University of Toronto Employee Reviews about "work life balance"
87% would recommend to a friend
(152 total reviews)
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Updated Dec 5, 2023
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- "The hourly pay is good and if you were given enough hours it is good pocket money" (in 261 reviews)
- "Stable and good benefit." (in 225 reviews)
- "great community and people to worj with" (in 195 reviews)
- "Flexible hours as your supervisor is aware that you're a student and is very accommodating of your schedule." (in 164 reviews)
- "Provides a good work environment" (in 87 reviews)
- "the salary is low but the living cost in Toronto is too high" (in 140 reviews)
- "Poor management; Lack of structure; No guidance; Lack of advancement in position" (in 31 reviews)
- "Lack of communication from the management is frustrating." (in 17 reviews)
- "Too much office politics and internal conflicts" (in 14 reviews)
- "Very large organization sometimes hard to navigate multitude of cultures across departments" (in 7 reviews)
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- 4.0May 26, 2022Web DeveloperCurrent Employee, more than 3 years
- Good work and life balance -Pressure-free and friendly environment
-Less communication from higher management -Fewer growth opportunities
- 4.0Mar 13, 2017Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
autonomy, good working conditions, friendly atmosphere, good team dynamic. I enjoyed my role overall it was highly social and allowed for good work/life balance.
The role at times could be a bit narrow in terms of responsibility and there wasn't any room for innovation or out of the box thinking.
- 5.0Feb 12, 2023Senior Research AssociateCurrent Employee
Great benefits and training opportunities. Great work and life balance
It depends on the role, some of the roles might not be a permanent offer
- 4.0Jan 9, 2015PhD Candidate (Industrial Engineering)Current Employee, more than 5 yearsToronto, ON
Recognized throughout the world, UofT is a great place to conduct research. You interact with bigwigs in your discipline and have the chance to make a global impact. There are great student support structures (you just have to seek them out) and the career office is doing a lot better about connecting students to jobs. They even conducted some sessions with phds outside of academia, becoming more and more a reality by the day. Depending on your supervisor you can have a great work/life balance or a frustrating one. Also, depending on your own dedication and work ethic it can take variable amount of time to finish and there may be extenuating circumstances that can affect how long you stay in the graduate degree (marriage, family commitments, change in research, etc.). Finally, the benefits packages are pretty good you have a decent amount of coverage and a spending account (if you do TA work or teaching) that you can put toward major purchases (glasses, contacts, dentist, etc.)
The payment scale is pretty bad. Especially compared to the real world. Most students and post-docs are paid below the poverty line and have to supplement their income with TAships or instructor positions if you can find one or contracts outside of the university. The career outlook for students in academia is not very good. We have an overabundance of highly educated people with no place for them to work. A lot of phds are entering the industry instead of academic gigs because the payment scale is much better and there are opportunities. On the industry side they have no idea how to use PHD level researchers nor how valuable our skills can be so the payment scales don't always match up. Sometimes it takes some convincing on your part.