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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Environment, Good Work Life Balance, More Co-ops (in 18 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and courses were generally easy to tutor (in 31 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. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a great place to acquire Postdoctoral Research experience

    Cons

    Not a long term option to work here as a Research Associate. HR team not very well connected


  2. "employee experience varies widely among areas"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    job security, a few decent leaders among the incompetent ones

    Cons

    clueless old white men with tech backgrounds running things

  3. "Professor"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    exciting, positive place, lots going on, management has both personal touch and strategic vision

    Cons

    hard to take vacation, slow bureaucracy. Hr not connected

    Advice to Management

    sort out work life balance


  4. "Library Technician"

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

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice peers, interesting work

    Cons

    Busy, low pay, no help with work at most of the times

    Advice to Management

    Provide more help to new workers


  5. "Computer only and Financial burden for average graduate students"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good name and higher chance for getting a job if you work in Computer related discipline.

    Good facility and connections with the industry

    Cons

    Suffer from increasing tuition fee.

    If you are doing traditional science, go to schools that have more legacy.

    New buildings don't seem to help with graduate level research


  6. "postdoctoral research associate"

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    good environment, good people to work with

    Cons

    organization is terrible, you can not get anything done and no staff cares about your presence in university.

    Advice to Management

    take people and position more seriously.


  7. "Research associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Not a long term option.

  8. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Environment, Good Work Life Balance, More Co-ops

    Cons

    Lesser Research Facilities Compared to Ivy League Schools, Less Options in Graduate Courses

    Advice to Management

    Please do more orientation sessions and Industry connections programs in areas other than Computer Science.


  9. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible, room to move around

    Cons

    frustrating to move projects forward. red tape


  10. "PDF Waterloo"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice campus, nice people, nice pizza

    Cons

    Killer geese patrolling the streets


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