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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
186 Reviews
4.2
186 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.  

    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

    co-op program for undergrads which helps to get hired right after graduation.

    Cons

    graduates studies has less industry experience and less job opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should make a co-op like opportunities for MS and PhD candidates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    entrepreneurship, free to develop idea , heaven from software guys

    Cons

    Small city and not very ideal from hard ware engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more interaction needed with the graduate students not just to there representatives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots to learn

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

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

    Pros

    If you want to work schedule lots of work time, it can be a bit difficult.

    Cons

    Very flexible work schedule which allows to study and work at the same time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    it is a great university ,love it and recommand everyone to join

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    good teachers, good students, good facilities, good enviroment

    Cons

    too much pressure, much harder than other universities,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Does not offer much learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    relatively flexible hours, low stress

    Cons

    little interaction, work gets repetitive

  7.  

    Fantastic employer for students

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, networking opportunities, development encouraged

    Cons

    can be very hierarchical with little transparency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Post Doctoral Fellow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    You have some freedom in performing your research
    You will have very good chance to collaborate with your group mates to produce some good publications

    Cons

    It really and mailnly depends on your supervisor....Some supervisor might force you to stick with his research plan...others might give you some freedom in choosing your research topics....At the end of the day....you will need to produce some good publications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A good experience for those looking to get some experience in education.

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    Former Employee - CS116 Instructional Support Assistant in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - CS116 Instructional Support Assistant in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    Lots of good interaction with professors and students.
    A large community in which an intern can explore the field they think they are interested in with minimal risk.

    Cons

    A bit of a stagnant atmosphere. The university is stuck using very old software solutions that seem to be coded by previous interns. A lot of functionality is unknown to current management, because the people who made the code have left without leaving documentation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Coop at Uwaterloo

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

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

    Pros

    Gives you lots of mentoring and training,
    you can work on campus,
    people working at university are generally nice and conmendating

    Cons

    Most jobs are entry level jobs
    You have to have applied OSAP in order to apply a job on campus
    They just offer some simple jobs for students and there aren't many variaties

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    No Technical Interview

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    Former Employee - Technical Specialist
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist

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

    Pros

    The good thing is that they only look at marks, and responses from behavioural interview questions.

    Cons

    It's only hard when you have a lot of course to take care of.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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