Excellent place to work, especially for international students to learn life building skills
Excellent place to work and gain experience in life building skills. I thought research is a two-way experience where the mentor and the student learn together, share their ideas, and create novel work. From my previous work experiences, I have worked with teams where they share ideas, know the strength and weaknesses of a colleague and support each other. But here, you work alone without much support from mentors or colleagues. You don't even know what is going on within your team.
I had won several prestigious research grants, and awards, presented at conferences, and made publications in many peer-reviewed journals in my prior institutes. Unfortunately, the department at the university of waterloo where I worked doesn't promote your ideas or talents, and doesn't provide growth opportunities. The supervisors are terrible; they don't know how to manage projects. I will never recommend an international research student to work here. A lot of promises will be given during the interview but none would be kept. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are only on the advertisements to attract international students.
ProsYou will learn patience, In research you would learn a lot on your own without help from anyone, You would seriously think about life and having a solid job no matter what type of job it is, You would definitely think of giving up the research profession.
ConsNo teamwork: you do not know what others in the same team are doing, No career support career advancement nor any motivation from the mentors, No appreciation or respect for what you have done nor any understanding of the task involved, Expects you to complete a five-year project within a year, They don't know how to manage the work no clear ideas - goals or timelines, No right to question the mentor's work nor his students, Won't be willing to accept your ideas Will insist on what they think is right, Won't support your application for jobs, Harsh deadlines: You will receive an email just hours before the closing time for abstracts, No feedback on the draft material written for publication nor any participation. They just ignore u
Proctoring for the Economics department of the University of Waterloo is serious and a good learning experience.
20 minutes before every exam, the economics class professor, the other proctors and I carried the examination materials from the professor's office to the examination location. Together with the other proctors, I placed the exam papers in every two desks, so there is enough space between students. The room was fixed accordingly into an exam-writing environment. Once students arrived, the exam rules and guidelines were explained to them, they were told to leave their things in the front of the class, their identification were checked, and they were asked to turn off their cellphones. During the exam, if students had any concerns, which did not give them an unfair advantage over others, I would help them. We would offer students any extra pencils or pens in case theirs were misplaced or nonfunctional. I walked by the students around the room to make sure they were following the rules and not cheating. When students finished their exam, they would raise their hand for approval, raise from their seat, and hand in their exam paper. By the end of the examination period, all exams were collected and the rooms were left as they were before. We would walk back to the professors office to leave the exams and the examination materials.
I learned about discipline, organization leadership, conflict resolution, and better speech skills when managing a large audience.
We were managed by the class professor. It was a fair and relaxed treatment.
My co-workers were very supporting and
My recent co-op as a research assistant has showed me the significance of always being ready to learn and to be able to adapt to dynamic environments. When I was put up to the challenge to synthesize a type of electro-catalyst using biomass precursors, the lack of prior experience did not deter me from this opportunity to learn. I investigated various publications/online-resources and sought aid from professionals, which, as a side-effect, enhanced my research skills and ability to learn new material quickly. As a result, I was able to delineate my findings for a suitable bio-mass precursor for the synthesis of electro-catalysts, later used for supercapacitor and other novel battery applications.This also afforded me many opportunities to heighten my research and analytical skills. As a research assistant for a professor at the University of Waterloo, I perused through many research papers and other literary sources to erect my foundations. I then summarized the information and presented my findings via MS PowerPoint to my supervisor. I also conducted a series of electrochemical tests on electro-catalysts for fuel cell applications followed by data analysis/organization, which was eventually used in my supervisor’s manuscript.
• I enjoyed the people I worked with.
• A friendly and fun atmosphere and I actually enjoyed going to meetings each week.
• I felt the leadership team was great as well.
• They knew all of the members on a first name basis and tried to make those personal connections, like what program we were in and what midterms or exams we have.
• I liked how you could express anything on your mind about the topic at hand.
• Everyone’s opinion was discussed no matter how silly the idea was.
• The leader of the meeting would love to hear everything we had to say.
• I felt very welcomed there.
• I felt I was not challenged enough at the job.
• While I did enjoy working there and appreciate the skills I developed while with the board,
• I felt my skill set could be better utilized elsewhere.
• Mainly focused on marketing, but I am an accounting and finance student with capable knowledge of using excel, word and working with numbers such accounts receivables, internal costing decisions and reconciliations.
• There was no room for advancement in the board.
• Even if you gave the most creative ideas to dramatically improve the marketing of residence, there was no higher position to promote to.
• Wanted the opportunity for more responsibility if the team leaders saw that I could handle it.
Very practical project, getting to know in depth about forensic geophysics with electromagnetic survey
- typically there were few of field days where I actually got to go out in field and take measurements at the test plots. Other than field days, most of the time was spent plotting contour maps of apparent conductivity and filtering them into simplified versions. Moreover, I analyzed different phenomena happening within the subsurface with contour maps.
- I learned the proficiency and efficacy of electromagnetic survey in forensic investigation, as well as the shortcomings of it in certain situations. Moreover, I learned how to use various equipments such as EM-38, as well as software called Surfer 10.
- My co-worker was one of the graduate students in the department, who was extremely helpful with all the knowledge and experiences he had.
- The hardest part of the job was carrying out the survey even in harsh weather conditions (heavy snow, low temperature, etc)
- The most enjoyable part of the job was getting invovled in the forensic investigation, where pig cadavers and firearms were buried and results of contour maps coincide with expected outcomes
ProsGaining hands on experience on the geophysical survey
Toxic Work Environment & disregard for worker’s wellbeing and mental health
I had a horrible experience working here. The work environment was extremely toxic, as my supervisors did not train me but expected me to know everything automatically when thrown into my work environment. When I would ask for help, I wouldn’t receive any. As a result, I would have to put extra time into doing work as I had to figure things out myself without and assistance from my supervisor. This caused me to have to take home work over the weekend and have no work/life balance. This took a severe toll on my mental health as I began to hate my place of work and when I asked if they had any mental health support for staff, they said no. Overall awful experience and would not see myself working here ever again. Everything they say about this place not caring about peoples mental health/well-being is true.
This job entails meetings with the lab instructor, teaching and monitoring students during the lab session, as well as marking assessments on our own downtime. I learned a great deal of skills from this job, from improving my public speaking skills to time managing all my tasks and duties. Management was fine as the lab instructor always went through all the details with us and welcomed us to approach her with any questions or concerns we may have had. The workplace culture was nice but strict at times to ensure the safety of the students. The hardest part of the job was practicing and improving my pre-lab talks, because I wanted to deliver information to students in the most effective way possible. The most enjoyable part of the job was getting to know each student and developing a unique, positive relationship with each of them.
As a graduate student at both Master and PhD levels, I have true, hands-on experience of working in a lab in general and basic techniques in biology field in particular. Also, I am used to operating state-of-the-art equipment and monitoring maintenance schedules in lab. I have taken part in planning experiments as well as evaluating test results. In addition, I was responsible for maintaining biohazard and radiation safety standards, and ensuring proper handling of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agents.
In addition to the lab work, I have recorded, calculated, and analyzed data, and prepared reports. I work closely with a team of researchers and learned the value of good lab practice. I work well as a team member, am very reliable and organized, and willing to learn.
A typical day consisted of working with the international students and helping them with the assigned assignment to boost their performance in the real work environment.
I learned a lot about the Chinese culture from my students, improved my time management skills and my work ethics.
The management was very helpful. and actively cared about the wellbeing of both, the students and the mentors.
My co-workers were friendly and fun to work with.
The hardest part of the job was also the most enjoyable part of the job: the students!
Helping them achieve the desired standard was hard, though not impossible; and every small improvement felt like an achievement.
All in all, it was a great experience. I plan to return to this job next year too.
I loved this job since the professor I worked with was truly amazing. He understood that our education comes first and that we have a lot of things to balance in our life. He gave a chance for First-year students to help him research, and luckily I was one of the few chosen. I had to sort out through many articles and try to filter them out according to the categories that were provided by my prof. It was a good experience but interrupted by unfortunate incidences like my laptop being stolen when I was not in the country, I had to repeat the entire research I've worked on for 4 months within a week or so and sent it in as soon as possible. It was hard but I did it. Again, I didn't really work for money, but I worked for experience.
ProsFlexible timing, not stressful
Questions and answers about University of Waterloo
Do they hire students only
Asked Aug 30, 2017
no. I was never a student here but worked 2 one-year contracts and loved them both
Answered May 18, 2021
Yes, they do.
Answered Dec 6, 2018
Can you work remotely at University of Waterloo?
Asked Feb 19, 2019
WHY NOT, SOME PEOPLE NEED TIME TO COLLECT THEIR THOUGHTS GOING FORWARD
Answered Mar 31, 2022
Depends on the TA assignment
Answered Nov 28, 2021
Why would you want to work at University of Waterloo?
Asked Aug 17, 2018
It nice to do building maintenance not to many people bother you
Answered Jul 24, 2019
This is a place to come and really develop and sharpen your technical and practical skills.
Answered Feb 19, 2019
What should you wear to an interview at University of Waterloo?
Asked Jul 12, 2017
Shirt and trouser
Answered Jun 27, 2018
Black pants and white shirt.
Answered Apr 17, 2018
What is the company culture at University of Waterloo?
Asked Jul 12, 2017
Self-serving; cut-throat; step on others to get ahead.
Answered Feb 10, 2018
The culture and surrounding is very lively as the work is situated inside the University of Waterloo Campus.