University of Toronto
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relaxed position with a great supervisor

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Worked as a summer intern with the department of health and safety. Great supervisor made all of the difference! Excellent experience and was a very relaxed position.
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Terrible place to work

Anybody who is considering applying here and it’s concerned about their mental health do not work here. Benefits are great but the work environment and management are horrible.
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  • Ability to meet personal goals
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Good place for research

Lots of world class professors who are passionate about what they do. Unfortuantely, some profs are horrendous and management does nothing about them, so make sure to do your research before applying to a professor.

Pros

Great community

Cons

Expensive cost of living
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Best employer in Canada

I have been working here since 1998 and I enjoy my work everyday. I have to learn new things to constantly update my knowledge. Nowadays, we have new systems coming up every month
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Not great for student-workers

The University could definitely afford to pay their student workers more. The student-workers union does nothing for them. If you're doing working as a student I recommend using your experience here to find another job.
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AccessAbility Services Department at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

Working at AccessAbiltiy Services UTSC as a Disability Consultant is mainly challenging with some rewards. To start with the rewards, you do feel like you’re making a difference for students and it’s a joy to work with most of them and get to know them, the campus is beautiful with a nice trail when you need to unwind, staff are generally laid back across this campus (compared to downtown and UTM), there are good professional development courses/sessions as you’re working in a university, and the benefits and pay are pretty good.Leadership is the biggest concern. Both directors have been in the role for 20+ years and are dedicated to belittling and micromanaging their staff and team lead. Ideas are mostly shut down unless they align with management’s ideas, which are outdated. You’ll find that over the last 5 years, all new and older staff have left because of the challenges with leadership. This is something that is well known across the UTSC campus. Due to constant turn over you will have a very high case load for which you get no support. Leadership will ask you to speak to them about case load issues, but when you do, conversations veer towards this being your fault and no changes are made (many staff leave these conversations feeling puzzled). This is somewhat understandable as the turnover is so high and many students are complaining to see a Disability Consultant, but there is little consideration for staff burnout, which is a constant concern among staff. In addition to having a high caseload, leadership will also expect you to participate in programming for students, - 
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Fun workplace for students!

My supervisor was very accommodating and supportive. It's a great place for university students looking to gain experience, meet new friends and earn money in the process. Pay is very fair.
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Decent

Low stress for the most part, but that depends on your direct supervisor. Hourly pay is good, but you don't get very many hours unless you apply for more positions.
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Great place for novel and exciting research

Opportunity to work on meaningful research projects.Fast-paced environment and opportunity to work with really smart people.The pay is relative to other Canadian universities.The pay is average compared to universities in the US.
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good experience

I liked the community. Provided good networking opportunities. There was a lot of physical labour involved with my placement but it was overall a fun experience
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productive and fun workplace

- A fun and friendly work environment. Nice work to meet new students and professors.- Pay is good for the amount of work.- Somewhat flexible schedule.
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Great place to work

Wonderful supportive staff. Great students that are so thoughtful and inquisitive. Complete autonomy in course creation and direction. Highly recommended.
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Great place to work

Great place to work, very collaborative, students are friendly and good community. There is room for advancement and other opportunities as well. Very accommodating.

Pros

Great environment

Cons

Occasionally long hours.
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Student

Welcoming environment for all. However, gets very stressful at times when work comes in all at once. The biggest complaint is downtown traffic during the week.
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Vibrant Workplace Community

The University of Toronto is a diverse work environment with people from a variety of backgrounds, skill levels, and experiences. There is always something to learn.
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Great place to work

The staff showed an incredible commitment to the student body. Clearly have a shared purpose and know their WHY. The schedule is generally 9-5 however, during peak seasons, staff are asked to work extra shifts or weekends in the summer for first-year orientation. Early Friday leave in the summer which is great.

Pros

The people and the students

Cons

Commute
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Good place to work

University of Toronto is not a bad place to work but depends on the department, same position but salary can be varies. It is difficult to advance unless someone retired.
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Best university in Canada for a reason

This is a great place to work. Whatever you do here, you’re a part of something. High impact researchers, excellent instructors, hard working students. It is what every university should aspire to be.

Pros

Being around smart people!!

Cons

Cost of living
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No growth

If you have kids who are ready to go university for studies then I guess you should work at UofT because free tuition is the only benefit you will get by sacrificing your time and mental health.
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Toxic work environment

The money is not worth the toxic work culture. I’ve worked in many different jobs and never been treated so poorly. Colleagues will take credit for your work, managers will take credit for your ideas. Awful experience. Would not recommend unless you’re ready to stop caring about personal growth.
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Not too good for growth, great for connections/ resources

I will say working in UofT is highly dependent upon the lab you work at, especially if you are working on the research side. Overall, not too stressful but leads to reduced engagement.
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Based on 972 reviews

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4.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.7 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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