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  • The work/life balance may be difficult to kept during the terms that you attend courses (in 11 reviews)

  • Low Pay, still have to pay tuition (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "unfair hiring and remuneration"

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


  2. "teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, atmosphere, hours, educational opportunities

    Cons

    no breaks, no health insurance

    Advice to Management

    improve empl;oyee relations

  3. "Lack of incentive for quality teaching cascades down from the top"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent pay, flexible hours and choice of tasks

    Cons

    Depending on the course, bad organization on the course coordinator's part can really disrupt your ability to effectively use the contract hours on teaching students.


  4. "Poorly paid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Brand name is good for future opportunities

    Cons

    Horrible salary for a postdoc


  5. "Sessional: a modern-day slavory"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at University of Toronto as a contractor

    Pros

    It's great to work as a tenured-track prof in Canada. You are Protected by the Union, enjoying a good salary. Making on average 100 K, and teaching 6 or 6 hours in class for effectively 6 months. But compare this with the compassion sessionals receive

    Cons

    Sessionals receive around 20% of the salary of a tenured or tenured-track prof,neither meagre benefits, next to none - a modern-day slavory. Shame on the system that allows this!


  6. "Sessional Course Instructor"

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    Former Contractor - Course Instructor
    Former Contractor - Course Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to teach students can in and of itself be a deeply gratifying experience, but outside of a tenure-track position, the work is severely underpaid.

    Cons

    Sessional course instructors have insecure work, from contract to contract, and very infrequently have the opportunity to teach the same course more than once, meaning that the prep hours for designing a new course from scratch are significant, and because the pay is a stipend per semester, the take-home pay ends up significantly lower than a graduate teaching assistantship. Course instructors are provided with few resources, and reporting relationships are sometimes unclear, or unsupportive when problems arise. Sessional instruction is not a gateway to the tenure track. According to a 2016 Conference Board of Canada report, less than 20% of PhD grads secure a tenure-line faculty position.

    Advice to Management

    Provide sessional instructors with a living wage. Reduce some of the bloating that has been apparent in upper management and university administration over recent years to provide more adequate support for the instructors who deliver the majority of instruction at the university.


  7. "Get me out of here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Toronto as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ummm... I don't know. Prestige, I guess?

    Cons

    As a TA, I'm underpaid and overworked, with few opportunities for advancement beyond similarly tenuous and underpaid adjunct work. Administrators take home salaries of several hundred thousand dollars while the people who do the bulk of the teaching are on or below the poverty line.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your TAs and adjuncts a living wage, maybe?

  8. "Eng."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not for cheap and poor people
    Smart students only
    Good scholarship
    Excellent post-grad study

    Cons

    Too many Chinese
    Racism
    Not Expensive enough
    Not to increase the GPA inference and bring more within Canada students


  9. "AccessAbility Services is a difficult place to work in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at University of Toronto full-time

    Pros

    Students are great to work with, very rewarding to be able to provide support. Staff in other departments are helpful and willing to listen, as there are many challenges in working at the AccessAbility Services office at the Scarborough Campus.

    Cons

    Scarborough Campus AccessAbility Services - leadership is quick to reprimand staff, mostly without valid grounds. Decisions are mostly driven by deep insecurities and reactive emotions. I had to deal with constant automatic reprimands, lack of open mindedness, patronizing comments and aggressive body language. Leader gets easily defensive, face becomes red with a strong stare and will physically lean towards you. Very unpleasant office to work in. This is a dictatorship.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of yourself so that your staff don’t have to keep dealing with unpredictable behavior from you.


  10. "TA"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    it was a place to work

    Cons

    people are horrendous. management is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    shape up


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