York University Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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York University President Mamdouh Shoukri
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Pros
  • Get work-life balance - caring of your education (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)

  • Not a great work life balance as most of the time is spent in the labs and school working (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Telephone interviewer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hours/shifts - very flexible.
    They do a review with you after 3 months and also help you improve if you need it with certain workshops.

    Cons

    The pay, no room for growth or improvement. Getting all the interviews really feels like it's based on your luck sometimes, most of the shift you are just calling people that don't answer the phone.

    Advice to Management

    Make more opportunities for growth within the company.


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    Sr. Account Executive Schulich Executive Education Centre

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Schulich Executive Education Centre in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Schulich Executive Education Centre in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great professors/trainers and some support staff are helpful

    Cons

    Very unethical upper management. Doesn't deliver what they promise to staff. Oppressive and bullying culture. They need to know the word Integrity. Charges exorbitant rates to clients as well. If you're planning to work with this company, RUN! You'll be better off somewhere else.
    Very toxic culture.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. The way you handle this organization will eventually be its demise. Respect and listen to your staff and customers. Don't think the world revolves around you and your pockets.


  3. TA

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good if you are part of the union

    Cons

    Dealing with administration can be confusing and difficult at times


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  5. operating engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operating Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Operating Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at York University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people,Good pay,Uniforms,Pension,Benefits
    good management. Safe prorities.

    Cons

    Hot,uniforms are cotton cant dress for heat.Noisy chillers and boilers.City traffic.Vacation in the summer is hard to get.


  6. Research Assistant

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

    I have been working at York University

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible time; good colleges; laid back environment

    Cons

    Relative low pay; not enough professional training


  7. Student Safety Officer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Student Safety Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Student Safety Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at York University as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good pay for student position

    Cons

    Bad Management as instead of fostering a learning environment rather feed to a toxic culture

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve by training and learning from other industries and implement a friendly work atmosphere. Treat Employees with respect instead of looking down at them.


  8. Short-term opportunities abound, but lots of politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Communications Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Communications Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you get a full-time position, York has one of the best unions to be in - great pay, incredible benefits, and decent amount of time off, as well as further education opportunities, etc.

    Cons

    There's a huge bureaucratic culture. It's very difficult to get things done because things are not as efficient as they could be, and older (more long-term) employees often hinder progress. Also, if you're with the temporary union (YUTA), the job offers come and go as they please - their HR practices are stingy and somewhat questionable. I've been offered positions, accepted them, only to have them pulled back a few days later.

    Advice to Management

    Less middle-management that is inefficient. When you offer positions, make sure they are guaranteed. Offering jobs to people and then retracting your offers looks incredibly unprofessional.


  9. Software Developer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Develeoper in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Software Develeoper in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at York University as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Very good environment to work in.
    -Good technology.
    -Very informative and understanding co-workers.

    Cons

    -Pay is less compared to intern-ships
    -No benefits for part time students

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the pay and money matters of students


  10. Great experience for concurrent student

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant, Assistant Coordinator, Invigilator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant, Assistant Coordinator, Invigilator in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Involvement in the academic community
    -Good research assistantship stipends compared to other institutions
    -Opportunities for growth (e.g. conferences, consortiums, summer schools, graduate studies, invigilating etc)

    Cons

    -Gloomy and depressing environment and facilities
    -Not in a great area
    -University reputation is not strong
    -HR is not very supportive of student employees

    Advice to Management

    -HR should be more supportive to student employees


  11. Senior Account Executive

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Support staff are helpful and pleasant.

    Cons

    Not enough time to develop accounts. You’ll be fired just as sales start to come in.

    Advice to Management

    It is unethical to:
    Charge clients differing amounts for identical services
    Fire AE’s to convert their accounts to non-commissionable house-accounts



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