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Updated August 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "Free work time, nice working environment" (in 34 reviews)

  • "There's good respect here for work-life balance, with flexibility in hours and scheduling should you need it for family responsibilities" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very competitive atmosphere, either you have a lot of work or nothing to do sometimes" (in 8 reviews)

  • "A lot of work to balance with my studies as a full time graduate student" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "I loved working for Mac"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McMaster University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - For my position I had a standard, predictable schedule
    - Unionized salaries meant you knew you were being paid like everyone else across the board
    - Great vacation & benefits package
    - Room to advance

    Cons

    I honestly don't have any cons for working at Mac. I always enjoyed my time there, and I would recommend them as a place to work to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to any management would be to check in with staff regularly about how they're doing personally and professionally. An annual review can be very helpful for both management and staff to ensure you're still on the same wavelength.


  2. "Get in get out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at McMaster University full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and good pay

    Cons

    no room to grow or learn

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees

  3. "Great Work Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are all terrific and friendly

    Cons

    Pay is substandard and advancement difficult


  4. "Nurse"

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    Former Employee - Nurse in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Nurse in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good place to work, good pay

    Cons

    Need more staff, need more managerial skills.


  5. "POST-DOC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at McMaster University full-time

    Pros

    To get a good Research experience in academic, it's a good place to start with.

    Cons

    It's not a permanent job


  6. "good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ontario, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ontario, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMaster University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good working environment, good research experience, great university.

    Cons

    relatively low salary for a postdoc position

    Advice to Management

    speed up application review process


  7. "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    1: working on different excited and interested researches.
    2: publishing numerous peer-reviewed and journal papers.

    Cons

    1: Never end with 8hrs a day, 12 hrs is a most common time to spend.
    2: No overtime or compensation is considered
    3: Less health benefit comparing even with the administration positions

  8. "Exceptional Institution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McMaster University full-time

    Pros

    Inspired critical thinking and innovation through a problem-based learning (PBL) paradigm. Recognized worldwide for its excellence in health care.

    Cons

    The PBL paradigm can initially be difficult to adjust to for those coming from traditional lecture-based instructional models.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that scholarships promised are delivered accordingly. I know of at least one case where the student didn't receive a portion of the funding promised to them.


  9. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at McMaster University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Able to use all lab equipment and guidance from Liburdi Engineering as well as the professors working at McMaster. Wide variety of resources and guidance given from the university.

    Cons

    Limited time to complete the task required. If given additional time a alternative solution the problem would be given. Needed more funding for project.


  10. "Very dynamic!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McMaster University part-time

    Pros

    Great company. Very organized and up to date.

    Cons

    A lot of work, can be demanding


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