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York University Teaching Assistant Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible work environment, warm colleagues (in 23 reviews)

  • Work life balance depends entirely on departments, supervisors, assignments (in 10 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 8 reviews)

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

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research and Teaching Assistant in North York, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research and Teaching Assistant in North York, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employee Benefits are very good if you are a full-time employee.

    Cons

    Beurocracy. You have to push for everything here.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce unnecessary bureaucracy.


  2. "Great opportunity!"

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    Former Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent staff/faculty/professors to work with, good hours, excellent pay

    If you get a great professor to work with it can make a huge difference on your experience

    Cons

    - the new funding model only allows graduate students (Masters) to work a .5 contract so you can only work for one semester
    - the offices provided to TA's are shared and have strict rules and guidelines that can make it a little frustrating


  3. "Decent Place to work"

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

    I worked at York University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Hours were not bad
    -Decent Pay

    Cons

    -Things happened slowly
    -Some courses that needed marking did not have well defined structure


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  5. "Teaching assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    the pay are high
    they always help me get some courses to teach

    Cons

    sometimes, they assign some ta to the courses whichhe or she are not familiar about


  6. "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


  7. "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.


  8. "Teaching Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at York University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - great courses; can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience

    Cons

    - bureaucracy; the university is tough to deal with, frequent pay issues


  9. "Great Work Enviroment"

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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

    I worked at York University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co workers, smart, hard working, everyone there was there to work hard and put out the best work avaiable. Great research and inspiration to be around

    Cons

    sometimes disorganized, examinations rooms were sometimes booked incorrectly which was a pain. But other than that I have very limited critiscm

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. It's a great university to work at and people seem to be dedicated and willing to go the extra mile to ensure excellence


  10. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Economics Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Economics Teaching Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at York University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Payments and amazing experience

    Cons

    Professors are not enough wise


  11. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant and Statlab Tutor in North York, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant and Statlab Tutor in North York, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at York University (More than a year)

    Pros

    A type of Scholarship

    Cons

    Limited offers for international students