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Pros
  • Great work environment, multicultural staff and friendly colleagues (in 19 reviews)

  • Flexible hours around school schedule (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to get a full-time position (in 4 reviews)

  • low salary for PDFs, but this is Canada-wide (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Say away from SASS"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Ottawa full-time

    Pros

    Big university, active and robust public transportation system

    Cons

    Stay away from SASS (Student Academic Success Services)

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent administrators/supervisors who do not make employees feel small.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Exploiting student workers"

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    Current Intern - Program Support in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Program Support in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Ottawa as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa working part time during the school year and full time in the summer as a co-op student for one of the Telfer School of Management programs. My job is dynamic and has provided me with experience in various areas including recruitment, academic support, marketing, and program administration.

    Cons

    I am significantly underpaid for a person with my level of education and work experience (I am in my final year of studies and have about 2 years’ experience working for various federal government departments). I am often asked to perform duties that go above and beyond my original job description and have been tasked with responsibilities that would normally be inappropriate to put in the hands of a student worker. The University is supplementing what could be a permanent, unionized position with cheap labor. Making barely more than minimum wage, the University of Ottawa has exploited my financial need that is derived mainly from the high tuition costs I incur from the same institution of which I am employed.

    Advice to Management

    Fairly compensate your employees if you want to retain talent which your institution has developed.

  3. "Negative work environment"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are considering an unionized position with the University of Ottawa, you will likely enjoy the high salary given the little work you will be expected to do. The location of the university is easy accessible through public transportation.

    Cons

    A very political environment. Low tolerance for diverse point of views. The work environment is government-like which means you won't find individuals that seek change or pursue a career. it is more like a "left-over" or "retirement" environment. The campus banned vending machines to sell water bottles, so if you want a nice cold drink, your options will be sugary drinks.

    Advice to Management

    So much potential and yet so far behind.


  4. "Teaching Assistant"

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

    Pros

    (1) It helped me to relate with students and answer their questions.
     (2) It helped me to learn to have meetings with Professors to discuss grading of students’ work and other course-related matters
    (3) I learnt how to be a facilitator in giving lessons to groups of 30 t0 120 students
    (4) It helped me to develope strong presentation skills.
    (5) I learnt to be coordinator between the students and professors

    Cons

    (1) Must be able to along with all students
    (2) Problems can happen. Must be able to get along all with everyone


  5. "Un satisfied"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Not many good things to say.

    Cons

    Limited growth, no opportunities to learn.

    Advice to Management

    No genuine research done.


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