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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated 26 January, 2015
Updated 26 January, 2015
211 Reviews
4.2
211 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The flexibility is excellent in terms of achieving a work- life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • very reasonable pay, friendly people and work environment (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • The graduate student offices in Davis Center are rather poor (in 6 reviews)

  • while the work load is a little bit heavy, because my supervisor is quite ambitious (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    decent part-time 0pprtunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Desk Assistant in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Front Desk Assistant in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at University of Waterloo part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible work hours
    -Good management team

    Cons

    - Have a better interview/background check on some of the applicants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -keep on doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great undergraduate computer science program.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op Student in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Co-Op Student in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at University of Waterloo part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Waterloo's undergraduate co-op program is very beneficial for computer science students.

    Cons

    The campus is not very aesthetically pleasing, at all. The buildings are so randomly place and most of them are old and hideous, i.e. the one in which I am currently writing this review.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Registrar's Office at uWaterloo

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    Great team to work with, plenty of opportunities to try new functions and move laterally both inside the Registrar's Office and out to other roles on Campus. Leaving by 4:30 almost everyday is a plus.

    Cons

    Hard to move up past around a USG 8 (maybe 10) unless someone vacates their role, and many people are happy to stay in one role for a very long time. Can also be frustrating to deal with all the policies if you aren't used to a highly regulated workplace.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place for graduate studies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Most senior courses don't require a lot of time.
    Intellectually stimulating environment.

    Cons

    you dont always get to choose the courses you TA for.
    Junior courses may have weekly assignments to be marked

    Recommends
  6.  

    Very good.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at University of Waterloo part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxing; Working with nice people

    Cons

    Good communication skills ; Hard to get in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Take advantage of the experience as much as you can

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

    I worked at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities in variety of departments (full-time, part-time);
    Innovative culture throughout;
    Lots of smart people around;
    Many resources for professional development available to students

    Cons

    Nepotism can be an isuse in some groups, as well as people holding onto positions well-beyond their time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working at waterloo

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    learned a lot was able to grow

    Cons

    too much work stressfull bad pay

  9.  

    very good employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at University of Waterloo as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    very reasonable pay, friendly people and work environment.

    Cons

    cannot think of any, it was very good experience!

    Recommends
  10.  

    Front desk assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time

    Pros

    Not very demanding work given

    Cons

    No competition people are too relaxed about their job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent

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

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time

    Pros

    There's lots of room for movement within the university, and the uni is working on increasing internal mobility. Of course, work experiences will vary across departments, but my supervisor in CECA was phenomenal, and the exec worked hard to make communication within a large department (and with staff spread across Canada) work smoothly. Some of the universal pros to working at Waterloo include: absolutely great benefits package, confidential career advising for staff, a staff association advocate, and policies designed to promote professional development. I was impressed that the university seemed to take an arm's length approach to the staff advocate role and career advisor role, instead of trying to make them serve a larger organizational mandate. Many departments seem to have flex time.

    Cons

    As at any university, there can be difficulties bridging the perspectives of staff and faculty. You'll also find the occasional bad apples - and they sometimes stick around, since the university has (good) policies in place to make sure that people are given reasonable coaching rather than prematurely fired. The people I met who seemed dissatisfied with the university as an employer had typically been there since the year dot, and had no points of comparison.

    Recommends

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