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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated 18 November, 2014
Updated 18 November, 2014
197 Reviews
4.2
197 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.  

    Fantastic!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    I have learned lots of stuff here!

    Cons

    Always have some work to do!

  2.  

    Very nice experience overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON

    I worked at University of Waterloo as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Good Teaching Assistant salary, enough money for graduate students in addition with Research Assistantships
    - Great communication and cooperation between the TA team and course instructor; very good flexibility in case one TA is not able to attend his session due to unseen circumstances.

    Cons

    - You will have to work very hard and keep polishing your concepts to satisfy intellectual demands of the students
    - sometimes issues with setting up of meeting times with the students

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great people to work with!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in duties and timings
    Well paid
    Easy work
    Get to work with professors

    Cons

    No promotion opportunities for teaching assistant position
    Marking papers is sometimes boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward good TAs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Research Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo as an intern

    Pros

    Intellectual autonomy, fantastic peer group

    Cons

    Weather is suboptimal, town is a bit dull

  6.  

    Typical Government - entitled staff, no desire to achieve or provide good service

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Waterloo, ON

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Student energy, ability to shine with a little effort, campus is a self contained city with amenities, educational opportunities

    Cons

    tenured staff and long time employees who never work above and beyond, dated IT, mindset that "nobody is as complicated or understands what we do here", 9-5 Monday to Friday attitude in IT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    revamp, get rid of old school mindset, invest in technology

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

    Center for Extended learning

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    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, no pressure, no deadlines, chilled out, great work culture

    Cons

    Repetitive and boring work, not the best place to grow,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Teaching Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was offered the position because I was a masters student, pretty flexible hours and not too demanding, gained a lot of experience working in conjunction with undergraduate students

    Cons

    I think the pay was a bit low for a TA in comparsion to other TA positions available at other schools, we didn't really get any training and were just expected to get right into it, we didn't get any formal feedback either

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should prepare TAs more to teach undergrad students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    everything, people are nice and supportive. people are very supportive, supportive people

    Cons

    boring job, basic pay, minimum wage, doing this to fill the rview not much career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

  10.  

    Great school great support

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    top research scientists, excellent teachers and programs in mathematics

    Cons

    not enough career help for graduates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good

  11.  

    A great place to work with tons of opportunity!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's like a small city. You can work in student focused roles, support positions, Athletics, retail, foodservice. It's fantastic for people with varied career interests
    Campus has everything you would want at a job location (food, gym, bank, healthcare etc)
    Generous Defined Benefit Pension Plan
    Free tuition for staff, discounted tuition for dependents of staff
    job security

    Cons

    Salaries are typical of public-sector roles, below what you could make outside
    Things can move at a pretty slow pace, things are discussed in a very collaborative manner before decisions are made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to train your Managers on leadership skills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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