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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
174 Reviews
4.2
174 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on your boss, flexible hours/time in lieu (in 12 reviews)

  • Very friendly work environment with helpful coworkers (in 12 reviews)


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

  • The graduate student offices in Davis Center are rather poor (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very stipulating place to work

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor
    Current Employee - Associate Professor

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    innovative, creative, good leadership, stimulating, friendly

    Cons

    smaller town, but well within distance from Toronto

  2.  

    A great place to work, but there's a bit of a double standard on innovation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    Great work environment. Friendly staff across campus. Easy to network. Very supportive of learning opportunities on the job, and of ways to progress throughout the university.

    Cons

    Very entrenched in bureaucracy and tradition. It can sometimes feel like there is competition between the older staff who have worked at Waterloo for years, and the new younger staff who are trying to push the university into the 21st century.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You say you want innovation, so support it when someone presents you with it. Let go of tradition and history and try something new.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    Amazing grad students and professors to work with who want to see you grow.

    Cons

    You won't get amazing hours it's just a part-time opportunity and can take up more time than you might expect.

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  5.  

    Great 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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's the best job to support your education

    Cons

    Some times it becomes really hectic especially if you are doing research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing a good job

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place for math and cs study

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Math and computer science are famous, and engineering is also a big and famous department.

    Cons

    As a graduate student in computer science, you will feel that TA task is kind of ... to much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management of this university is really good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a good experience

    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The university is highly regarded in Computer Science and pays well compared to most other universities in Canada.
    The graduate student residences are quite nice for what you pay.

    Cons

    - The graduate student offices in Davis Center are rather poor. Most of the offices don't have windows and get poor airflow. They also cram too many people into each office.
    - Expense reports are a pain to file. Finance requires too much documentation. The amount of paper that they waste is ludicrous.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Research Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    The professors are great supervisors. Very knowledgeable

    Cons

    need more resources in research

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    I really enjoyed working at the University of Waterloo

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    Former Employee - Front Desk Assistant  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Front Desk Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible, great managers, chances to learn and develop your skills.

    Cons

    At times not enough hours to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Coop Term

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

    I worked at University of Waterloo as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance with flexible hours. Very friendly work environment with helpful coworkers. Support in pursuing additional education within or outside of the university.

    Cons

    limited upward mobility without a lot o areas of progression. Facilities are shared with students, so anything from parking to lunch will be filled with university students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the high level of flexibility in the work schedule, as it is a major attraction to the current workforce

    Recommends
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  11.  

    One of the best places for engineering

    Former Employee - PhD Student  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great engineering university. Lots of options to apply for different scholarships or TA or CA to make some additional money. There are also a lot of opportunities to get involved outside of research to help keep you sane and more interesting once you graduate.

    Cons

    As a graduate student always try to make sure you find a supervisor with a good fit for your research style. The Civil department is very fractured (no pun intended) and it would have been nice to see a more friendly/collaborative atmosphere between the professors.

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