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York University Reviews in Canada

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
100 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, work environment is great and team is motivating

    Cons

    Compensation is low and pace is slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should consider increasing compensation

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University

    Pros

    Great campus, great place to work at

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, too many internal hiring, hard to break in

  3.  

    Office Assistant at YorkU

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at York University part-time

    Pros

    Great place to work at! Diverse workforce. Very friendly coworkers. Very accommodating managers and give priority to your schedule.

    Cons

    Not much investment on skills and development training of contract/part-time employees.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Nice place too work, but not much prospects for growing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    Great School

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment for learning at young age

    Cons

    Not much independence from Management in Decision Making

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Just OK

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at York University

    Pros

    The benefits are not bad

    Cons

    Jobs are very narrow; no room for growth. If you're looking for advancement, you'll have to leave.
    There are policies in place but don't expect management to actually enforce them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The whole university is characterized by administrative inertia. Senior administrators know the problems but unfortunately the culture there prevents anyone from doing anything. Instead they form working groups and committees to make it seem like they're addressing the problems but in reality nothing ever gets done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    It was great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great if you do well with bureaucracy!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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