Queen's University
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Pleasant experience working here, but management can be slow or uninterested in responding to complaints or concerns. Pay is pretty bad, especially if you are in a non-unionized position.

Pros

Relaxed and solitary workplace

Cons

bad pay, a lot of substance-less lip-service from management
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Exceptional University and Community

Queen's offers exceptional professional opportunities and benefits in an incredibly innovative and balanced environment.It is a beautiful campus to both study and work at; immersed within a city of Canada's richest history. Queen's is diverse and inclusive, it has global reach while being deeply committed to the Kingston community. Highly recommend Queen's for the professional and life opportunities.

Pros

Endless intellectual capital

Cons

Endless intellectual capital
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Understaffed and disorganized

Biggest issues are: disorganization, no communication, slow administration, no direction, lack of response, decentralized management structureI do not feel safe to be open with my coworkers and management about being a member of the LBGTQ+ community. The individual departments exploit part time employees by dangling the "carrot" in front of them with the vague possibility of full time employment.I do not recommend trying to work multiple part time positions. It negatively impacts your mental health. At the end of each day I'm so tired mentally and need time to recover to the point I don't feel I could NOT do any extra professional development. I'd change the hiring process, forcing the hiring managers actually talk with the coworkers of the potential employee and less emphasis of story time with the new hire. To me the hiring process is biased against those who have a oral and written learning disability, and/or introverts.

Pros

job security, benefits, pension

Cons

job advancement, horrible cost of living adjustment
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Great place to work

Relaxed fun competitive stressful just like any other job if you love your job you'll love the place you work...pay could be a little more or more fair but overall great job
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Understaffed and disorganized.

The employees are all lovely people who are friendly and welcoming but sometimes it's like management forgets you exist. It takes weeks for them to even send you the forms for your employee information, it was over a month before I received my first paycheck because no one sent me the financial forms until I was forced to track someone down. There's no clear idea who you report to. They don't provide on the job training, or even what exactly is expected of you. There is a severe lack of communication between management and employees.

Pros

Prestigious university, looks great on resume, independence, good schedule, great compensation

Cons

disorganization, no communication, slow administration, no direction, lack of response, decentralized management structure
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Working Contracts are hard, but rewarding

I have worked with many different departments within the University. Each one was so different from the last. But the skills and knowledge I have picked up through my time there was life changing. Most everyone was so nice and welcoming. Even though you were only on contract. They still treated you as part of the team.

Pros

5 Dollar Friday, Perks, Discounts, Lunches, Pay, Benefits, Pension, Equality, No Judgement

Cons

Parking
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Departmental Leadership is weak and generally inexperienced

- co-workers are generally excellent however teams are hindered by senior leadership - decisions are frequently made based on who leadership “like” rather than who can do the job - all of this leads to a stressful work environment where people worry about their future

Pros

Can get post secondary education benefits for family members

Cons

Expensive parking
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Great introductory into a full time job.

Hours were 8-4 Monday to Friday. Age ranged from 15-23. No supervision during the day and work was hardly completed, working conditions were ridiculous for a minimum wage casual job.
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Great accommodations

Relatively decent experience. Easily can be a hard year if you don't have a great group of kids but the balance isn't that bad
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Hierarchical, stuck in the past

They want you to shut up and keep your head down, if you’re happy to have no opinions or thoughts for a decent pay check this is the place for you. Cutthroat, don’t trust anyone.

Pros

Good pay and hours

Cons

Politics
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A good, not great place to work

Some good things about working at Queen's but admin can be a hassle. Have had better experiences working at other universities. Would recommend several other universities in Ontario before this one. Although not Queen's U's fault, cost of living in Kingston is also very high and few jobs on campus pay enough to make up for this.

Pros

$5 staff lunches every Friday

Cons

Everything else.
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It's The Best Security Gig in Kingston

Queen's pays the highest wage for security in Kingston for both full time and casual positions. Full time positions with Queen's happen very infrequently and there are very few spots available, most guards are casual, and so they are highly competitive. Casual positions do not include any benefits or pension whereas the full time positions do. The role itself is generally interesting and can be quite rewarding at times. Of course the regular duties of securing areas can get monotonous, but attending to calls for assistance is generally a chance to feel good about helping someone out. Regular duty patrol is a great time to get to know the University and meet other University staff; the job can be quite social. Duties generally include ensuring buildings are secured on time, being a visual deterrent to bike and other theft, assisting with directions, checking in with staff at various locations around Campus. Other duties that happen less frequently include responding to first aid requests, fire alarms, intrusion alarms, access requests, suspicious persons, securing safety hazards, unauthorized activity. Like any big institution there are significant politics at play which can be frustrating and demoralizing at times but if you remember that in the end you are there to ensure a safe Campus for students, staff, and faculty, you can usually go home knowing you made a small difference somewhere.

Pros

The work feels meaningful

Cons

Takes a long, long time to have an opportunity at a full time position, The pay is high for the industry in this area, but low compared to other Universities, University politics can be defeating at times
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Good pay, few hours

As a TA, the pay is great. However, you are provided with a limited amount of hours. Overall, it is a good environment and not overly onerous to balance with school.
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Queen's Research Labs

Queen's is a great place for employment. They offer salary, paid benefits, pension and set hours. Research positions are based on funding and grants, which means the position is not permanent to the University.
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Productive and highly efficient workplace with cheerful people!

It is a fun working for queens. People are very nice and helpful. They provide you proper training and always appreciate your hard work. Managment team is very efficient and always try to resolve the issues.

Pros

High Salary; Positive environment!:)

Cons

Hard to get a full time job:(
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Horrible Employer!

Queen's has a positive face value in the community as being a "Great Employer" The truth is, they are like a drunken step parent that we are not allowed to talk about out of fear of the repercussions we will face. Queen's is poisoned with feminist doctrine and sexism. With 85% of the workforce being female and HALF of the upper hierarchy being female. Being a female is the first checkbox asked when applying for any job. The HR department is feminist run. The Equity board is feminist run. The university is so riddled with sexist feminist propiganda and false victimhood it makes working there very uncomfortable. There is an overabundance of underqualified people in jobs making more than they should, and the people who are working hard are under paid and under appriciated. The politics are toxic.

Pros

They have good benefits.

Cons

Everything else!
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Good staff

Wonderful atmosphere and location/site. Great to interact with the university students. Jobs can be stressful but management is fair. Overall, this was a good experience

Pros

Staff

Cons

low pay
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Good experience

Flexible hours, acquired practical and transferable skills, lots of variety in tasks - kept things interesting, compensation was fair, work at own pace
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not bad if you can get in and stay

Extremely pro-union and incestuous in hiring. After 9 years working contract there I applied to a job that should have been a "shoe-in", as even my boss was saying it would be a perfect fit. Only later, without even getting an interview did I find out that they already had their replacement chosen, even worked the person in the position for four months before the predecessor retired, to ensure they could handle it, and THEN they posted the job opening. Great benefits (depending on what level and where you are exactly), good pay, fair comradery and environment. Funding is decreasing however and cutbacks and layoffs throughout 2014-2017 were running rampant. They will not hire those who are overqualified, finding any other excuse knowing that they cannot use that as the excuse.

Pros

benefits, dental and prescription drugs

Cons

hiring managers and HR policy too incestuous
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Good place for summer work for students with another job

The work day was often four hours long, though you could ask if there was a way to work more hours. It was in the morning. The work environment was generally good. The managers were good when I was working there and fairly organized, but sometimes too many people would get sent to to a job. The hardest part about this job can sometimes be finding something to do.
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Great work experience

Queen's University is a pleasant place for working. Coworkers are nice and the benefits are good. The job culture and ethics is positive.
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4.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.8 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
4.0 out of 5 stars for Management
4.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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