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Updated April 19, 2018
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Pros
  • they care about your work life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, you do not work more than the the amount of hours specified in the contract (in 79 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to maintain a healthy work-life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Low-pay but the experience you get out of it is priceless (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "A big and exciting place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in Saint George, UT
    Current Employee - Professor in Saint George, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Immense freedom, as a faculty member, to explore many aspects of society. A wonderful privilege to teach the next generation.

    Cons

    Very complicated at times; too many smart people make too-complex systems and occasionally lose site of the important thing - the people - the students.


  2. "Graduate student - research assistant experience at the University of Toronto"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time

    Pros

    The University of Toronto provides a widely recognized name in many fields and provides some of the best support for any research. Many departments offer funding to the students working in them. Toronto is also a very nice area and provides a good place to live.

    Cons

    The standards here are extremely high. Going into graduate school, one expects to be challenged and it provides preparation for future work. However, don't go into graduate school at the University of Toronto unless you are serious about your work and willing to endure hardship.

  3. "PostDoc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Saint George, UT
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Saint George, UT

    I worked at University of Toronto full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits through the union

    Cons

    Salaries are low depending on your supervisor

    Advice to Management

    Make postdoctoral programs more enticing by giving postdocs benefits, more grant opportunities etc.


  4. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Ontario, CA
    Current Employee - Student in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great student life, food is amazing, will have tons of fun, amazing reputation

    Cons

    Can get extremely crowded at st george

    Advice to Management

    Have a nerfball ball contest


  5. "Hart House Programme Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Toronto part-time

    Pros

    Wonderful, creative employees and beautiful building. If you're a student intern, the Programme office still ropes you in on projects and you get some great experience. They adapt to your student schedule.

    Cons

    It's highly dependent on who is working in the Programme office above you, obviously. I had great supervisors, but they tend to turn over every few years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep treating your interns well!


  6. "Nice hourly rate"

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

    I worked at University of Toronto part-time

    Pros

    Hourly rate is really high.

    Cons

    You can't do more than a certain number of TAs.


  7. "Please raise pay!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with world class researchers.

    Cons

    Pay is way too low.

  8. "Low pay but excellent research environment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time

    Pros

    Excellent Research Environment, get to work with world class researchers

    Cons

    Low Pay, still have to pay tuition

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay!


  9. "Teacher Assistant"

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

    I worked at University of Toronto part-time

    Pros

    The hourly pay of around $42 is better than most other schools. Particularly, considering the fact that you will probably end up working fewer hours than what is mentioned on your contract.

    Cons

    Some faculty members in the sciences departments do not treat the TAs very well and put too much pressure on them.

    Advice to Management

    TAs are your graduate students. You should cut them some slack. TAing should not come at the cost of the students' course and/or research performance.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "unfair hiring and remuneration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Toronto (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    U of T has an enormous donor and alumni base and is building at record pace. The newer facilities are state-of-the-art; full-time employees are very well remunerated (though the men more so than the women); administrators enter the "Sunshine Club" in record numbers each year and emeritus professors are regularly nominated by their institutional peers to the Order of Canada.

    Cons

    The wealth unfortunately stops at the level of permanent employees although contract faculty and unionized workers provide 60-70% of the instruction, struggling with wages typically under the poverty level. The latter have no security of employment or meaningful benefits, and are considered expendable by the former, despite equivalent degrees and long years of experience in academia. Students are considered "basic income units" by the ever-ballooning legions of administrators.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize, remunerate, and retain your valuable assets: contract faculty. Transparency goes a long way in securing the loyalty of both students and faculty and the patronage of alumni.


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