University of Cambridge
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www.cam.ac.uk Cambridge, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

University of Cambridge Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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4.2 79 reviews

                             

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University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

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    Massive wealth - anachronism

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of time off allowed, plenty of benefits depending on your Grade in the uni society (see Cons below).

    Work-life balance is good.

    ConsIt's a successful university split into two parts: 'academic' and 'non-academic' work. Non-academics may as well be considered indentured servants, even if they're as capable as academic staff (e.g. Doctors of engineering working as software developers are considered 'non academic').

    The University is an umbrella org that facilitates data sharing between 32 colleges, but its the colleges that are extraordinarily wealthy. The university is cash strapped and most of its staff are non-academic.

    There's a tremendous disparity between the rights of people of equal capability to earn relatively similar amounts of money in salary terms; and it all comes down to the Grading of your position by HR.

    HR is superbly anachronistic, and for example considers a senior software engineer to be the same thing / level / grade as a senior anything else: including office administrators, lab techs and secretaries.

    The city is a terminal city, people come and go - plus it has small town syndrome. The uni people are self absorbed and self centered; the local town people are jaded and resentful of the uni people.

    The keyword I'd use is Feudal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementModernise your grading system and recognise skilled employees as such. The rest of the world is better than you at identifying / categorising skilled labour types. Unify your budgets and demand more from the colleges, who have more than they need to secure themselves for the next 500 years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Could be great but only with better management

    Laboratory Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of internal training available, final salary pension, good leave entitlement.

    ConsAwful management, little communication, enormous disparity in the way support staff and academic staff are treated, no flexibility

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good work life balance but limited progression opportunities

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    ProsThe University offers excellent work life balance although sometimes taking this to the extreme as some employees take advantage of this and sickness absence is high.

    ConsAs a research assistant there is limited opportunities for progression which is generally linked to publications in journals rather than performance in undertaking high quality research and the generation of money for the department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntroduction of timesheets to ensure that all staff contribute equally and some are not taken advantage of.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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