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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur
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Pros
  • Training Workshops, helpful staff, good work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Great Professors to work with, well-developed research facilities, excellent work environment (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary is not very high but I guess this is the same for all graduate students in all universities :) (in 12 reviews)

  • Not easy to find work life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great experience!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Pay you enough for the work you do. Average payment for 5 hours a week and average of $2,800 a term (4 months).

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.


  2. "Research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Briarcliff Manor, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Briarcliff Manor, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Waterloo (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment for a graduate student. Faculties are nice to work with.

    Cons

    Don't see any down sides.

  3. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Accountant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work place environment. Good place to learn new skills

    Cons

    None that i can see. Great place to work

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Post-doctoral Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodstock, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodstock, MO

    I worked at University of Waterloo (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Able to work independently in the research project.
    Relative good salary for the post-doc level.

    Cons

    Can´t think of any. Post-doc experience varies too much.

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved in the initial stages after anyone has started working.


  5. "Great work environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Waterloo in a great city to live, safe environment, nice people.

    Cons

    Staff working in ECE department are the worst ever ones I have seen in my entire life. A bunch of old ladies who think don't respect other employees and students.


  6. "Teaching Assistant"

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

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time

    Pros

    Good pay for total number of hours done

    Cons

    Work can come all at once


  7. "Graduate research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    very good environment to work in

    Cons

    I cant think of any cons

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    High education level and friendly environment

    Cons

    Low pay, very low, very


  9. "Inscitias et Mediocritas."

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

    Pros

    Eternally funded benefits, if you can get em.

    Cons

    I'm not sure UW has a latin slogan: that seems to be a thing of the past, but if they needed one to describe and prevailing culture of University leadership, look no further than the title of this review. While the institution itself has an incredible reputation for innovation in engineering and computing, it's a miracle of modern management that this place manages to function.

    Advice to Management

    Reboot.


  10. "Good place to do research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great faculties, flexible hours, the university is located in a scenic place, people in the administrative sections are very amazing. Generally very positive experience about the non-academic life. Transportation is very good.

    Cons

    Not much exposure to update ourselves in our fields, not much cultural activities in the city.


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