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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Training Workshops, helpful staff, good work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Great Professors to work with, well-developed research facilities, excellent work environment (in 32 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. "IT / Systems"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -excellent benefits and a casual working environment

    Cons

    -budget haggling affects projects
    -reactive, not proactive
    -must be a developer, rather than doing the job with off the shelve tools


  2. "tough organization to career advance in"

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

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

    Pros

    academic/educational environment is enjoyable, working with other intellectually curious individuals is always stimulating.

    Cons

    wage is not competitive, lots of contract positions

  3. "Former PhD student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Candidate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - PhD Candidate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exceptionally diverse range of coursework; supervised access to a range of brain imaging hardware and software for analysis; excellent staff to help you along the way.

    Cons

    Really long hours, pay sucks.

    Advice to Management

    White rice and honey isn't an ideal meal plan - pay your students enough to be able to support themselves!


  4. "Teaching Assistant at University of Waterloo"

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

    Pros

    TAing is easy work. Most weeks, you do not work the full 10 hours, but come exam time, expect to take 20 or more hours a week to grade exams and assignments

    Cons

    A TA position is pretty much a scholarship in disguise. The pay is fair, but considering that graduate students do not get a tuition stipend, a lot of the money goes towards tuition, leaving little for rent and food.

    Advice to Management

    A higher pay. No graduate student should have to work two jobs in order to make ends meet while going to school, but I had to.


  5. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    Pros

    -Best place to work
    -Friendly campus
    -Great place to network

    Cons

    I do not really find any cons

    Advice to Management

    Good management, No any cons actually, no advice given


  6. "PhD Candidate"

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

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, Great research environment, Great scholarships

    Cons

    Find a good supervisor before start


  7. "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great research environment and resources.

    Cons

    Expensive parking unless you have a pass.

  8. "techiniian"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A good environment to work. A place to get involved in the exciting technology.

    Cons

    Parking isn't convenient, especially in the cold winter.


  9. "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


  10. "Student Employee- Food Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive Network to help students on campus

    Cons

    Too many people to serve. It can become a bottleneck.

    Advice to Management

    Get more full-time staff


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