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Updated November 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Training Workshops, helpful staff, good work-life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Great Professors to work with, well-developed research facilities, excellent work environment (in 33 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. "Low Income for research assistant"

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    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


  2. "UW insider"

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    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

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

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    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.


  4. "Pros and Cons"

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    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. "Not Worth it !"

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    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.


  6. "Research Assistance"

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    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


  7. "An OK place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    good reputation in Canada, good programs in cs and math

    Cons

    Too many self-important people, too many over-paid professors who barely do any work.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your student, not only their money, and hire more devoted professors who can DO their jobs, not just TALK a lot all day.

  8. "Not a good place to work as TA or RA"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    nothing, my peers are very good

    Cons

    No appreciation, less pay and too much work load not divided equally among staff of same level

    Advice to Management

    Should deal each department on same level


  9. "Not worth the effort"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some very talented undergraduates. Job hours are quite flexible. Cost of living is quite low.

    Cons

    Colleagues are very unfriendly. Compensation is mediocre, and not merit-based. Difficult to recruit good graduate students.


  10. "Typical Government - entitled staff, no desire to achieve or provide good service"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Student energy, ability to shine with a little effort, campus is a self contained city with amenities, educational opportunities

    Cons

    tenured staff and long time employees who never work above and beyond, dated IT, mindset that "nobody is as complicated or understands what we do here", 9-5 Monday to Friday attitude in IT

    Advice to Management

    revamp, get rid of old school mindset, invest in technology


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