latin slogan: that seems to be a thing of the past, but if they needed one to describe and prevailing culture of University leadership, look no further than the title of this review. While the institution itself has an incredible reputation for innovation in engineering and computing, it's a miracle of modern management that this place manages to function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reboot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Prestigious University

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

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

    Pros

    University of Waterloo is one of the best universities in North America being constantly ranked first as the most innovative Canadian university.
    It has a huge campus and great facilities with most of the labs and classrooms being modern and well maintained.
    You get to see people from all over the world getting together and enjoying undergrad life. Courses are demanding, time consuming and challenging, but you have the satisfaction of being part of a high end environment.

    Cons

    Tuition might be higher compared to other universities, but it offers the co-op terms so that one can earn money while studying.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5.  

    Good part-time job to have while you're a student

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front Desk Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Front Desk Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule, very easy to trade shifts in case you have a midterm or an assignment.
    - Friendly staff
    - It's customer service but the students who come are very nice so it's enjoyable
    - Minimum wage but pretty reasonable for the amount of work you do
    - Opportunity to advance and become a trainer or team leader

    Cons

    - Sometimes you sit for a long time before someone comes to ask a question

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent University

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

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

    Pros

    Nice professor, good environment for startup companies.

    Cons

    Courses are not very challenging and Waterloo is freezingly code

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good experience, learn a lot from here

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

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

    Pros

    heavy workload and lots of stuff to do

    Cons

    nice environment and a great many opportunity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Satisfying experience working for the University of Waterloo

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, great work-life balance, good employers and great co-workers.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and in many areas there's a decent amount of paper pushing. Middle management in some departments can be stagnant and relatively adverse to change. However, I am optimistic that it will change in the near future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    decent part-time 0pprtunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Desk Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Front Desk Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible work hours
    -Good management team

    Cons

    - Have a better interview/background check on some of the applicants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -keep on doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great undergraduate computer science program.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Co-Op Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Waterloo's undergraduate co-op program is very beneficial for computer science students.

    Cons

    The campus is not very aesthetically pleasing, at all. The buildings are so randomly place and most of them are old and hideous, i.e. the one in which I am currently writing this review.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Registrar's Office at uWaterloo

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    Great team to work with, plenty of opportunities to try new functions and move laterally both inside the Registrar's Office and out to other roles on Campus. Leaving by 4:30 almost everyday is a plus.

    Cons

    Hard to move up past around a USG 8 (maybe 10) unless someone vacates their role, and many people are happy to stay in one role for a very long time. Can also be frustrating to deal with all the policies if you aren't used to a highly regulated workplace.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

University of Waterloo Photos

Student Life Center
Dana Porter Library
Inside Davis Center-University of Waterloo

+ Add Photo

Work at University of Waterloo? Share Your Experiences

University of Waterloo

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.