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Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
40 Reviews

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  1.  

    A very rewarding place to work

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    Former Employee - PhD Student  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is extremely friendly and the office environment was very relaxed. You are given the freedom to pursue your research as well as ample support where necessary.

    Cons

    The framework for completing a series of complimentary outside courses is very poorly organised and not really fit for purpose. Certain aspect of the tutoring system are also fairly chaotic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall I was satisfied with how the university was managed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are nice.
    Salary is above average.
    High quality students and academic staff members.

    Cons

    Too cold in the winter.
    A bit too generous to undergraduate students.

  3.  

    it's a chanllenging job for non-native employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible for most of the time

    Cons

    academic specific to the job

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  5.  

    Lonely researching

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    Academic life, beautiful city, nice coworkers, good reputation

    Cons

    Poor organisational administration and strategy, chaotic teaching

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the structure and administration to enable the academics to provide their teaching and research functions as effectively as possible

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    University is Great, but HR needs authority to do something to PIs

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    University and department really mad an effort to promote a good work environment and laboratory research facilities.

    Cons

    Problem: There is a complete lack of ability for HR to address and appropriately deal with Professors who mis-treat their research staff and act amorally. The University should really address this issue and tell professors that they can NOT do whatever they feel like, even if funding is coming from their grants. Please note that not all Professors are a problem, only a small number are. But they should be held accountable for how they treat their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take my advise very very seriously and fix the Con I listed above.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's what you make it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great levels of autonomy, challenging work in a complex environment working with excellent professionals and academics in a world leading institution.

    Cons

    The size and complexity can be challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Informatics was professional, friendly and supportive environment for my PhD

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    World-class research faculty and excellent support with regards to funding, career and research advice. Frequent interesting seminars, and a free twice-annual trip to the highlands. Edinburgh as a city couldn't be a better place for postgrad: it's a central campus with plenty of reasonable accommodation nearby.

    Cons

    Undergraduate courses are weak, while the insular nature of most PhD students means it's lonely at times.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I would say...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Well paid job (especially for students during summer)

    Cons

    Poor management, often shifts changed last minute

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Lots of independence, really great people to work with, mediocre pay.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    - lots of independence in my work
    - it's OK to have a life outside work
    - great people to work with
    - great city to be in

    Cons

    Making far less than half of what I made as a research programmer 15 years ago in the US.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Resident at Vet School

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Training Scholar  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Training Scholar in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    Great cultural mix of professionals. Opportunities exist to make life-long friends as well as work acquaintances. Make the most of these opportunities!

    Cons

    Postgraduate post holders are often expected to work late to finish up once the permanent staff have gone for the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some acknowledgement that junior staff actually help run the facility wouldn't go astray.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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