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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  • The pay for international graduate students (TA/RA's) in science programs is way below the living costs published by the university (in 11 reviews)

  • Just the weather at Waterloo is too cold and huge winds blows at this small city (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nothing, only take the offer when you cant find any other coop

    Cons

    low salary
    you have to put in a lot of work to satisfy professors


  2. "Not Worth it !"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provide students with resources they need.

    Cons

    Never do a masters degree unless you want your life to be ruined.

  3. "Nightmare"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Waterloo as a contractor

    Pros

    Wide variety of jobs for students and employees

    Cons

    Contract positions have no security or protection from nightmare abusive managers. Full time positions have draconian condition of having no vacation for the first year. Culture of disregard for the wellbeing of employees in spite of policies that claim to offer protection for employees. This is the definition of an old boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like humans, don't leave so much up to the discretion of the absurdly horrible managers you employ, and either hire less contract positions or extend more protection to contract employees. This institution is stuck in the dark ages and the maddening bureaucracy will keep it there.


  4. "Pros and Cons"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good place for learning
    2. All facilities are available
    3. Learn what you do and learn what you want
    4. Different opportunities to mingle with different cultures

    Cons

    1. No co-ops for grad students
    2. Final exams are a must for courses
    3. Few opportunities for scholarships
    4. Research across departments has to be activated

    Advice to Management

    1. Increase the opportunities for multi-discipline research
    2. Increase the funding opportunities for grad students
    3. Final exams don't have to be obligatory


  5. "Plant Operations, Records Clerk"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Contractor - Records Clerk in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Records Clerk in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Waterloo as a contractor

    Pros

    Getting into the university on a perm contract, if you can.

    Cons

    Very repetitive, not enough work, very strict working conditions, very controlling work environment, very hard to learn new skills in order to develop, stale atmosphere/culture, no positive feedback from management.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more positive work environment where employees are given positive feedback and constructive criticism.


  6. "Poor place to look for career progression."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy work, high pay for doing little and little oversight.

    Cons

    Faculty and management are weak and support their weakness. Boring and lame city with little to do. Lots of bragging about the past but little of that translates to your undergraduate, graduate or staff experience.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be the big kids on the block, you are a mid-level school at best. Success in computer and electrical engineering is not transferred to the rest of the school, recognize that please. The school is average at best with the exceptional math and computer engineering, don't forget they hold up the rest of the school. Stop bragging and actually try to be good at what you do.


  7. "UW insider"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big name just for outsiders

    Cons

    Very low quality campus life.. Low salary for RA/TA ( way lower than minimum published by grad studies for full financial aid).. Low quality research in most cases.. Very unhelpful staff

  8. "Low Income for research assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    active research environment, developing leading edge technology

    Cons

    Low Income for research assistant

    Advice to Management

    The salary for research assistant must be updated with other job positions


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