Wilfrid Laurier University
3.5 of 5 13 reviews
www.wlu.ca Waterloo, Canada 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Feb 12, 2014

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67% Approve of the CEO

Wilfrid Laurier University President and Vice-Chancellor Max Blouw

Max Blouw

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69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Amazing supervisors!

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

I have been working at Wilfrid Laurier University as a contractor for more than a year

ProsI had two amazing supervisors in Communication studies.

ConsThe University is a little bit small

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Wilfrid Laurier University as a contractor

ProsGreat interaction with students - small class sizes!

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

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate awareness and education amongst tenured staff

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Degree Factory

Sessonal Instructor (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at Wilfrid Laurier University as a contractor for less than a year

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

ConsNever 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 Senior ManagementBe more hands on in managing the process. Reorient the culture to learning.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

I have been working at Wilfrid Laurier University part-time for less than a year

ProsRelaxed job environment for the staff

ConsNot structured enough and get odd hours

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Wilfrid Laurier University

Prosawesome people to work with

Conssmaller school and limited roles

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great place to work

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

I have been working at Wilfrid Laurier University part-time for more than 3 years

Prosgood hours . good pay
welcoming environment.
always innovative and growing .
great diversity .
chances to grow in career

ConsIts not located in a big city for city lovers

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

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Negative and Disastrous Work Culture --- destroyed my life!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Wilfrid Laurier University full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat pay and benefits. People are generally great on a personal level and the work is pretty easy and slow know matter what you are doing.

ConsNo one knows what they are doing.The people there are only there for a paycheque. Typical government job. They are all very complacent, lazy and most are protected by a ridiculous union that protects those who dont deserve it.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire real managers. Boot out the unions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A life-changing learning experience that I would not have traded for the world!

President and Chief Executive Officer (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at Wilfrid Laurier University full-time for more than a year

ProsFlexibility in working hours, the ability to affect change directly, the working environment (with co-workers), always challenging issues to approach

ConsConstant turnover makes sustainable change difficult, entitlement among many paid and unpaid employees is endemic

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on fewer priorities in order to complete necessary changes given the turnover

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great culture at work, amazing benefits. The city and role just weren't for me

Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Kitchener, ON (Canada)

I worked at Wilfrid Laurier University full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat benefits, full pension plan, health and dental coverage. Had 25 days of vacation in a senior analyst position is unheard of in the corporate world. All of the people I worked with were great overall. There are a couple of tough people to work with, but no more than anywhere really. Job stability and security are also benefits of the univsersity. Role advancement is available but you would have to be patient.

ConsUnion environment can be a bit of a downer. A lot of "lifers" aren't very motivated to do anything beyond their job description.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Postdoctoral Follow (Current Employee)

I have been working at Wilfrid Laurier University

ProsI guess being staff at WLU has its advantages. Being postdoc there is good as well if your supervisor is present

ConsNo way to meet people. I'm the only person in the lab and besides the status of postdoctoral is not very clear.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe worse I had. I meet with my supervisor every two or three months and no feedback on what I'm doing

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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