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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
201 Reviews
4.2
201 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The flexibility is excellent in terms of achieving a work- life balance (in 9 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The graduate student offices in Davis Center are rather poor (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good place to do research

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    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.

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    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.  

    Research Assitant

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    Health coverage for you and your wife if your contract is 1 years or more
    Good position to settle in till you find something in industry
    Flexible hours (depending on prof.)

    Cons

    Low pay

    No dental converge

    The package they give is a bit poor

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  5.  

    It's a good place to study computer science and all related field

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    Competitive students, great professors. Great working lab.

    Cons

    Math and Computer Science building is relatively old

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come to uWaterloo!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    My point of view.

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    • 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

    awesome place to do research

    Cons

    Building are very very stupid.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Postdoctoral Researcher

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The most I like about this job is the freedom of work and its scope. The salary is ok to sustain a family. Administrative overhead/interaction is minimal except for the time of contract renewal.

    Cons

    The job is very demanding resulting into a poor work/life balance. Since it is a yearly contract job, there is a constant pressure for finding a more stable position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Teaching Assistant

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

    I worked at University of Waterloo as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of training and professional development opportunities. My position was tied to being a student, however, so my hours were limited as were my prospects for advancement.

    Cons

    As only a part time position, I found no cons in work-life balance or time off policies.

  9.  

    Procurement and Contract Services Administrator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people in the Procurement Department. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. No politics at all from what I could tell. 9-5 job and i barely worked any overtime. Work - Life balance was great.

    Cons

    I think the only con I would say that it was during the time of the economic issues and my role could not progress as much as it could. Which is rather unfortunate as I enjoyed my time there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None required. I had a great manager and director.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Administrative Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy job, relaxed one and get to talk to people. Very flexible

    Cons

    Staff passes on the admin work that they don't want to do

  11.  

    Great environment! Nice People!

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Waterloo as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    A very nice place to work. Everyone is super nice and I definitely enjoy interacting with students and faculties. Great!

    Cons

    Quite a bit of a commute as I don't own a car.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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