University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Pros
  • Most people enjoy a decent work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • It is a very esteemed university, so you are surrounded by high-quality students and staff members (for the most part) (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The framework for completing a series of complimentary outside courses is very poorly organised and not really fit for purpose (in 2 reviews)

  • Some say that Edinburgh is an expensive place to live (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Excellent University

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits for employees including time off and discounts off university courses

    Cons

    Pay has not increased significantly over the past few years


  2. Great place for a PhD

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

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Exceptionally diverse environment
    Great support for computationally intensive projects

    Cons

    nothing that comes to mind

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. university of edinburgh

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good colleagues, good pension scheme, good holidays

    Cons

    limited promotion prospects, more demanding every year


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  5. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Writer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There's an inspiring atmosphere and a very positive attitude from colleagues. Salaries are good, as are benefits.

    Cons

    It can be a little bureaucratic, with plenty of rules and processes, but the same is true of most large organisations.


  6. A pretty nice place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work in a small department which has a relatively large amount of freedom to make own decisions. Salary is in line with other comparable institutions. Local managers have ability to deal with local issues such as holidays quickly and effectively.

    Cons

    Not much chance of promotion within role, must apply for a more senior one. Local freedom has downfalls as things that aren't a priority can fall by the wayside e.g staff training, IT upgrades.

    Advice to Management

    A more joined up approach with other departments.


  7. Excellent academic and research environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh

    Pros

    I really like working in the (Edinburgh University) EU and would love to work in future if an opportunity arises with them. The pay is decent and work load is very manageable with lots of holidays during the year.
    The work culture is very mixed with lots of professionals from across the world.
    There is complete freedom on the project that one is working on and i believe that is one of the main reason for so many innovations coming out of EU.

    Cons

    The growth for foreigners may be limited but for locals sky is the limit. The weather may be a bit of concern during peak winter but one will get used to it.
    There are some racist incidence I personally faced but the management dealt with the problem very professionally. However, within the academics there is still subtle but scares racism.

    Advice to Management

    Please reduce the fee for foreign students, its three times more than the local students.


  8. Great University

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Contractor - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good support for tutoring. Have had great opportunities to get teaching experience myself. The excellent gym is a great perk, as is the discounted (free) general interest classes that you can take.

    Cons

    Although Edinburgh is a wonderful city to live in you should be aware that it is quite remote from London. Also, as with any university, the bureaucracy can be a little tough to deal with.


  9. Friendly people and good work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tutor in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Tutor in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Staff friendly and helping, the administrative staff helps a lot with the paper work. The work is well organized

    Cons

    Problem to get paid alternatively (UK bank account absolutely mandatory...). Missing information on the exact content of the job


  10. Good people, a lot of politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people you work with are all really friendly and supportive. It's very flexible, a lot of people work reduced hours. It has the strong values of any non-profit, educational institution.

    Cons

    There is a lot of politics, the pay isn't the best, although no worse than anywhere else in the HE sector.
    It's a highly devolved and very hierarchical organisation.
    The grade structure and pay scales are fixed, and it's easy to end up taking on more and more responsibility for no increase in salary.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to your staff, regularly.
    Break down the little empires - we should all be working for the University, not department X.
    Some perks would be nice, e.g. discounts for use of Sports Union and at the University shop.


  11. A very rewarding place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Overall I was satisfied with how the university was managed.



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