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University of Waterloo Reviews in Toronto, ON Canada

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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4.1 105 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur

Feridun Hamdullahpur

(45 ratings)

94% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Great people to work with!

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

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

    ConsNo promotion opportunities for teaching assistant position
    Marking papers is sometimes boring

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward good TAs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

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

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

    Constenured 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 Senior Managementrevamp, get rid of old school mindset, invest in technology

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Center for Extended learning

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Teaching Assistant

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

    ProsI 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

    ConsI 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 Senior Managementshould prepare TAs more to teach undergrad students.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place to work with tons of opportunity!

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

    ProsIt'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

    ConsSalaries 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 Senior ManagementContinue to train your Managers on leadership skills

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Learned a lot; a lot of flexibility; not a lot of work

    Junior Web Developer (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsLearned a pretty good amount. I had a lot of flexibility to choose my own projects, choose my own technologies, etc.

    ConsI didn't have a whole lot of work to do. I often had to create work to do myself. If you aren't motivated and don't take initiative, you may be bored very often.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more work to the employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The culture is great

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

    ProsWorking environment is friendly, noting to be stressful about

    ConsThe pay is not usually high

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    Very good environment. I am glad that I did my degree here

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsStrong research environment, very talented people around.

    ConsIt is a college town and is an hour drive from Toronto. For people who are focused on research though this is not really a con

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent working environment

    Grad Student (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsVarious opportunities to develop yourself in academia or industry-related projects depending on your area and collaboration of your group and companies. Plus, the working environment is pretty decent and the schedule flexible.

    ConsTA opportunities are limited and strongly background oriented. It's not quite possible to apply for a TA position in other department if you've changed your major.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Research assistant

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

    ProsGood place to work and improve

    Consnothing to mention here but may be later on

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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