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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. "Great for grad students"

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo part-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to gain experience lecturing and it certainly beats working minimum wage while attending school

    Cons

    Sessionals and TAs are not unionised as they are in some universities. Variation in salary depending on department.

    Advice to Management

    Consistent payment for all sessionals


  2. "university of waterloo research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very supportive, research focused and positive place to work

    Cons

    do not have any cons

  3. "Grad student"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Lots of talented people
    -Good access to resources
    -Good research reputation
    -Proximity to Toronto
    -Climate (conpared ro rest of Canada)

    Cons

    -Pay is low and tuition fees are high (~$10K/year)
    -Health benefits (specifically vision) are not very good
    -Very ugly campus
    -Too much of an emphasis on turning everything into a product to sell


  4. "Great place to work for coop"

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    Former Employee - Student Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, especially to get some initial coop experience.
    Great management and co-workers
    The position I had as a research assistant had a very flexible schedule so this will vary depending on the role.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind at the moment.


  5. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    OK Pay. Extremely prompt pay cheque.
    Good work ethics.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Often not proportional to pay. However, the benefits are intangible and it pays off on the long run.


  6. "PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, modern facilities, scholarship and grant opportunities

    Cons

    Demanding, high stress, support from administration and professor lacking, difficulty obtaining critical equipment, poor leadership


  7. "Job"

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

    Pros

    Good place to work at , nice people

    Cons

    You need to learn fast paces skills ahead

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  8. "Masters graduate student"

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    Great Electrical and Computer Engineering school

    Cons

    Not easy to find work life balance.


  9. "Great place to learn and work"

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    Current Employee - Systems Integration Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn from experience people and be exposed to different technologies

    Cons

    No major cons on my experience

    Advice to Management

    More coordination between teams


  10. "Research assistant"

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

    Pros

    Worked in a research team held by 2 professors. The professors and PhD students are pretty nice. the working environment is very relaxing.

    Cons

    the weather was not so good


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