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Updated March 8, 2017
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  • Work life balance may be difficult (in 11 reviews)

  • Though the hourly rate is quite high, unfortunately we are not offered too many working hours due to the visa limit for international students (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Teacher Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Enjoyed time there"

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

    Pros

    There are good benefits and people are nice.

    Cons

    Housing in the area is very expensive.


  3. "Grad Student"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Toronto full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a really great place for science grad school with lots of very smart people and access to everything you need to do good research.

    Cons

    If your experience/research is atypical, i.e. doesn't fit into a specific and typical category you may have challenges finding employment. If typical job descriptions don't exactly match what you did during your research you may have problems.

    Advice to Management

    For the love of all that is holy, help science grad students find jobs. Law school has internships that often lead to employment and certainly provide contacts/networking and experience. Med school has practical placements. Science for some reason is a professional field where there is absolutely no assistance transitioning from academics to the real world. In fact, internships and outside experience are often discouraged by publication hungry advisors. Any time spent outside of the lab hurts your advisors productivity. Being in the academic bubble for 5 years and then trying to break out with no experience, and having no mentors with experience outside of academics, is so very hard. I've seen friends in law school and medicine just walk into positions straight after graduation because of internships, summer work programs, or placements. No such luck for scientists.


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  5. "Friendly people but loads of inefficiencies and complete lack of innovation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Toronto part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Especially good that you are surrounded by students or alumni that care for UofT

    Cons

    No way to recommend something as everything has been planned for the year ahead and you are no one to have a say

    Advice to Management

    Have more brainstorming sessions with students that work for you to realize what will actually be beneficial for them instead of assuming


  6. "It was fun experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great research university, big city, decent pay, opportunity to help teach hundreds of students across all diversity, good opportunity to do research.

    Cons

    Sometimes the content is very challenging, sometimes hard to keep a good life/work balance, students do not always show up to office hours and require help near important dates


  7. "teaching assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant

    I worked at University of Toronto (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -good pay
    -intensive three hours in the lab each week

    Cons

    -it would be better if there are more TAs for each lab


  8. "Chemistry Lab TA"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at University of Toronto as a contractor

    Pros

    when I had a good lab coordinator I had the freedom to teach the students and manage my lab group the way I want. and they were there for me whenever I needed help.
    It was fun helping first year students to learn about chemistry and learn basic concepts

    Cons

    Sometimes it is hard for a grad student who has courses and research to do to commit a lot of time to TAing especially when you have to TA many groups in one semester.


  9. "Research Analyst"

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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

    -ability to work on multiple projects at once and have ownership of your work.

    Cons

    -not a friendly environment
    -not a team environment since working directly with your manager


  10. "Student Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    University has a great reputation and worldwide recognition
    Professors are extremely knowledgable in their respective field

    Cons

    Workload can be quite overwhelming, especially to First Year Students


  11. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time

    Pros

    prepares for future profession and work place

    Cons

    a lot of work must be done to get degree



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