TEACHING ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 1 May 2017
I was an ENG 1 TA, the people I worked with were great and we were treated well by the course instructors. As an ENG 1 TA my job focused on assisting students during AUTODESK labs and marking Autodesk submissions. There aren't a lot of hours but the pay is still pretty decent and that meant I had enough time to keep up with my other courses.
Tutor (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 29 April 2017
McMaster is a really great university. It's not too big but big enough, the faculty is extremely helpful, and the campus itself is pretty beautiful. There are still come buildings that have been on campus since the birth of the Uni. The courses were transparent and if you had any problems, you were able to get in touch with a prof, if not, there were many informed teaching assistants nearby. There are also many extracurricular programs that you can join (whether in sports, or academic, or cultural, etc.).
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Anthropology Department – 28 April 2017
Specifically as a teaching assistant, applied for as a graduate student- 3 consecutive semesters in this capacity. Generally good supervision although I was a teaching assistant for an arts program and sometimes the professor for the course was ill-suited. You will be expected to keep regular office hours, usually a designated hour a week BUT you can get away with doing "appointment only" office hours if you have a busy schedule. Students I worked with were either there to learn more or there to argue to the bitter end. It is important to have patience. Grading can be tedious and a lot of students don't bother looking at the feedback so I kept it short and concise. Students did argue their grades and ask for another grade. If they had a compelling argument I would re-grade the assignment but let them know that this would not guarantee them a better mark if I found an error I had missed in my original grading. Professors were good about standing with the TA's decision and would take over if students got aggressive.
Pay is excellent, hours are not too demanding
Students arguing their grades after explaining why they received that grade, students thinking that they know more than teachers, when papers come in it can be a heavy workload for a few days
Helping mold young minds while being compensated very well.
Student Researcher/Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 26 March 2017
As a graduate teaching assistant I was responsible for helping my professor with some of the responsibilities of running an undergraduate level economics course. The work was fulfilling and the compensation was excellent. My most enjoyable position thus far.
Only part-time, conditional on tenure as a graduate student
Amplias oportunidades de crecimiento en un ambiente grato
Investigador de Postdoctorado (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON, Canadá – 3 March 2017
Mi tiempo en McMaster tanto como estudiante y empleado fue totalmente grato. Se me dio la oportunidad de trabajar en equipos multiculturales, contribuyente enormemente a mi formación profesional. El ambiente laboral fue siempre grato, incluyente y flexible.
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).
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.
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.
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.