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Updated March 23, 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 10 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 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.


  2. "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.


  3. "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


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  5. "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


  6. "great"

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    culture awesome and people are super nice and respectful. fun team outings, and you dont have to work long hours. great paid holidays and vacations

    Cons

    not very innovative and micro-managing style. people do the same routine over and over again and dont come up with new fun ideas to create marketing buzz around the school.

    Advice to Management

    dont settle.. people are too comfortable in their jobs. make it more competitive in the work place and be innovative like the school says it is. don't only hire recent waterloo grads


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, reasonable benefits, administrative services.

    Cons

    Parking is sparse, ugly campus.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management.


  8. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Waterloo as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Minimal supervision, opportunity for growth, opportunity to be creative in your role

    Cons

    Sometimes, it takes a long time for new ideas to move through the hierarchy before being implemented.


  9. "Great learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great to learn and teach

    Cons

    Lot of tedious work and management


  10. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great profs, helpful and nice

    Cons

    Lots of geese poop everywhere


  11. "Gene 121 Ta"

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    Former Intern - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to have a lot of fun with the first years, and the other TAs. The hours are flexible so you can come in late.

    Cons

    You don't really learn any practical skills. It can get really boring at times. No perks whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have any advice to management. This is a great job for someone on their 2nd or 3rd coop.



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