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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated February 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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work, learned a lot.

    Cons

    cannot think of any cons.


  2. "Quality of work"

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

    Pros

    Working as a teaching assistant at UW is great. Beside its great pay, you can learn lots of interesting topics from the talented students of UW.

    Cons

    The only downside of working in UW, is the high workload.


  3. "Administration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Students are passionate and enjoy getting involved

    Cons

    Salaries are far below industry average, and management needs to be revisited.


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    "University of Waterloo"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    Diverse group of people, lots of interesting events happening on campus. If you are into life long learning, the tuition benefit is nice.

    Cons

    The university is decentralized, which at times makes it hard to find the right people to approach in your day-to-day work. At times this also leads to people not wanting to make a 'call' on a question.

    Compensation seems fair, but at times its hard to understand how it is determined.

    There appears to be a bit of a glass ceiling for staff who do not have a Masters degree.

    Some staff report to faculty, which can be an issue as the faculty members are not full time 'managers' and lack training or understanding of how to best support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Do a compensation review and support non-academic staff who report to faculty by ensuring faculty has management training.


  6. "Research Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good place to work

    Cons

    The salary is not great


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to participate in research projects and to know professors

    Cons

    The compensation was not great


  8. "Chemistry Lab assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong chemistry department, faculties and staff

    Cons

    Most of the positions are given internally.


  9. "Bubble Tea Artisit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun environment
    Great Team
    Free Drink per shift

    Cons

    There's really nothing bad to say about it

    Advice to Management

    Manager is really nice and understanding, there's really nothing bad to say about it


  10. "Awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RA/TA
    Former Employee - RA/TA

    Pros

    Nice working environment. Nice city. Very research oriented

    Cons

    I didnt find anything bad


  11. "Good university"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well balanced culture, understanding of obligations with personal life

    Cons

    Can't come up with any



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