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York University Reviews

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. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at York University part-time

    Pros

    Great compensation and work life balance

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and bureaucracy


  2. "Don"

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    Former Employee - Don/RA Calumet in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Don/RA Calumet in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at York University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun to spend time with students and encourage participation among everyone. Events were nice to run.

    Cons

    Difficult to set up any form of punishment. Hard to enforce rules due to lack of punishment.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make it less difficult to change policies, and try to enforce them better.

  3. "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


  4. "research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at York University part-time

    Pros

    friendly environment and fair compensation

    Cons

    low chance to get promoted


  5. "Good overall for work/study positions"

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible Hours and understanding staff
    - Post secondary environment can be busy but they do a good job in making sure that you prioritise school first

    Cons

    - Pay is average
    - sometimes the balance can be a struggle but that's not a fault of the administration


  6. "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.


  7. "Enjoyable environment"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

    I have been working at York University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Nice office space
    - Respectful environment

    Cons

    - None as of now

  8. "Part time instructor"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Instructor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    As someone who teaches only a few classes a year, I've enjoyed their motivation, and creative approach, to helping me develop new content that meets the needs of their professional education students. Their use of student evaluations, and adapting to student needs, sets a great standard, for customer service in education. They have equatable policies on intellectual property of curriculum, and overall, their contracts are fair and equatable.

    Cons

    Part time, I have not had any bad experiences. However, in general, many Universities prefer contract work, which can be a trap for some, or a long drawn out struggle for security.

    Advice to Management

    Continue grounding your continuing education in student needs. It's a great approach.


  9. "Good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, especially those related to education

    Cons

    prefer not to answer at present


  10. "grad school research and TA positions"

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    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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