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University of Waterloo Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
174 Reviews
4.2
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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 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    very reasonable pay, friendly people and work environment.

    Cons

    cannot think of any, it was very good experience!

    Recommends
  2.  

    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 for less than a 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
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for less than a 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
  7.  

    Typical Government - entitled staff, no desire to achieve or provide good service

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Student energy, ability to shine with a little effort, campus is a self contained city with amenities, educational opportunities

    Cons

    tenured staff and long time employees who never work above and beyond, dated IT, mindset that "nobody is as complicated or understands what we do here", 9-5 Monday to Friday attitude in IT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    revamp, get rid of old school mindset, invest in technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 for more than a 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
  9.  

    Center for Extended learning

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, no pressure, no deadlines, chilled out, great work culture

    Cons

    Repetitive and boring work, not the best place to grow,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Teaching Assistant

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    I was offered the position because I was a masters student, pretty flexible hours and not too demanding, gained a lot of experience working in conjunction with undergraduate students

    Cons

    I think the pay was a bit low for a TA in comparsion to other TA positions available at other schools, we didn't really get any training and were just expected to get right into it, we didn't get any formal feedback either

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should prepare TAs more to teach undergrad students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to work with tons of opportunity!

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

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

    Pros

    It's like a small city. You can work in student focused roles, support positions, Athletics, retail, foodservice. It's fantastic for people with varied career interests
    Campus has everything you would want at a job location (food, gym, bank, healthcare etc)
    Generous Defined Benefit Pension Plan
    Free tuition for staff, discounted tuition for dependents of staff
    job security

    Cons

    Salaries are typical of public-sector roles, below what you could make outside
    Things can move at a pretty slow pace, things are discussed in a very collaborative manner before decisions are made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to train your Managers on leadership skills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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