University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Pros
  • The flexibility is excellent in terms of achieving a work- life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • great work environment for starting in the field (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • heavy pressure, heavy work load (in 5 reviews)

  • Low salary for RA/TA ( way lower than minimum published by grad studies for full financial aid) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Good Organisation

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    The environment is very conducive for learning the system. The staff are very welcoming and encourage you to feel comfortable.

    Cons

    There are not many career advancement opportunites.


  2. No career trajectory over 40.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at University of Waterloo (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Best reason to work here is the pension and benefits.

    Cons

    Male dominated very little movement for women. Old boys club.

    Advice to Management

    No listening ears. Devalues employees.


  3. Program Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching and Program Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching and Program Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    The largest benefit is the casual and comfortable workplace environment. It is very easy going. Also, it is on campus so is close to student life and student workers can easily connect with their colleagues.

    Cons

    The company's (WatPD) intentions are good, but their execution to achieve their goal of helping students to develop professional skills needs work. Also, most of the time, students act as markers and mark assignments most of the time

    Advice to Management

    Some of the more senior level workers were great to work with and understanding. However, there were some that were not as enjoyable to work with. The success of an employee here is largely affected by who their supervisor is.


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  5. Grounds & Maintenance

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    Fun, laid back, easy work.

    Cons

    Lead hands don't seem to do very much/give away all their work to students.


  6. Really good university

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    UW is a very good university

    Cons

    courses for grad student are not good enough

    Advice to Management

    keep calm and go forward!


  7. Graduate Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    Flexible schedule with lots of resources to depend on throughout

    Cons

    Some courses may require more time commitment than others, leaving little time for personal research

    Advice to Management

    Provide more consistency between courses regarding time commitment from graduate students


  8. Teaching Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    friendly colleagues, flexible hours, good pay for proctoring

    Cons

    redundant training sessions - mandatory even for experienced proctors


  9. Teaching Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    friendly people, nice colleagues, pay rate is good if proctoring exams

    Cons

    unfair pay for some courses that take longer to teach/mark compared to others that are relatively shorter with less assignments/quizzes, some professors are not nice to work with

    Advice to Management

    There should be a human resources department for graduate students since they are still considered employed and some grad students are treated unfairly and unprofessionally


  10. Doctoral Student (Faculty of Environment)

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Faculty of Environment has a great atmosphere to work in, with friendly colleagues and passionate students; better than average pay.

    Cons

    Not really any cons per se, workload is inconsistent as sometimes it is light but at other times it is rather heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key. Responding to emails within a reasonable time is always advantageous; having important persons check their email twice a day would be very helpful.


  11. good enough for junior worker

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    problems are normally easy to handle, seniors are willing to offer help when you have questions, pretty good salary, individual office, nice colleagues.

    Cons

    lacking of diversification makes daily work boring,



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