University of Manitoba
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This is the best place to work in my opinion. People are friendly and willing to help each other. Management is also really good. For myself, the most enjoyable part of the job is feeding calves because I can see their growing process and they look cute.
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Best coworkers I've ever had

Very supportive and friendly environment. I have no complaints about management. The hardest part of my job was to greet students/guests. During busy days you might not get much time to breath between people.


Supportive coworkers


The pay isn't super great
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  • Supportive environment
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Ability to meet personal goals

Unionized Environment

Culture is to promote by seniority and not ability. Leads to bad hires. Lack of innovation due to strict adherence to job descriptions and scope. Expected output is low and you will still progress by just being there for years.


Easy environment, don't need to work hard to keep your job. Strong union.


No merit based pay or ability to grow without spending time racking up seniority. Toxic favouritism.
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Fun place to work.

Great work-life balance. Helpful and supportive staff. But lack of communication and support from management. Limited salary increment and job opportunities.
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A healthy work environment

It is a good place to work. The management there was good. I gained a lot of my customer service skills from working there. You can expect a respective working environment
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Poor management style; apathetic environment

I work with vulnerable students helping them face academic challenges, organize their time and work on study skills. I have a background in special needs and literacy. I began work with this department just before the pandemic and was overjoyed because I hoped I could quit my other part time job where the work environment was extremely difficult. I enjoy working with chikdren and adults in education, and I hoped the job would be lower stress than my other job, and be more fulfilling. Firstly, hours come and go too easily, so I wasn'table to leave my other job, presenting me with more time running back and forth on the bus . If you have a student who bails on a meeting-which, given their challenges, could be quite common- you don't get paid. So you can be scheduled for 20 hours work and only work ten. It's untenable.However, I worked hard and cultivated relationships wherein the students understood that showing up for appointments is important, bc those appointments and other commitments are for their benefit.When the university "went remote" I didn't hear from my manager for months. My position-negotiating schedule, dealing with anxious parents, students' increased anxiety and difficulties going through the pandemic- was entirely on my shoulders. When my manager did show up again, he never alluded to his absence and then proceeded to pile more hours on top of me and my colleagues, in violation of university policy of capping hours at 20 a week, rather than hire more help. We got the students through the pandemic at the detriment of my own schoolwork and mental health, - 


Fulfilling work with students.


Management and lack of support ; unsecured hours and inability to say no to hours.
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Busy and fast-paced. The management are accommodating and gave adequate training. Their expectations are high. Nice to be able to work with students and in academia.
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Good place

Good place to work. Friendly and helpful staff. Supportive management. Salary is good. Duties are clear and assessed well. Overall happy to work there.
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Good place to start your career

Pros:Work-life balance, good benefits, management is hit or miss, and many activities going on around campus (pre-Covid).Cons:Lack of communication and direction from management and work politics.
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Great place to work if you are a student

Wonderful place to work and also pretty chill. Management is really understanding and supportive in the event of conflicts. Sometimes it can be a little stressful but overall 10/10
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Incompetent management and nepotism to the max

For a post-secondary institute, it's ironic how stuck the university is in the past when these institutions are supposed to encourage progress. Senior admin at totally out of touch and hire other incompetent people in higher positions - to the point where qualifications and experience don't matter, just how well you're liked - just perpetuating the problem. Staff are treated poorly with limited opportunities for growth and advancement (unless you've sucked up to the right people). And forget trying to say anything, they'll just gaslight you in thinking it was your fault. This is a systemic issue at the university, not worth the cost of your mental health


Health benefits


Toxic work environment starting from the top
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Zero work-life balance.

Administration is completely out of touch with the day-to-day realities of staff and students.Endless turnover because people are treated so badly.Say they believe in diversity and inclusion, but don't show it in the way they treat their staff and students.No job security.


Great co-workers who work extremely hard.


Extremely long hours. Admin does not care about staff and students' health.
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Run Away

Horrible. Director has no clue what to do with employees, Verbal abuse, first place I've worked where the employees tell management what to do, Other manager abusive, swearing and yelling but he buys Starbucks for the Director so he is golden. I could go on but why, if you like a slack attitude as a worker and politics this is the place for you. Absolutely no innovation and safety, 1970's mentality.
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entry point screener

categorized as “student office assistant” means we’re basically nobodies on campus, zero job benefits and unorganized management. Cutting them some slack as this is a brand new COVID position but we have no on-site supervisors 99% of the time and have to figure everything out ourselves, then the supervisor tells us what we should have done. High turnover as it’s an unskilled position with no benefits or job security, we’re given no clue how long the position will even last. No priority given to people who have worked here longer, they keep hiring new people so they can give us less hours/shorter shifts and cut down on overtime pay. I lucked out and got some amazing coworkers but I’ll be quitting as soon as I have a full time position lined up. Also for some reason students are paid less than non-students for the same position and duties??


long stretches where you can do your own work at the desk, good coworkers, relatively good pay for an unskilled job


no job security, can be tedious, no break room or job benefits of any kind
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Diversified and friendly workplace

As a volunteer my experience was remarkable. On a typical day, I complied with the management requirements. Developing interpersonal skills and problem-solving strategies were the two most important things I have learned. The management staffs were supportive and friendly. Also workplace had a diversified culture. The hardest part of the job was to keep up with the number of students. Being able to participate with the students was the most enjoyable part of the job.
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Abundant in Opportunity

University of Manitoba is a Wonderfull pack of variety of work opportunity . perfect wage, good start, lot to learn and of course an awesome management and lovely boss makes it a lot easier to work.
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Human resources takes forever for job process

Working for the University of Manitoba was fantastic and I would love to work there again. Work days were busy and fast-paced which made for fast days. Funding for permanent jobs is greatly lacking. Some issues with Human Resources and management in some departments. Hard to get into most jobs as they are given to internals even though some externals are more experienced and better suited for the jobs.
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Management making decisions without feedback and input from employees.Friendly co-workers. Pd sessions . Flexible work schedule. Collaboration among staff helpful.
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Good pension and benefits

I was very excited to begin my career with university of Manitoba. Unfortunately poor management and failure to enforce rules where students are concerned has led to some pretty bad blood in the department I work in. I would hope that not all faculties are like the one I'm with but let's just say avoid Bannatyne if you can. I have been in the same role for almost seven years and have applied for seven or eight positions that are one step above my classification with only one interview. I consistently receive excellent performance reviews, but for some reason can't seem to move up or out. I'll be staying until 55 and then I'm going to take my pension and run.


Pension benefits and holidays


Poor management and a lot of the wrong people in their roles.
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Major cuts over the last few years

The University is in a mode of cutting back on everything. Countless people have been let go and the University is suffering for the lack of spending. Buildings are falling into disrepair. Terrible work environment. Everyone wonders who's next to go.
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Not the place to work

Not a great place to work in general. There may be better departments but overall the university remains unchanged over time and lacking in respect for its employees. Their pay levels are also lower than other similar institutions. Not been a lot of change unfortunately in 20 years with regard to how the university treats people. Time to change
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Based on 304 reviews

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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.8 out of 5 stars for Management
4.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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