University of Waterloo
4.1 of 5 146 reviews
uwaterloo.ca Waterloo, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

University of Waterloo Reviews

Updated Mar 19, 2014
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4.1 146 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur

Feridun Hamdullahpur

(53 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "flexible working hours, facilities are advanced"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Very friendly work environment with helpful coworkers"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "As a graduate student in computer science, you will feel that TA task is kind of"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Small city and not very ideal from hard ware engineers"
    in 4 reviews
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Graduate Student (Current Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time for more than a year

ProsRelaxed, lots of learning opportunities

ConsNo pressure, not a lot of salary

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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Very stipulating place to work

Associate Professor (Current Employee)

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

Prosinnovative, creative, good leadership, stimulating, friendly

Conssmaller town, but well within distance from Toronto

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Waterloo

ProsGreat 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Waterloo

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

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

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Great Experience

Research & Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time for more than a year

ProsIt's the best job to support your education

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

Advice to Senior ManagementThey are doing a good job

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place for math and cs study

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementThe management of this university is really good.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Overall a good experience

Graduate Student (Current Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I have been working at University of Waterloo full-time for more than a year

ProsThe 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at University of Waterloo as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThe professors are great supervisors. Very knowledgeable

Consneed more resources in research

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I really enjoyed working at the University of Waterloo

Front Desk Assistant (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at University of Waterloo part-time for more than a year

ProsFlexible, great managers, chances to learn and develop your skills.

ConsAt times not enough hours to work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Analyst (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at University of Waterloo as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat work life balance with flexible hours. Very friendly work environment with helpful coworkers. Support in pursuing additional education within or outside of the university.

Conslimited upward mobility without a lot o areas of progression. Facilities are shared with students, so anything from parking to lunch will be filled with university students.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the high level of flexibility in the work schedule, as it is a major attraction to the current workforce

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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