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York University Toronto Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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Toronto, ON, Canada Area (Canada)

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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. "Coordinator"

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

    Pros

    Great environment with a diverse group of people. Great place to work great culture

    Cons

    Location too far from home commute is horrible lots of campus congestion


  2. "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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Aim higher. Apply to UofT"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If I'd taken a creative writing class, I might be able to answer this

    Cons

    All management here consists of those who worked the system and bludgeoned their way to a position of significance. They are, without exception, incompetent leaders. They belittle, pass on the boring parts of their own roles, and are unsupportive.

    Advice to Management

    You'll be found out sooner or later, take some free courses


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  5. "Good for short term"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "student - mba"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MBA Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - MBA Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fantastic atmosphere to work in a diverse setting

    Cons

    none that I can possibly think of

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work !


  7. Helpful (1)

    "PhD Student, RA, TA"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PhD Student, RA, TA in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - PhD Student, RA, TA in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many excellent supervisors. A reputable university. Excellent benefits for teaching assistants. Work life balance depends entirely on departments, supervisors, assignments

    Cons

    The commute to it is horrible. There isn't much of a culture or community on campus. Communication between major stakeholders (Management, unions, faculty) is toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Remember you are not corporate but an academic institution, avoid corporate attitude and language in internal and outside communication.


  8. "Chill place to work at"

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    Current Contractor - Web Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Web Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Unionized workplace means you can almost get away with about everything.
    The pay is good.

    Cons

    There isn't much room to grow, as the older staff doesn't really get canned.
    Lots of office-politics.

    Advice to Management

    Break free of the grip of UIT and make your own systems, you'll be surprised by how satisfied your students and staff will be.


  9. "Okay--- but not fun."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have a TAship the benefits are amazing. $3000 dental and $400 vision plus I've never had to pay for Rx. scripts.

    Cons

    Getting here is horrible. Figuring out how you get paid is a pain, I was never told that my paycheque would be different every term, you need to plan ahead or suffer lack of funds during summer.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be better communication between FGS and individual departments, between FGS and students, and between FGS and CUPE 3903. I take an issue to FGS, they tell me to go to my department, my department will tell me it's FGS. I'm almost tempted to take every issue to CUPE just to get them involved so they can see the amount of time wasted on both parties.


  10. "PASS Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PASS Leader in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - PASS Leader in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience, weekly work, there is no pressure to do it because we are offering tutorials for student

    Cons

    low salary, and some student come to the tutorial are really hard to manage like they are trying to test your knowledge about the whole course


  11. "Assistant Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Assistant Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Assistant Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with great people, variety of work, positive atmosphere

    Cons

    Things seem to take a long time to get from start to finish.



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