McMaster University
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Being a teaching assistant is easy work

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Flexible hours that are accommodating to a school schedule. Work is fairly easy if you have sufficient technical knowledge in the course that you are teaching
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World class University

Worked in R/D. Good experience overall. The academic environment was slow paced, lots of opportunities for workshops and professional development. Salary is low and long hours of work.


World class university


Very low salary, long hours of work.
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Grad student teacher assistant

Relaxed environment but low pay. If your supervisor is nice and has enough fund they may top up your salary but I survived on scholarship and TA. I was in ECE department. Don't know about other departments
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Generally, a good place to work

It is a good place to work. There is equity, diversity, and inclusion in place. Opportunity to learn more. Most people are friendly and ready to help. Work /life balance good


Good Benefits, Opportunity to learn more


Low pay, Career advancement unclear
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The university is great to work in

Working as a researcher in the university. The salary is enough is cover my cost. But you can't save too much actually. My supervisor and the colleagues are great people. Therefore, I had a great experience there.
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Fun work place

Good place to work. Flexible with hours. Staff are always there to help when you need them. People you’re helping are friendly as well. Overall enjoyed my time.
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Good place to work, academic field, busy times and slow times. Pay not great, time off is, and good benefits and pensions from day 1 so theres the trade
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Postdoctoral fellow

It all depends on your supervisor. Work can be flexible and really comfortable as long as you deliver results. They offer good benefits as part of CUPE but your contract has to be more than 6 months
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Easy job, good pay

Easy job, good paymake your own hourwork as much or as little as you like with no supervisionalways paid on time and the right amount good student job
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Really depends on the culture of each department and your manager. Have had both good and bad experiences.

Really depends on the culture of each department and your manager. Have had both good and bad experiences. Some jobs are unionized. The benefits and pay are fair.
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Solid job undermined by a negative culture and low pay.

Its a straight forward janitorial job, but it's underpaid compared to other similarly unskilled jobs at McMaster which pay competitively. The work is moderately paced and low stress, but the workplace culture is gossipy and the management can be standoff-ish at times.


-Relaxing job - great work- life balance


- under paid - bad work culture
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Being a TA at McMaster is a wonderful experience.

I had a lot of fun as a TA. However, I relied on this job as one form of income to pay my bills as a full time student. It took me months to get my first pay, both in the fall and winter term. My finances were affected greatly and HR took too long to sort it out. Me and my faculty staff scrambled to get things cleared up, but I didn't receive one email or call from HR to apologize for their mix-ups and provide a solution to get my pay to me as soon as possible. If you are depending on this job for a living, please be warned. It was a stressful term working here.
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Custodial Services: Terrible pay, Toxic management, and tasks are a disorganized mess.

I worked for custodial facilities for a few months. Entire place was toxic, they take full advantage of immigrants and desperate people who don't know any better. Job is soul crushing after a few weeks. Management is completely apathetic, rude, and downright awful.0 Benefits, and terrible pay. People are constantly taking, breaking, or dangerously mislabeling supplies &equipment in janitorial areas. Everyday I was working with a new problem.There were unsafe situations there that I could have got WSIB involved but didn't bother with because I didn't have the money at the time. Stay far away if you're thinking about working in facilities.


It was a job.


0 Benefits, management actively worked against employees, toxic environment both figuratively and sometimes literally, complete lack of proper sanitation equipment and ppe, complete disdain for their workforce.
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Great benefits, but the office politics is unbearable.

When I first started working there, things were great, but you soon find out there is a lot of office politics going on. No matter how much extra work you put in, management's friends advance even though they are less qualified than you.


Free university courses. Good benefits.


Office politics. Hard to advance. Stay there long enough to get your degree then leave.
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favorite job

definitely my favorite place to work, schedule is flexible, pay is fair and i always learn something when i'm working, management is great as well and super supportive
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Course Intructor on contract

really nice placeget employed by them if you have a chancebad students are gonna hate hate hate hate but that is not their fault. Although they might favour the students on some issues so stay careful!


almost everything: nice people, nice environment, nice benefits...


students, ...students can be tough to deal with, (it is not their fault but just things you will deal with when working there)
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Great place to work, with opportunities to grow and learn new skills

The job culture is great with open lines of communication. Lots of job growth and learning opportunities. The employees are very friendly and helpful.


Paid courses, people, job and personal life balance and benefits


Long hours and can be stressful
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Work at your own pace but they will give you the resources you need

-They provide good training -They are always looking for ways management can help you and provide you with resources so that you can do your job better


free lunch


limited hours available
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Fun easy going

Good Company, Friendly, Easy going. Great company to work for! You get to meet students from all over the world. Hours can be a bit long, but pays well
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Not the best Union

I started working at Mac, there was a different Union in place. I was able to work a lot of different shift. Then a new Union came on board and I was cut down to 3 days a week. Nothing more
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Awesome place to work

If you’re casual you’re making minimum wage minimum hours. But if you get into the union then it’s part of full time. But great pay this is in the hospitality section. Becoming an apprentice through them allowed me to achieve some dreams. Worked with some of the best chefs in Canada because of them. Plus the exec chef is an absolute pleasure to work for and learn from
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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.9 out of 5 stars for Management
4.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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