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Updated July 17, 2014
Updated July 17, 2014
40 Reviews

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  1.  

    Fantastic academic environment for PhD training

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

    Pros

    The University of Edinburgh 4 year biomedical PhD studentships (one of which I attended) provide access to an exceptional range of world-class research laboratories spanning many aspects of biomedical science. Edinburgh's research institutes are very well equipped with core facilities, making specialist equipment widely available to researchers. I had a very positive experience here, was provided with excellent mentorship throughout and career opportunities when the time to move on came.

    Cons

    It should be understood that PhD studentships offer a lousy salary (everywhere).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep 4 year PhD studentships, support higher salaries for PhD students.

    Recommends
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    It was a really enjoyable experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Staff members are very helpful, good communication, open to suggestions.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities to advance.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Excellent Uni

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice campus, very organised and many experts around if you are doing research

    Cons

    Edinburgh is quite expensive city

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Positive, stimulating work, and a great city.

    Cons

    No real cons in my view.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect what's there and build on it.

  6.  

    A great place to work

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    Current Employee - Receptionist  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    Providing service to excited young minds as well as to tutors and lecturers is a rewarding job. Plus my coworkers are fun and funny and make the hours pass quickly. Lots of joking along with the work.

    Cons

    As a foreign student, I could only work 20 hours per week, as per the limits of my visa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's nice to be somewhere that trusts and encourages its employees to make good decisions.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Wonderful place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Supportive employer and, if you are prepared to work hard you can progress. They provide a variety of free training and skills development workshops. Located in a beautiful city.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be a bit slow moving due to its bureaucratic nature, but this is not a big issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carry on with regular staff reviews and come up with more ways to reward those who work hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8.  

    Very friendly and helpful staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    Pros

    Good access to educational training and tools, especially good at preparing you for becoming a full time teacher or lecturer, or organising other staff members. Also very good at preparing you for different career options within full time postgraduate education, or academia

    Cons

    Very specific teaching styles which have even filtered down to the design of the classrooms often detracts from the student experience, which leaves the teachers feeling ineffectual and underused. Management have been known to try to screw you out of money for no reason.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Teaching/Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Great environment, friendly people, progressive culture, high quality colleagues, high quality students, good payment, good work life balance, good library, career service,provision of funding, recently built buildings

    Cons

    bad weather, The tuition will probably be high, many students which often makes it noisy,some books in the library are old, some times students aren't too efficient and they require lots of out of classroom help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The reputation could be much improved through the organisation of conferences

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good employer

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    Former Employee - Applications Consultant  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Applications Consultant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    Great compensations and work/life balance. They care about you and your family. No stress.

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities as the structure is very stale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Informatics

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

    Pros

    Edinburgh is a great place to live in. You can walk to work. The working environment is top class. People are friendly.

    Cons

    As a researcher can be very lonely at times. Most communication is done via email. It's easier to burn out if you are not careful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to hear from your employees how they feel.

    Recommends
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