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York University Toronto Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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Toronto, ON (Canada)

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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. "Not many chances of professional improvement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Student Peer Advisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Student Peer Advisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and casual- just like a family.

    Cons

    But not many of them are competent and strong leaders. There's not much room to grow both professionally and personally.

    Advice to Management

    More benefits and opportunities for advancement.


  2. "Great company before union busting"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits

    Get to work with professors on different kinds of projects from actual research, to editing reports, documents and other work

    Cons

    Low pay for the hours, mostly covers tuition to the program but not enough if you want to eat or pay rent.

    Advice to Management

    Union busting the past year with the fellowship is low, give students better benefits to pay into if anything else, or raise the requirements on GAships so students can be paid a fair wage and go to school.


  3. "Parking Control Officer"

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    Current Employee - Student Parking Control Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student Parking Control Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    - Amazing job for a student
    - Good Compensation
    - Excellent Team Members

    Cons

    - Ridiculous Management
    - Stubborn Supervisors


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  5. "Course Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Course Director ESL/ESD in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Course Director ESL/ESD in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome pay. Great students and super management.

    Cons

    Not really any cons except for no real improvement.


  6. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager (Non Academic) in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager (Non Academic) in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You have access to great benefits, all considered it is a decent salaries and predictable work that doesn't change too quickly in its form.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to be able to progress and move to a different department as the university is pretty siloed - Slow growth opportunities


  7. "Exams and midterm invigilator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Invigilator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Invigilator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy, very flexible, just pick up shifts as you please, no interview process, room to advance in other office jobs, pays above minimum wage.

    Cons

    Boring, standing for long hours.


  8. "Boo!!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IOS Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IOS Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at York University (More than a year)

    Pros

    -if you're a student then get to "live above the shop"
    -slow work pace, if you want that
    -decent pay for amount of work

    Cons

    -bureaucracy, bureaucracy, bureaucracy
    -unmotivated staff
    -politics, more to avoid work

    Advice to Management

    -


  9. "Great opportunity!"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great for Entry Level...but, you quickly learn.."

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    Current Employee - Microcomputer Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Microcomputer Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Good Salary for starting
    -Amazing Benefits.
    -Dress code is casual over most of the campus, (i.e baseball hat, t-shirt, cargo shorts, running shoes without socks)
    -Advanced job listing for internal applicants before it goes external.

    Cons

    -FULL of lazy/overpaid old timers just riding it out until they get to pensions, emphasis on overpaid... ( I'll say it like it IS)
    -Old timers will refuse to write documentation, because they view it as a threat to their job security.
    -Union (YUSA-1) represents everything wrong with unions... pandering to senior employees who pull grievances about simple things like 'wanting to wear sandals" in a role that involves daily heavy lifting. seriously?
    -Management. They complain about budget cuts, while I see their sunshine list salaries going up 5+10% every year.
    -Management technical knowledge is often obsolete, but make decisions without asking employees with more up-to-date knowledge...then blame them when it's not working, so they can have a head on a stick to scapegoat to their director.
    -Too many managers who just routinely attend useless meetings without any common goal but to make themselves look good. There is no unified goal or aim.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead weight, and start from the top managment. A Complete OVERHAUL


  11. "Good partime work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Computing Service Advisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Computing Service Advisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy job that allows you to work based on your school schedule. A lot of general questions from the public so of you know the school you'll be good. Work/Study contract.

    Cons

    Hours can be a little late and the pay could be a little higher. Professors are arrogant and don't like to cooperate.


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