Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 8 May 2018
It has been a great opportunity to study and work at McMaster. The professors I worked with were very supportive, considerate and treated everyone equally. The supervisors were always available and open to discuss my work.
School Project (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 4 May 2018
Did several projects with team members and developed strong communication, teamwork and organization skills. Sometimes need to meet many deadlines, but with good time management skills, I never missed any deadlines.
Faculty (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 2 May 2018
Worked as a marking teaching assistant. Participated in some workshops to learn about how to use the tools in the course (PebblePad). Designed the marking scheme for the midterm exam. Invigilated one midterm. Overall, the job was fine, and as long as you can balance your student life (I was studying there when I held this position) with the work responsibilities, you will be fine.
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 9 April 2018
Working for McMaster University is hard to rate, as there were so many different aspects. The university itself was a great place to work, however, the specific department was not the greatest. You were left with nothing to do most of time, and the management wasn't very understanding or accommodating to say the least.
Media Developer (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 12 March 2018
McMaster has a lot of great opportunities for staff in terms of benefits. Depending on your job you may have a lot of growth opportunities. For creative work, the ability to change your position or advance is very limited. The most enjoyable part of the job is that there is always something new to learn. The hardest part is the day to day menial tasks that need to be done. In some departments management is antiquated in their skills and working with employees. This is slowly being changed.
Benefits, great colleagues, nice campus with gym
management, lack of career growth for creative work
Good chance to practice my presentation and communication skills. Enable me to learn explaining software principles in a comprehensive way. Let me gain much more insight on how to develop quality assurance projects.
A Great Community - but if you want management you will need a Master's degree
Marketing & Communications (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 27 January 2018
I worked at McMaster for 15 years and have loved the community, the organization and my jobs. I learned and grew so much while there and have found that so many wonderful people work there. Working with students is a great experience and the campus is a wonderful place to spend your work days.
Unfortunately, if you start out as unionized staff, the only way into management is with a master's degree and by using "strategic politics" or to leave Mac and come back into a Management position later. I used to hear this and believed it was a myth until I saw it happen again and again. While Mac is a great place to work, all Universities are big organizations, and change is not always embraced, and when it is, it can be very slowly accepted. Bottom line is still dollars. It is a business and sometimes people forget that.
Great atmosphere, colleagues, beautiful campus, learning opportunities, tuition bursaries
Lack of promotion to management, difficult to accept that although women are the majority of the staff, and many female faculty members, the boys club still thrives
Web Application developer (Former Employee) – Hamilton – 23 January 2018
I had the pleasure of working for McMaster University all throughout my University career and I loved it. I worked for many departments and each department provided me support and opportunity to grow. I made some really good friends here and they really cared about me.
Sessional Lecturer (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 23 January 2018
Typically this is a place of learning. However, students are given too much leeway of not attending classes and skipping exams. As a result, academic integrity suffers. Academia is not a place where you pass exams, it is a place where you develop skills to go forward in life. By allowing laxity in academic discipline, low quality students are created, and teachers get disheartened. The most enjoyable part of the job beyond this is to be able to teach what you know, interact with young minds and feel energized about research.