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University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated 18 November 2014
Updated 18 November 2014
197 Reviews
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197 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.  

    Great place for a job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Access Van Driver in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student Access Van Driver in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    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
  2.  

    Great undergrad experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at University of Waterloo as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great reputation and great university environment.

    Cons

    School is highly catered to some programs over others, not a problem if you are studying in one of those programs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    High quality

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Waterloo

    Pros

    They provide a good academic environment.

    Cons

    Achieving an outstanding academic status is challenging.

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  5.  

    Grad studies at University of Waterloo

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

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

    Pros

    Depending on the supervisor and department the experience can vary from person to person. You are free to manage your own time and work-hours are flexible. Regardless of details, you can get a good idea of what you would see in an academic environment and whether it is for you or not.

    Cons

    The projects you may work on may not be the best fit for you. There might be personality conflicts with your supervisor. You either try to adjust or change your group.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good team that the team used throughout

    Cons

    Not the greatest technology used here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay... it's been a while since I worked there

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A very good university

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    A lot of intelligent people and professor are here, you can learn a lot in the university

    Cons

    the work is very hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice to management

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great school to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Highly competitive place to do research, best engineering school in Canada and one of the top in the World.

    Cons

    Waterloo as a city is bit remote; however, Kitchener airport being started direct flights to Chicago....it getting better.

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    As far as postdoctoral fellowships go, UW is a good choice

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Reasonable benefit package if you can get a 2 year or more contract. The University has a good reputation.

    Cons

    Postdoctoral fellowships never pay very much. Office space provided was really bad.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Teaching Assistant

    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy Job and Easy Money

    Cons

    Coursework students are not eligible for full time TA

  11.  

    Engineering Student at UW

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Offers a very beneficial co-op/internship program which allows you to gain valuable experience in your field and also graduate debt free.
    Holds high standards for their students in terms of quality of work and academic integrity.
    A few good profs (depends on your learning style).
    Growing rapidly and considered one of the best engineering schools in Canada.
    Plenty of resources available to students.

    Cons

    Most of the buildings are unattractive, poor school-life balance, many of the co-op jobs available are boring (paper work, repetitive, mindless work) but depends on the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more effort into hiring more experienced lecturers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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