Assistant Manager -Centro@Commons, La Piazza (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 16 December 2016
Learned an incredible amount about managing multi tiered unionized workforce. Had some amazing experiences. Opportunity to work in a variety of food service operations. Served anywhere from 100-5000 transactions per day. Multi-million dollar operations.
One in a lifetime experiences
Long Hours. High Management turnover--13 in 15 months.
McMaster Altitude Program Senior Leader (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 26 September 2016
I worked during my time as a student. It had extremely flexible hours, but there was little opportunity for promotion, or raises. While well managed, there were a variety of levels of workers that you'd be working side by side with.
Free Lunches, Good Working Atmosphere, Flexible Hours and Time Off
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 22 January 2017
I was overall satisfied with my job and salary.I have worked both as Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant in McMaster. The Research Assistant job gave me a lot of exposure on my filed of interest and the Teaching Assistant job helped me teach students and brush up my basics.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 31 October 2016
Working as a research assistant in Rehablitation Science department was a good opportunity for me to get involved in the clinical research field. From data collection to the final thesis paper writing, I finished all the procedure by myself. My thesis is a motion analysis project. I have learned a motion analysis software, Dartfish, to extract body movement from a two dimensional video. For the data analysis, both Stata and SPSS have been used. Additionally, all memebers in my research group communicated quite well during the project. We enjoyed the moment when we solved diffcult question together.
Self learning, productive
Everything should be accomplished by myself. Too much pressure.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 2 June 2016
I used to love working at McMaster University. The staff was valued and felt that they contributed to the success of the department - then the management in the department changed and it became a job. We weren't valued, We didn't feel we mattered, and bullying took place. And the union was next to useless.
From the perspective of an Undergrad Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistant (TA) (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 3 February 2017
In both cases was able to keep good relations with Teaching Assistants. Colleagues are typically nice. Supervisor was reasonable in both cases. Good way to get a reference when you graduate.
Easier to work and study full-time when you are closer to school. Can become difficult to TA when taking 6-7 courses per semester, especially when you have assessments with little time given (take home tests, for example).
Graduate Student (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 12 July 2016
I have had the privilege of being a TA for an Engineering Design course and a biomechanics course in Mcmaster University. I dearly loved the classroom setting in which I was able to interact with students on a daily basis and assist them in their assignments. The most difficult part of the job had to be preparing a tutorial and the best part was showing up to class and teaching.
Admissions Representative (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 18 January 2017
I enjoyed working on the campus of Mcmaster university. The offices are filled with open, and easy to work with people and they have a great sense of community. the work load was also reasonable and enjoyable, considering the potentially repetitive nature of the data entry position.
Event Staff (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 16 January 2017
Event Staff is very welcoming and it is very easy to make personal connections with top managers. The hardest part of the job however, was dealing with disgruntled customers. It is a very fun environment that every individual would love to be apart of.
Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 11 January 2017
Working in the research labs at the university, you have access to a wide range of facilities and have many opportunities to work collaborative on projects with individuals from different research groups.
M.A.Sc Mechincial Engineering (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 6 November 2015
While grad studies is always a difficult endeavour McMaster university chooses to make it harder by having incredibly poor wages (bairly livable in Hamilton). This is countered by the reasonable benefits, which are far in excess of most other universities. However these benefits are being compromised by poor management and stagnant wages. As of right now all the medical benefits were on the cutting block due to stagnant student wages.
Furthermore if you are not industrially funded you will be unlikely to get a position. And even still the university is taking the lion's share of the money and the students are living below their means.
This system is not sustainable and labour action is inevitable. Now the conservative government no longer forcing favourable arbitration decisions on the union, it is unlike the university can continue.
flexible hours, good benifits, excellent relationship oppritunities
poor wages, inappropriate student work envirorments, poor support strucuture benifits going to get cut