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University of Toronto Reviews

Updated April 27, 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. "Reviers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    has a great environment for student and it helps create an area where they are pushed in order to succeed and do the best that they can

    Cons

    costs obviously are a downside with any other school. the size of the school is also a downside to most people anyways but it depends on their own taste

    Advice to Management

    Good job and obviously just do the best that you guys can with the resources that you are provided by the public and the country


  2. "Grad Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You'll be doing some interesting research

    Cons

    The financial compensation is not great


  3. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    freedom, flexibility, not over-burdened with committee work

    Cons

    large university where you can feel lost. Commuting time to outer campuses is brutal


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    "Teaching Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The hourly pay is quite high compared to other universities or graduate programs. It's a relatively easy way to finance education.

    Cons

    The overall experience largely depends on which professor you TA for. If you get a nice professor, then the experience can be easy and fun. Otherwise, ...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Try to ensure that professors' demands stay within the TA job descriptions. Training sessions were informative.


  6. "Grad Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I got to work on projects of my own making for five years, what's not to like?

    Cons

    You're a grad student, everything you've heard is probably accurate. The hours are long, the pay is awful, but you get a PhD out of the deal.

    Advice to Management

    This is academia, it's kind of an internship. I don't really expect much more than I got


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  8. "great company to work for. I like it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    office hours are flexible and culture is great.

    Cons

    nothing in particular that comes to mind.


  9. "It was fun experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  10. "Great Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Toronto full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High powered placed with great ppl and looks of resources.

    Cons

    Postdocs are not considered "employees" officially so its like you are doing contract work. This may of changed since this review has been posted.
    Taxes are not automatically withdrawn and you have negotiate and figure out health benefits (other than OHIP).


  11. "Graduate student career development in Biochemistry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Toronto full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities for development (professional and skills-based). While the student stipend is limited in relation to cost of living, it's possible to graduate with a Master's or PhD without debt (tuition and living).

    Cons

    Some tenured professors are not invested in teaching and mentorship, as is usual for large universities and labs. There is little oversight for treatment of post-docs, as well.

    Advice to Management

    Post-doc association and/or ombudsperson.


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