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York University Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible work environment, warm colleagues (in 21 reviews)

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

Cons
  • No benefits for part time students (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. "sessional"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Seasonal in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Seasonal in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at York University as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    union - practical and political advocacy

    Cons

    management - exploitation, devaluation of employees - all marketing no substance

    Advice to Management

    hire permanent full time tenure stream with benefits and union representation


  2. "Change Management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at York University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits all around that make up for low pay

    Cons

    No leadership, people are stuck in the 80s...


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. "Co-workers are great, leaders are awful"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at York University as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most co-workers are good, friendly, pull their weight. Very good benefits and strong union support.

    Cons

    Administrative leaders lie and/or change their minds every ten seconds. There are new procedures every year. Very little respect for customer service. Students always seem unhappy to be here. There's some dead wood that needs to be trimmed.

    Advice to Management

    Customer relationships matter. Your students pay your salaries.


  6. "Research Associate"

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Easy access to the workplace.

    Cons

    Very minimal equipment and facilities. Poor management. Very slow functioning and laid back work environment


  7. "can't wait to leave"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Officer
    Current Employee - Research Officer

    Pros

    i really can't think of any

    Cons

    hegemonic, boring, soul-sucking, pointless, mundane


  8. "Student Safety Officer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Student Safety Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Student Safety Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at York University as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good pay for student position

    Cons

    Bad Management as instead of fostering a learning environment rather feed to a toxic culture

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve by training and learning from other industries and implement a friendly work atmosphere. Treat Employees with respect instead of looking down at them.


  9. "Senior Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at York University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Support staff are helpful and pleasant.

    Cons

    Not enough time to develop accounts. You’ll be fired just as sales start to come in.

    Advice to Management

    It is unethical to:
    Charge clients differing amounts for identical services
    Fire AE’s to convert their accounts to non-commissionable house-accounts


  10. "Horrible experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at York University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture in the organization was informal and relaxed environment with good benefits including opportunities for career and academic advancement. Excellent pension scheme.

    Cons

    Very conservative and surprising although innovation was preached their IT infrastructure was poor for the central administration. My attempt to change things were met with strong opposition by some of the senior folks whose knowledge of technology was limited. Some of the infrastructure i recreated during my short term with them are being used long after leaving the organization. I was surprised to observed that a reputable educational institution has very inefficient staff human capital management system and kept inaccurate data that made it nearly impossible to management the function for which i was employed. The hated any collaboration with Unions even if it is for their mutual benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Advice management to get rid of staff who are not willing embrace innovation and technology that is aligned to the university's strategy to attract and retain talents to its administrative staff group.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Dysfunctional organization with poor management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The university has some pockets of great teams and enlightened senior management, but these are the exception.

    Cons

    Poor management driven by self-interest and preservation rather than by delivering high quality education and ancillary services. There are many incompetent middle managers who thrive because they do little and don't expose major dysfunction within the institutions. Students suffer with poor services and often, misinformation that directly impacts their lives. The budget situation is dire - they are facing insolvency in 2017 unless drastic changes are made at the institution.

    Advice to Management

    Replace 90% of your management teams - they are failing the institution.



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