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Updated August 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible work environment, warm colleagues (in 24 reviews)

  • Great Work/Life Balance for employees (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay for the hours, mostly covers tuition to the program but not enough if you want to eat or pay rent (in 10 reviews)

  • Part time, I have not had any bad experiences (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "eServices @ Yorku"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at York University (More than a year)

    Pros

    little supervision, flexible part time hours, nice manager, general autonomy

    Cons

    -low pay
    -menial work
    -no room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Give us more to do, you hired us after passing a computer hardware related interview, yet the work was just patrolling labs and closing it on time.


  2. "Operations Manager"

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    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good employee benefits and pension plan

    Cons

    Managers are unfortunately overworked and burn out quickly. Very difficult to manage unionized staff, due to hostile nature of unions.

    Advice to Management

    Get tougher with hostile unions and look for ways to support overworked managers. The institution needs overhaul of outdated systems and processes.

  3. "Decent teaching gig"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at York University as a contractor

    Pros

    Great students, good team of instructors and admin support is good.

    Cons

    Little security: even if you are the best instructor, there is no guarantee you will be asked again to teach.


  4. "Sessional teaching"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Contractor - Seasonal Course Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Seasonal Course Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    CUPE 3903 is a strong union and offers the most competitive salary and benefits package for contract faculty among all of the universities in Canada.

    Cons

    Positions for contract faculty are decreasing every year and there is a huge pool of applicants from ever-dwindling contract positions. Employment as contract faculty is extremely insecure and the contracted instructor puts in much more time (especially for syllabus and curriculum design) than she is paid for within the terms of the position contract.


  5. "GAs....be aware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good subject material (it's in your subject area).

    Cons

    Hours are random, dependent on supervisor (in a lot of ways).


  6. "YorkU"

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

    I worked at York University full-time

    Pros

    Good colleagues and office staff. Great teaching opportunity.

    Cons

    Low pay for the hours, only covers tuition for the program.


  7. "TA"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at York University as a contractor

    Pros

    -Great mentorship opportunities with professors

    Cons

    No benefits - limited opportunity to progress

  8. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at York University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Goof pay, and the benefits are great

    Cons

    A lot of preventative work


  9. "good starting role"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at York University part-time

    Pros

    This is something to put on your resume and earn a little cash on the side.

    Cons

    Professors can be lackadaisical in their approach to student development.


  10. "grad school research and TA positions"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at York University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Grad school is intense and requires an inner strength and good organizational skills, but advances your career enormously

    Cons

    look for the strong lab with the strong leader, a good indication is a number of publications and grad students graduated. also, pay attention to how fast PhDs are graduated in this lab and what are their future achievements/ credentials.. Linkedin them! some students sitting in the program for 6-7 yrs.. not fair and not a good sign...

    Advice to Management

    reduce the buracracy and multiple useless staff positions pay attention to what ppl saying about the courses and the particular profs. educate your staff about that some grad courses should be brought to the appropriate GRAD level. good examples of integrated multi-instructor grad courses could be found at UofT


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