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York University Reviews

Updated December 11, 2016
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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. "unwelcome change in culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at York University full-time

    Pros

    Good programs for students, Stuctured work hours,Good dental and extended health benefits, a few good dedicated workers and colleagues

    Cons

    Micro management style or lack of leadership and supprt, too much Bureaucracy abuse of power and resources, compromise quality to meet profit margins

    Advice to Management

    Change your perspective for direction, work collaborativly with unions, Appreciate good workers


  2. "Office Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - convenience of working in a university environment while attending school.
    - close knit culture
    - good entry level experience

    Cons

    - full time roles are difficult to secure by contract employees

    Advice to Management

    - need to place greater emphasis on productivity


  3. "Financial Assistnace"

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

    Pros

    The staff is nice and very knowledgeable when it comes to helping students for academic or financial issues.

    Cons

    Little to none for career advancement. Promotions will occur if one of the staff quits, but working at Osgoode is one of those for-life careers, where no one ever leaves because the pay is too good and the job is simple enough.


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  5. "Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Unmatched Excellent Benefits (Dental, Vision, Medical, Para-medical, Naturopath, Chiropractor, Physio just to name a few)
    Free tuition for employee and dependents
    Vacation Increase depending on years of service
    3 Personal Days off per year
    Sick days

    Cons

    It's hard to find certain pockets/units within the university where your core values align with your team.

    The hard-working work harder and disengaged employees sometimes get away with doing the bare minimum due to the unionized environment.

    Career Progression / Promotion is challenging as you have to compete for your own role with other union members that have greater seniority. Seniority takes precedence over initiative, performance track and contribution sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the strong members of your team through compensation or mentorship into a leadership track.

    Lead by example.

    Have honest conversations with your team and create as many opportunities for your team to see you as a leader/mentor to create a sense of safety and belonging.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lab managing at York"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Manager
    Current Employee - Lab Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lot's of funding for research.

    Cons

    A large bureaucratic institution that makes it difficult to make an impact/get things done. Not very open to change. Very poor employee benefits, with an incredibly convoluted submission system


  7. "Helpdesk technician"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great way to get into the tech industry with little to no prior experience
    some growth opportunities
    feeling like god when you solve a problem the first couple months

    Cons

    the job quickly became my life and identity even outside of when I was working. No growth or even verbal praise when one does things exceptionally. Very discouraging for hard workers.

    Advice to Management

    Give more learning opportunities to students who don't know as much as others


  8. "If you want to 9 to 5 it for the long haul, this is for you!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at York University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment with good people, good benefits and work/ life balance. If you stick with it for the long haul and don't mind a punch in punch out mentality an early and well compensated retirement awaits.

    Cons

    Little emphasis on talent development and cumbersome institutional procedures often make for VERY convoluted outcomes to many situations. Some decision makers really should not be in the positions they are in...

    Advice to Management

    Focus on talent development. Implement new ideas and work on properly utilizing resources rather than maintaining the status quo "because thats just the way it is". Implement systems that allow good ideas to surface


  9. "a ok place for learning new knowledge"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at York University as a contractor

    Pros

    flexible working hours, interesting team members

    Cons

    not a well organized team

    Advice to Management

    trust professinals


  10. "Research Assisstant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get to work with a lot of established and estimable academics. This will help on future job applications. You gain and improve on a lot of essential skills, like collaborating with professionals on projects, professional/business writing, as well as meeting deadlines and attending meetings. Strengthen proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe.

    Cons

    There are times when you will have absolutely no work to do, and you won't have much school work either. There are also times when the work becomes very repetitive and tedious. There are times when there will be an inconveniently high work load, along with your school work load.

    Advice to Management

    The management should be more friendly towards employees, less intimidating and more approachable. However, overall, it was a great experience. I like that the employees are empowered to manage themselves for the most part.


  11. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good and helpful staff, variety of courses and options

    Cons

    some courses needs to be improved



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