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Updated July 12, 2017
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Meric S. Gertler
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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 19 reviews)

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  1. "ITS student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, but boring and chill

    Cons

    You can show up and not do work and there wont be consequences


  2. "OISE a frustrating place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at a university with an amazing reputation.

    Cons

    Working at a university that doesn't deserve its reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when they tell you that they are overwhelmed by their workload. Too many people are doing the work of more than one person.

  3. "PhD Research Assistant"

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

    Pros

    Access to project resources, incredible libraries, centrally located

    Cons

    Terrible pay, abusive administration, perpetuates endless cycle of poverty

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  4. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Toronto full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, and convenient location.

    Cons

    Autocratic management style; every department is an isolated silo. Tremendous divide between faculty and administrative personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Come down to earth, please. Most of the times you are on the moon.


  5. "TA at U of T"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The university is home to a strong and lively community of graduate students. The campus is located in the heart of downtown Toronto.

    Cons

    As a teaching assistant with the university, you are not paid a livable wage and will have to find other ways to make up the difference.


  6. "Adjunct work is precarious and stressful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Toronto part-time

    Pros

    It's great if you are a full-time, unionized staff member (great benefits, etc)

    Cons

    Different tiers of employees have different salaries; decentralized organization makes it seem chaotic


  7. "Working experience"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    reputation, great scientific environment, downtown location

    Cons

    low income, PostDocs have no strong union, short parental leaves

    Advice to Management

    NA

  8. "Sessional Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Students are very bright, the work is interesting, other contract staff are wonderful, hardworking and generous

    Cons

    Contract faculty do over 50% of the teaching but only 4% (or less) of the school's budget goes to paying us. The union is very weak (instructed contract faculty to take 1% raise instead of striking, after 12 years with no raise -- not even cost of living), full time faculty and management is snotty and condescending and treat contract faculty like anonymous dirt, though we do the same job (for a third of the price). There is no room for advancement. Of course this is the same story as you will hear at many other universities and colleges in North America, but is more depressing for the fact that U of T is in the top ten employers on the Sunshine List. Do something else if you can.

    Advice to Management

    Eventually, either through students wondering why their fees are so high when salaries are so low, or through taxpayers wondering why they are supporting the mass numbers of contract faculty that are forced to go on EI (or OW) yearly, things will have to change. It might look better for you if you can get out in front of it.


  9. "Slow paced"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Not very demanding
    Relaxed environment
    Friendly superiors

    Cons

    Repetive
    Boring
    Not much you can learn

    Advice to Management

    Give more responsibilities to student employees and pay


  10. "Treated Graduate Student Workers Very Badly"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big name, Good libraries, Central location

    Cons

    Funding package is not enough to pay living expenses in Toronto

    Advice to Management

    Listen to teaching assistants as people, not disposable robots


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