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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
211 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.  

    Great school to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Highly competitive place to do research, best engineering school in Canada and one of the top in the World.

    Cons

    Waterloo as a city is bit remote; however, Kitchener airport being started direct flights to Chicago....it getting better.

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    As far as postdoctoral fellowships go, UW is a good choice

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Reasonable benefit package if you can get a 2 year or more contract. The University has a good reputation.

    Cons

    Postdoctoral fellowships never pay very much. Office space provided was really bad.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Teaching Assistant

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy Job and Easy Money

    Cons

    Coursework students are not eligible for full time TA

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  5.  

    Engineering Student at UW

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Offers a very beneficial co-op/internship program which allows you to gain valuable experience in your field and also graduate debt free.
    Holds high standards for their students in terms of quality of work and academic integrity.
    A few good profs (depends on your learning style).
    Growing rapidly and considered one of the best engineering schools in Canada.
    Plenty of resources available to students.

    Cons

    Most of the buildings are unattractive, poor school-life balance, many of the co-op jobs available are boring (paper work, repetitive, mindless work) but depends on the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more effort into hiring more experienced lecturers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Postdoctoral fellow

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depends on your professor. I have a lot of free time for my family

    Cons

    Low salary, but you can teach at Universities such as Waterloo, Guelph, or Conestoga college

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    It is an awesome place to live and study

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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

    Pros

    Very good professor in Math Department

    Cons

    Not a lots of good job opportunity in Canada and local area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great university for graduate student

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

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

    Pros

    University staffs are very nice and supportive to students. Provides good opportunities on campus for graduate student to earn some financial support. Provides good guidance in teaching.

    Cons

    Work pressure depending on employer (your supervisor). Less room for students to negotiate the work load unless they are funded outside of university.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    research assistant

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

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

    Pros

    co-op program for undergrads which helps to get hired right after graduation.

    Cons

    graduates studies has less industry experience and less job opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should make a co-op like opportunities for MS and PhD candidates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Research Assistant

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    entrepreneurship, free to develop idea , heaven from software guys

    Cons

    Small city and not very ideal from hard ware engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more interaction needed with the graduate students not just to there representatives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to work schedule lots of work time, it can be a bit difficult.

    Cons

    Very flexible work schedule which allows to study and work at the same time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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