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
Teaching Assistant (TA) (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 8 October 2015
I have done different things at McMaster and it is the most environment I feel appreciated and responsible in. I have worked as a private tutor for different upper year courses. I am currently working as an instructional assistant for a first year course that prepares the students for the real life challenges that they are expected to face.
Gardener (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 6 June 2015
Working at McMaster University as a gardener was a great and unforgettable experience. I would recommend this job to anyone who is hardworking, willing to learn new things and loves to work in the dirt. I had plenty of fun in the summer not only because of my own love for nature but because of the supervisors love and dedication to McMaster's Garden as well. The supervisors were so kind, helpful and patient. I enjoyed my time working at McMaster University a lot.
great pay, helpful supervisors, great lunch times and bbq ocationally
Presider, Invigilator (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 3 June 2015
Get to work before time, to sign in, and set-up co-workers are great the hardest part is standing at one spot, or walking around depending on where you are, the floor makes a lot of sound helping the students with certain questions
Casual Cleaner (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 1 June 2015
Typical day will consist of arriving for 6am to meet up with the lead-hand, who then delegates out the scheduled cleaning tasks to part time employees. Full time staff have set schedules. Usually work alone. But if needed, lead-hand or manager will contact us via cell phone or pager. Can be called off of schedule to tend to something that takes priority. We do set up for exams in the gymnasiums.
I enjoy doing the set ups. I like the physicality of this job. Keeping myself moving, and learning new skills. Working alone and with coworkers. All around, a decent working environment.
Excellent manager to work for. Will acknowledge a job well done and reward with free lunch
Short staffed. Contract has restricted part time staff from working extra hours, even if we are available.
Volunteer Experiences (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 18 May 2015
Three hours of volunteer. Learned how to solve problems on my own. Very good management. Very friendly co-workers. It is hard to be in front of the computer for three hours straight. Everyone is very friendly and fun to work with.
Productive and Challenging experience of scientific discovery
Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 30 April 2015
Excellent place to work for someone with who loves challenges and innovation. I have learnt project management and leading a project with industrial partners. Management and co-workers are great. We share each other's expertise and we grow as a team. The hardest part comes when we face a burning challenge where no one to seek a help for- very common in a research environment. And the joy comes soon after when we manage to solve the problem and get the recognition.
Academic working environment, each professor offers a difference research environment.
Research Associate (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 12 March 2015
Academic working environment, each professor offers a difference research environment. Depending on professor level of funding, the work environment could be quite nice. Flexible working hours, low stress
Teacher (part-time) (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 5 February 2015
I am a part-time teacher at McMaster University. I spend only a few hours each day at the University. The staff, at any level, is very skilled and happy to help at any moment. The management and my colleagues are helpful and fun to work with. It is a really pleasure to work in this environment and to try to add my skills to form the future specialists.