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York University Canada Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible work environment, warm colleagues (in 20 reviews)

  • Flexible hours with added benefit of learning a new subject depending on the course (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Relative low pay; not enough professional training (in 7 reviews)

  • No benefits for part time students (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant, Master student"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in North York, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in North York, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice benefits, transportation is relatively easy

    Cons

    A bit far if you live in downtown


  2. "Circulation/Shelving Assistant"

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

    I worked at York University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Part time pay. Less Hassle during the evening shift time

    Cons

    Few Hours. Projects take a toll


  3. "Teaching assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at York University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    very very cool place to work

    Cons

    nothing to say, nice experience


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  5. "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment with a diverse group of people. Great place to work great culture

    Cons

    Location too far from home commute is horrible lots of campus congestion


  6. "Decent Workplace for A Student"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unionized and good health insurance coverage even for international students. Campus style working environment (obviously) so no suits required.

    Cons

    People working in payroll and health insurance department were rude and sometimes unreasonably suspicious of me of trying to scam them when I applied for benefits (YMMV). Ineffective negotiation tactics with union that resulted in long strikes (twice within 10 years).

    Advice to Management

    Don't just walk into the negotiation room and scream no. Every time people go on strike you cave, so show some initiative and avoid the strike next time.


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    "Aim higher. Apply to UofT"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If I'd taken a creative writing class, I might be able to answer this

    Cons

    All management here consists of those who worked the system and bludgeoned their way to a position of significance. They are, without exception, incompetent leaders. They belittle, pass on the boring parts of their own roles, and are unsupportive.

    Advice to Management

    You'll be found out sooner or later, take some free courses


  8. "Good for short term"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in North York, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in North York, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at York University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Open environment
    Friendly people
    Friendly management

    Cons

    Sometimes overworked
    Poor supervisory management


  9. "student - mba"

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    Current Employee - MBA Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - MBA Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at York University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    fantastic atmosphere to work in a diverse setting

    Cons

    none that I can possibly think of

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work !


  10. "Okay place to work, not great school or location"

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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 York University part-time

    Pros

    You are afforded some union benefits depending on your position. The wages are reasonable and they make sure you are trained in safety protocols to cover their butts.

    Cons

    York is another bureaucratic institution, so you know what to expect in terms of treating their students and staff like just numbers and figures. They are trained of treating people ethically, which goes a little overboard and you are left with smiling bosses who will never give you straight answers to anything, and are generally overly sensitive.

    Advice to Management

    Management and support on campus is downright abysmal. You are unable to find any of the help you need without jumping through ten hoops to get there.


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    "PhD Student, RA, TA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - PhD Student, RA, TA in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - PhD Student, RA, TA in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many excellent supervisors. A reputable university. Excellent benefits for teaching assistants. Work life balance depends entirely on departments, supervisors, assignments

    Cons

    The commute to it is horrible. There isn't much of a culture or community on campus. Communication between major stakeholders (Management, unions, faculty) is toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Remember you are not corporate but an academic institution, avoid corporate attitude and language in internal and outside communication.



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