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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
214 Reviews
4.2
214 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.  

    Poor place to look for career progression.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy work, high pay for doing little and little oversight.

    Cons

    Faculty and management are weak and support their weakness. Boring and lame city with little to do. Lots of bragging about the past but little of that translates to your undergraduate, graduate or staff experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be the big kids on the block, you are a mid-level school at best. Success in computer and electrical engineering is not transferred to the rest of the school, recognize that please. The school is average at best with the exceptional math and computer engineering, don't forget they hold up the rest of the school. Stop bragging and actually try to be good at what you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    UW insider

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big name just for outsiders

    Cons

    Very low quality campus life.. Low salary for RA/TA ( way lower than minimum published by grad studies for full financial aid).. Low quality research in most cases.. Very unhelpful staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Low Income for research assistant

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    active research environment, developing leading edge technology

    Cons

    Low Income for research assistant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The salary for research assistant must be updated with other job positions

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  5.  

    Front desk assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time

    Pros

    Not very demanding work given

    Cons

    No competition people are too relaxed about their job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Typical Government - entitled staff, no desire to achieve or provide good service

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Student energy, ability to shine with a little effort, campus is a self contained city with amenities, educational opportunities

    Cons

    tenured staff and long time employees who never work above and beyond, dated IT, mindset that "nobody is as complicated or understands what we do here", 9-5 Monday to Friday attitude in IT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    revamp, get rid of old school mindset, invest in technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not worth the effort

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    There are some very talented undergraduates. Job hours are quite flexible. Cost of living is quite low.

    Cons

    Colleagues are very unfriendly. Compensation is mediocre, and not merit-based. Difficult to recruit good graduate students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not a good place to work as TA or RA

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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

    nothing, my peers are very good

    Cons

    No appreciation, less pay and too much work load not divided equally among staff of same level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should deal each department on same level

  9.  

    An OK place to work

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    good reputation in Canada, good programs in cs and math

    Cons

    Too many self-important people, too many over-paid professors who barely do any work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your student, not only their money, and hire more devoted professors who can DO their jobs, not just TALK a lot all day.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Public sector at its finest...in both senses.

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    Former Contractor - Freelance Technical in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Freelance Technical in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Institution with vision, energy, and momentum.

    Cons

    Management rises, stays at its level of incompetence.
    More heat, less light than you'd hope.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    postdoc

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    nothing special to say on pros

    Cons

    low salary, low chance of advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not feasible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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