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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated 30 October, 2014
Updated 30 October, 2014
187 Reviews
4.2
187 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Great work life balance with flexible hours (in 12 reviews)


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

  • The graduate student offices in Davis Center are rather poor (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Learned a lot; a lot of flexibility; not a lot of work

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    Former Employee - Junior Web Developer in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Junior Web Developer in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    Learned a pretty good amount. I had a lot of flexibility to choose my own projects, choose my own technologies, etc.

    Cons

    I didn't have a whole lot of work to do. I often had to create work to do myself. If you aren't motivated and don't take initiative, you may be bored very often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more work to the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to work with tons of opportunity!

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    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
  3.  

    Student Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    Competitive peers and good academic environment

    Cons

    heavy pressure, heavy work load

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  5.  

    Poor place to look for career progression.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy work, high pay for doing little and little oversight.

    Cons

    Faculty and management are weak and support their weakness. Boring and lame city with little to do. Lots of bragging about the past but little of that translates to your undergraduate, graduate or staff experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be the big kids on the block, you are a mid-level school at best. Success in computer and electrical engineering is not transferred to the rest of the school, recognize that please. The school is average at best with the exceptional math and computer engineering, don't forget they hold up the rest of the school. Stop bragging and actually try to be good at what you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The culture is great

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    Current Employee - Research & Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Research & Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    Working environment is friendly, noting to be stressful about

    Cons

    The pay is not usually high

  7.  

    TA Position

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant

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

    Pros

    The professor I worked with was very helpful in making sure that we (my TA partner and I) stayed within our allotted hours, taking on more work personally to make sure of it.

    Cons

    There was enough work in the course for TAs that we could have benefitted from at least one more TA for the course I worked (technical course). I have it on authority that a similar course in other programs could have up to 5 TAs for the number of students we were responsible for.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good environment. I am glad that I did my degree here

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong research environment, very talented people around.

    Cons

    It is a college town and is an hour drive from Toronto. For people who are focused on research though this is not really a con

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent working environment

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    Current Employee - Grad Student in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Grad Student in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Various opportunities to develop yourself in academia or industry-related projects depending on your area and collaboration of your group and companies. Plus, the working environment is pretty decent and the schedule flexible.

    Cons

    TA opportunities are limited and strongly background oriented. It's not quite possible to apply for a TA position in other department if you've changed your major.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Research assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    Good place to work and improve

    Cons

    nothing to mention here but may be later on

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place for a job

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    Former Employee - Student Access Van Driver in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Student Access Van Driver in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    Lovely atmosphere, very welcoming. I enjoy the neighbor-like feel around the office

    Cons

    Management are a pleasure to work with and are always setting up events to participate in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what ur doing!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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