Wilfrid Laurier University

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Wilfrid Laurier University Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
19 Reviews
3.6
19 Reviews
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Wilfrid Laurier University President and Vice-Chancellor Max Blouw
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  1.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilfrid Laurier University

    Pros

    Good pay, benefit, vacation, job security

    Cons

    Really enjoy my time at the company

  2.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilfrid Laurier University as a contractor

    Pros

    Great interaction with students - small class sizes!

    Cons

    Sessional instructors are not necessarily valued by tenured professors - definite unspoken class system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create awareness and education amongst tenured staff

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    jobs

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilfrid Laurier University

    Pros

    very good pay, benefit, vacation
    encouraging

    Cons

    i really enjoy working there

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  5.  

    Great place to work and study.

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

    I worked at Wilfrid Laurier University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot from my professor while working as RA. He always helped me whenever I need so. At times he acted as mentor and coach. As a student WLU is a great university to study. In general teachers are great in teaching and helping students.

    Cons

    Few professors are not great in teaching the subject matters. However, they have the positive attitude to teach the students. The students standard are also not consistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    University should focus more on the admission of consistent students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Student driven

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilfrid Laurier University as a contractor

    Pros

    strong values within management that filters down

    Cons

    slow growth and can lack a strong central method

  7.  

    A farce of Higher Education.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Wilfrid Laurier University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The staff are highly motivated and do their best to provide students with an education despite the efforts of administration. Also the students are usually very enthusiastic and eager to learn.

    Cons

    The disadvantage is the administrative culture who see the university as a business or rather a scam to relieve students(' parents) and the provincial taxpayer of tuition monies and go through the motions of providing an education. Decisions affecting the university are not made on pedagogical merit, student interest or for the increase and dissemination of knowledge but for the profit margin. The treatment of part-time contract staff is deplorable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down the size of the management bubble, and focus on what a university should be about: teaching and research. By lessening the fiscal burden caused by excessive management more teaching and research staff could be hired on a full-time basis and then small class sizes could again be realised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Horrible work culture and management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Staff, Administrative in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Support Staff, Administrative in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Wilfrid Laurier University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Educational tuition discount for employees

    Cons

    Union dues, staff have to pay for parking, faculty treat support staff poorly even if they are university educated, offices use out-dated technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In 5-8 years most of the support staff will retire. You will have no choice but to hire younger workers that are university educated and skilled with technology. You will no longer have the luxury of treating support staff poorly as they will no longer be high school graduates with typing skills. You need to train faculty and administrate mangers how to work with and develop younger workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing supervisors!

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

    I have been working at Wilfrid Laurier University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had two amazing supervisors in Communication studies.

    Cons

    The University is a little bit small

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Degree Factory

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sessonal Instructor in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sessonal Instructor in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Wilfrid Laurier University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Course coordinator (non-management) provided helpful direction and sharing of ideas
    Very good admin support for lecturers

    Cons

    Never met the department head who hired me -- all done via email
    Students more interested in grades than learning...and the system reinforces the culture with bonus mark schemes, focus on grade appeals
    Facilities are rundown and not conducive to learning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more hands on in managing the process. Reorient the culture to learning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Teaching Assistant

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

    I have been working at Wilfrid Laurier University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed job environment for the staff

    Cons

    Not structured enough and get odd hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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