University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur
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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. Postdoc at University of Waterloo

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good palce, good facility, and good colleages

    Cons

    the payment is bad, and the city is boring.


  2. Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, Good people, Nice environment

    Cons

    Almost nothing. Maybe location is a little far from Toronto


  3. Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best I can think of. Not too much work and good money.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.


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  5. Great environment if you let yourself get immersed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Waterloo (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people (subjective) Decent pay Lots of projects/experience

    Cons

    Lack's competitiveness Days can be dull


  6. Boring work but good compensation

    Former Employee - WatPD Marking Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - WatPD Marking Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    good compensation for a graduate student; extremely flexible hours due to online marking; WatPD staff nice and accomodating

    Cons

    extremely boring work; tedious marking meetings sometimes make you want to stab a pencil in your eye


  7. Great work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Waterloo in a great city to live, safe environment, nice people.

    Cons

    Staff working in ECE department are the worst ever ones I have seen in my entire life. A bunch of old ladies who think don't respect other employees and students.


  8. Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture good education sources

    Cons

    there is no bad sides in Uwaterloo

    Advice to Management

    Management is very good.


  9. Good environment, low pay

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    there are nice people out there, secure job, helping people, safe city, world known programs, famous co-op alumni,

    Cons

    the money is not good, Waterloo is a small city that can be boring with cold weather, the campus is full of ugly buildings,


  10. Research Fellow

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Waterloo (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is a good collaboration between the university and industry.

    Cons

    Normally, academic research projects do not have enough budget.


  11. Grounds Crew

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxed. Great job for students. Great way to stay around campus all summer.

    Cons

    Lead hands are very lazy. My lead hand basically took all of his vacation days while we were there and we did all of his work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your lead hands more accountable, there are many more things going on than you are aware of.



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