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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.  

    very good employer

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    very reasonable pay, friendly people and work environment.

    Cons

    cannot think of any, it was very good experience!

    Recommends
  2.  

    Excellent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    There's lots of room for movement within the university, and the uni is working on increasing internal mobility. Of course, work experiences will vary across departments, but my supervisor in CECA was phenomenal, and the exec worked hard to make communication within a large department (and with staff spread across Canada) work smoothly. Some of the universal pros to working at Waterloo include: absolutely great benefits package, confidential career advising for staff, a staff association advocate, and policies designed to promote professional development. I was impressed that the university seemed to take an arm's length approach to the staff advocate role and career advisor role, instead of trying to make them serve a larger organizational mandate. Many departments seem to have flex time.

    Cons

    As at any university, there can be difficulties bridging the perspectives of staff and faculty. You'll also find the occasional bad apples - and they sometimes stick around, since the university has (good) policies in place to make sure that people are given reasonable coaching rather than prematurely fired. The people I met who seemed dissatisfied with the university as an employer had typically been there since the year dot, and had no points of comparison.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Graduate Student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time

    Pros

    Great department and full of support

    Cons

    To be successful in your study at University of Waterloo, trying to get support from your classmates and professors as much as possible is very critical.

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  5.  

    TA experience

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

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

    Pros

    Well paid and get to work with subject experts

    Cons

    Sometimes courses are poorly organized and increases TA overload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nil

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Fantastic!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    I have learned lots of stuff here!

    Cons

    Always have some work to do!

  7.  

    University of Waterloo welcomes to all enthusiastic students, educators and researchers.

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

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

    Pros

    University of Waterloo is a dynamic research-based University. It offers many things to learn and to do. A friendly educational environment and work place that brings you close to the feeling that you are at home.

    Cons

    I cannot think of cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant Thesis

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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

    You get hands on experience on analog and digital circuits and get an opportunity to test the circuits

    Cons

    It takes a lot of time to test the chips.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very nice experience overall

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    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

    - Good Teaching Assistant salary, enough money for graduate students in addition with Research Assistantships
    - Great communication and cooperation between the TA team and course instructor; very good flexibility in case one TA is not able to attend his session due to unseen circumstances.

    Cons

    - You will have to work very hard and keep polishing your concepts to satisfy intellectual demands of the students
    - sometimes issues with setting up of meeting times with the students

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great people to work with!

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in duties and timings
    Well paid
    Easy work
    Get to work with professors

    Cons

    No promotion opportunities for teaching assistant position
    Marking papers is sometimes boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward good TAs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Research Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo as an intern

    Pros

    Intellectual autonomy, fantastic peer group

    Cons

    Weather is suboptimal, town is a bit dull

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