University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated 19 April 2015
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  1. Front desk assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not very demanding work given

    Cons

    No competition people are too relaxed about their job

  2. Very good.

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Relaxing; Working with nice people

    Cons

    Good communication skills ; Hard to get in

    Advice to Management

    Nothing

  3. Take advantage of the experience as much as you can

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities in variety of departments (full-time, part-time);
    Innovative culture throughout;
    Lots of smart people around;
    Many resources for professional development available to students

    Cons

    Nepotism can be an isuse in some groups, as well as people holding onto positions well-beyond their time.

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  5. very good employer

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    Current Intern - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Research Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    very reasonable pay, friendly people and work environment.

    Cons

    cannot think of any, it was very good experience!

  6. Excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    There's lots of room for movement within the university, and the uni is working on increasing internal mobility. Of course, work experiences will vary across departments, but my supervisor in CECA was phenomenal, and the exec worked hard to make communication within a large department (and with staff spread across Canada) work smoothly. Some of the universal pros to working at Waterloo include: absolutely great benefits package, confidential career advising for staff, a staff association advocate, and policies designed to promote professional development. I was impressed that the university seemed to take an arm's length approach to the staff advocate role and career advisor role, instead of trying to make them serve a larger organizational mandate. Many departments seem to have flex time.

    Cons

    As at any university, there can be difficulties bridging the perspectives of staff and faculty. You'll also find the occasional bad apples - and they sometimes stick around, since the university has (good) policies in place to make sure that people are given reasonable coaching rather than prematurely fired. The people I met who seemed dissatisfied with the university as an employer had typically been there since the year dot, and had no points of comparison.

  7. Graduate Student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Waterloo part-time

    Pros

    Great department and full of support

    Cons

    To be successful in your study at University of Waterloo, trying to get support from your classmates and professors as much as possible is very critical.

  8. Very nice experience overall

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    Former Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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

  9. University of Waterloo welcomes to all enthusiastic students, educators and researchers.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    University of Waterloo is a dynamic research-based University. It offers many things to learn and to do. A friendly educational environment and work place that brings you close to the feeling that you are at home.

    Cons

    I cannot think of cons.

  10. 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!

  11. TA experience

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    Current Contractor - Research & Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Research & Teaching Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Waterloo as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well paid and get to work with subject experts

    Cons

    Sometimes courses are poorly organized and increases TA overload

    Advice to Management

    Nil

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