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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated 16 August, 2014
Updated 16 August, 2014
171 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on your boss, flexible hours/time in lieu (in 12 reviews)

  • Very friendly work environment with helpful coworkers (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Research Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Professional working spirit and nice environment

    Cons

    Not enough open minded and not many opportunities

  2.  

    Satidfied

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON

    Pros

    Challenging and innovative academic environment

    Cons

    Can't tell for now wwwwwwwwwwwww

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management staff have to be on the same page.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    decent place to be

    Current Employee - Researcher  in  Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Researcher in Waterloo, ON

    Pros

    more advanced areas of research are being introduced to the university research agenda

    Cons

    I love the University of Waterloo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep going

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    Graduate Student

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

    Pros

    Relaxed, lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    No pressure, not a lot of salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A great place to work, but there's a bit of a double standard on innovation.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment. Friendly staff across campus. Easy to network. Very supportive of learning opportunities on the job, and of ways to progress throughout the university.

    Cons

    Very entrenched in bureaucracy and tradition. It can sometimes feel like there is competition between the older staff who have worked at Waterloo for years, and the new younger staff who are trying to push the university into the 21st century.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You say you want innovation, so support it when someone presents you with it. Let go of tradition and history and try something new.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very stipulating place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Professor
    Current Employee - Associate Professor

    Pros

    innovative, creative, good leadership, stimulating, friendly

    Cons

    smaller town, but well within distance from Toronto

  8.  

    Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing grad students and professors to work with who want to see you grow.

    Cons

    You won't get amazing hours it's just a part-time opportunity and can take up more time than you might expect.

  9.  

    Great Experience

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

    Pros

    It's the best job to support your education

    Cons

    Some times it becomes really hectic especially if you are doing research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing a good job

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place for math and cs study

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

    Pros

    Math and computer science are famous, and engineering is also a big and famous department.

    Cons

    As a graduate student in computer science, you will feel that TA task is kind of ... to much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management of this university is really good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall a good experience

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

    Pros

    The university is highly regarded in Computer Science and pays well compared to most other universities in Canada.
    The graduate student residences are quite nice for what you pay.

    Cons

    - The graduate student offices in Davis Center are rather poor. Most of the offices don't have windows and get poor airflow. They also cram too many people into each office.
    - Expense reports are a pain to file. Finance requires too much documentation. The amount of paper that they waste is ludicrous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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