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York University Reviews in Canada

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
94 Reviews
3.7
94 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I got to work from home a lot which provided a good work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • It is a stable job for the most part and the benefits are great (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Red tape: there are a lot of formalities involved and you have to plan for every move well ahead of time (in 3 reviews)

  • Can get a little boring at times (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nice place too work, but not much prospects for growing

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

    I worked at York University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very nice medical coverage policy, for dental and prescription, which is called CUPE plan.
    Security of job and a good balance in the workload.

    Cons

    Red tape: there are a lot of formalities involved and you have to plan for every move well ahead of time... My work was at times hindered because of the waiting for the approvals from management which could take months.
    Another drawback is the campus safety which is a matter of concern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Research Assistant

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

    I worked at York University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful staff, great working environment, good benefits and competitive salary. I got to work from home a lot which provided a good work life balance. I think it really depends what department you are working for and if you are in research the professor you are working under.

    Cons

    Location - feels unsafe and hard to get to

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was great.

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

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

    Pros

    Paid well, nice people. We are given a 20k scholarship if you go in with an A average. If you are not, the tuition isn't that bad, unless you are an international student. If you are an international student, you pay triple the tuition.

    Cons

    School was hard. Work-life balance was difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more funding to the stats department. We try really hard with what we have. They cut more funding because we keep trying harder to meet the goals, and when we meet them they cut it more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great if you do well with bureaucracy!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at York University

    Pros

    It is a stable job for the most part and the benefits are great! Great options for public transportation! It is also unionized, so you can feel a little safe with your job stability.

    Cons

    Management is not very transparent in what they want to achieve; Constant restructuring of departments that causes inefficiencies and decreases employee moral. Also not a lot of opportunities for growth or advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We understand that the change has to happen; just be clear in what you intend to achieve!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent place. But the reputation was weak and it was good to move on from there.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    York University had a good benefits program when I was there. I think it was
    defined contributions.

    Cons

    It was fine, except I didn't like being in a union. Especially when the union went on strike. Salary was not super competitive, especially when considering the cost of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at York University

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the constant communication and the people were great.

    Cons

    Training was short, and upper level staff were disorganized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at York University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good Insurance benefits
    Helpful professors

    Cons

    Work indefinitely
    Work even in the weekends to meet deadlines

    Recommends
  9.  

    Awesome

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at York University as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was a very positive experience to work with such talented academics in the field of vision research and psychophysics. Great atmosphere, pay, benefits, management and coworkers.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for promotion or upwards climbing apart from an increase in hours. Not a long-term job but good for part-time work for a student.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It depends which faculty you are working for

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

    I have been working at York University

    Pros

    Pay is really good compare to other places

    Cons

    Not enough room for career advancement

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Horrible experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The culture in the organization was informal and relaxed environment with good benefits including opportunities for career and academic advancement. Excellent pension scheme.

    Cons

    Very conservative and surprising although innovation was preached their IT infrastructure was poor for the central administration. My attempt to change things were met with strong opposition by some of the senior folks whose knowledge of technology was limited. Some of the infrastructure i recreated during my short term with them are being used long after leaving the organization. I was surprised to observed that a reputable educational institution has very inefficient staff human capital management system and kept inaccurate data that made it nearly impossible to management the function for which i was employed. The hated any collaboration with Unions even if it is for their mutual benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice management to get rid of staff who are not willing embrace innovation and technology that is aligned to the university's strategy to attract and retain talents to its administrative staff group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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