York University Reviews

Updated March 13, 2015
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  1. Extremely friendly faculties and stuffs

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - people are very friendly and welcoming, ready to help whenever anyone asked
    - flexible schedule
    - respectful work environment

    Cons

    - IT supports and payroll system really slow
    - Food sucks, really sucks
    - Noisy TTC construction is taking forever
    - Slightly above minimum pay for part time workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Add more food variety to Yorklane's non-junk-food selection.
    - Sandwiches and salad sold at Schulich are the worst I've eaten in my life

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Doctoral Student- PhD

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at York University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation for student funding is good. You also get a lot of teaching experience which is part of your funding package.

    Cons

    To get the full funding package, you have to teach a lot which takes away from your own research time and can be a source of distraction especially when you have to deal with student questions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that York University could provide a minimum funding for all graduate students and teaching should be optional. Also, they need to target better students into their programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Not hiring

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    Former Contractor - Administrative Secretary in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Administrative Secretary in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of my coworkers are great. Permanent employees have pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    I was a temp for years and they kept me that way so they wouldn't have to give me benefits. It's very difficult to get a proper job with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop removing union jobs. Stop mistreating loyal employees who used to love the university. many of us genuinely love the community but are so hurt and downtrodden now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. TA

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity. Chance to improve your public speaking skills. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Work load is sometimes a lot.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. DATA CLERK

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    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Scarborough, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University

    Pros

    There was real team work spirit.

    Cons

    They do not employ directly and hence short contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kudos for the trainings and listening ears

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good research opportunity

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at York University

    Pros

    Great work/ research environment, resources

    Cons

    Not enough grad courses available

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Friendly Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at York University

    Pros

    Friendly work envirionment.
    Stress level of the job is low.
    Chances of moving between different departments

    Cons

    Slow growth opportunities.
    Management is not very open to ideas or recommendations
    Tone at the top is not very welcoming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Opening up to employees might help create a more productive work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Nice facilities, strong team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at York University

    Pros

    York University has enough funding to support researchers and grad students to perform their research, but undergrad level is somehow disappoint me.

    Cons

    Future career opportunities, competitiveness, student cultures.
    Most under grad students are not focus on study.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Union environments breed mediocrity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at York University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you're into administrative work, this is your place.
    Never take your work home.
    Great work/life balance.
    Flexibility and understanding from management is usually awesome.
    Some managers are awesome and support professional development.

    Cons

    Not the place for creative people.
    The main campus is in the middle of nowhere.
    Tough to move from a union position to management.
    Depending on the faculty or department you work for, sometimes there is a huge divide between union and management employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as the people they are, not the positions they hold. Who cares about union vs. management - that doesn't make the person, it only makes the structure of the institution. Break down those fake walls and working as a team will be easier.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great place for students

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    Current Employee - Workstudy in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Workstudy in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    great culture
    great environment
    flexible hours (since they know you're a student and school comes first)

    Cons

    Nothing really
    Minimal pay ( but this is a very entry level jobs for student so it's expected)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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