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My personal experience at the Faculty of Social Sciences has been amazing, but your experience will vary LARGELY depending on your work group. There are dozens of little 'mini-cultures' scattered throughout the university, so it is difficult to determine whether you are getting a good environment before starting. Overtime is very common across the uni, and I regularly receive emails on the weekend and at 11pm, but I personally do not need to work overtime very often. The university does offer a lot of amazing benefits, and in my opinion, they really do care about their employees. They gave us the day before Victoria Day and the Day after Canada day as university-wide holidays, to compensate for the difficult working environment during the pandemic. They also had many free lunches/activities across campus all summer for the staff. Unfortuantely, if you are looking for a cutting-edge and innovation WORKING environment, this is not the place. They are VERY slow to adapt to change, so do not expect modern policies, efficient programs, and innovative managers! In this way, the uni is just like other government institutions; inefficient and unnecessarily difficult to get certain things done. Things eventually become modernized, but don't expect it to come quickly.


Employee benefits (free food, days off, university wide Christmas holiday, vaccine clinics, etc.), Many opportunities for advancement


Parking ($$$, and hard to get a spot), very bureaucratic, pay below gov. alternatives, ancient systems/software (finance, hr, payroll, etc.)
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Great. Student job. Work from home. Good pay. Not alot of work. Easy. One month quick job. Not much else to say really. Set own schedule just had to meet a deadline.
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uOttawa is excellent for international postdocs and newcomers to Canada. There were lots of mentorship and training opportunities.

The job was excellent for newcomers to Canada, there were lots of learning opportunities. There were teaching and learning training sessions. Professors are were willing to provide mentorship, workspace and tools were accessible. A free intercampus ride was available. Postdoc enjoyed extended health insurance benefits covering eye care, dental and drugs.


Health insurance


Salary was good, but not commensurate with qualification
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Great place to work

In my field I work with a lot of different equipment every day. Each shift is a learning experience and it's actually almost fun getting stuff done without being under a crazy time constraint and this is my first job I didn't dread going to.


Good benefits, central location, good pay, excellent work life balance
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Awful management

Awful reception manager Management doesn't respect their employees They treat them very badly and over work them while still under paying them There is no yearly raise They can change the schedule last minute and expect you not to have another life Your life should be just work


Over working employee/bad managers/
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Worked at UOHS for 2.5 years. It started to go very down hill over the last year. Unable to keep nursing and reception staff at this point. Extremely poor managed office. Lack of professionalism by all upper management. Nursing Team Leader and Reception Manager lack maturity and proper ethics to effectively run the department. No HR team in place currently. No room for advancement as an RPN. Currently not offering any type of raises to any staff or performance review. Toxic work environnement. Very little to no positive feedback from Nursing team lead. Job posting looks good on paper but please remember to read reviews on other websites as well to really understand what is going inside that clinic before wasting your time. Sending good luck to all those RPN's looking for a positive job change but this place is not where you will find that. This is coming from a someone who left and it was the best choice I could have made. Only regret is not leaving sooner.


Good hours, day shifts, benefit package, little to no holidays or weekends
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Crazy busy, challenging, worthwhile

Great place to work. Hours are long, I loved my job. Great benefits. Challenging to balance work and life. Great campus and atmosphere on campus. A lot of walking.


great job


very long hours
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Fun, but it can be a lot of work

Being a CA is a lot of fun, but there is very little pay, even if residence is paid and the hours are not determined and there is very little time off.
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Pretty boing

The job was pretty boring, there was no clear room for advancement and doing the job was always harder with the instructions given by superiors. There were no benefits.
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I worked with a professor in statistics. My research topic is about math, so it is not easy. My professor is a nice guy, he helped me a lot and gave me a really good salary.
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TA jobs expect unpaid overtime

The work is flexible and interesting, and the student union prevents things from going too far south if you're a graduate Teaching Assistant. However, it is almost a guarantee that you will be asked/coerced into doing unpaid overtime.
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Easy place to work

The pace is slow and very relaxed. The work is too easy, but there are other benifits: excellent work/life balance, no stress, excellent public transportation location.


easy work


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Productive work

The work is mainly done in an office setting with productive and fun PhD students who are willing to help you to achieve what you are going to do. Free food too!
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Management is excellent with balanced work life.

Overall rating* - 10 Job Work/Life Balance- 9 Salary/Benefits- 10 Job Security/Advancement- 9 Management- 9 Job Culture- 9. Working with university as a teaching assistant
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J'aimais l'ambiance du travail, j'ai appris le sens de la propreté, de l'organisation.


Repas presque gratuit


Réduction des heures de travail souvent
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Very Professional and productive environment.

I get to work with very professional and skilled people and learn alot from them.


Flexible working hours.
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various positions

Working at uOttawa is nice because I can make pocket money while studying, all in one place. They are very considerate about your school schedule and are willing to work around it.
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Great place to work for

Great place to work for. The work environment is fun since it is an educational institution with students. Great view of the campus. More can be done to improve salary benefits
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Great workplace with job security.

the coworkers are great, sometimes management is not. The union is great and definitely provides job security for those not in management. The benefits you receive are also quite helpful.
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good place to learn and grow

good place to learn and grow. The pay is quite good but since I was on contract, did not qualify for benefits. It gave me a great opportunity to learn and grow.
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Good work environment

Really good work conditions, great team, meet some really nice people, really good benefits and lots of events on campus for employees.
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