University of Exeter Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Students Helper

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    Current Employee - Student Helper in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Helper in Exeter, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    It is a good way to improve your communication skills and make new friends

    Cons

    As there is around 30 student helpers your shifts will be quite rare

    Advice to Management

    Do not get it like a serious job. Just something to begin with and gain a very basic experience.


  2. Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter

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

    Pros

    was a part time job that I could do with my studies

    Cons

    extremely tiring and maybe too little tiring


  3. Good place

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, nice people, great location, many nice developmental courses

    Cons

    Bad bosses, Low grade bosses

    Advice to Management

    Lacking quality


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  5. New buildings are great but mine wasn't

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Member of Russel group, good library, new buildings are beautiful and well designed. My research group was nice.

    Cons

    A bit sloppy staff, expensive food and not enough places to eat in the evening. My office was badly furnished, a bit crowded, and with no ventilation and ineffective insulation. I think it wouldn't have been legal to work in a building like that in other European countries. Few science activities in my department


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    Lecturer

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great campus with fantastic facilities. Belonging to a Russell Group university greatly enhances one's international profile.

    Cons

    Oppressive work environment, aggressive management, unrealistic workload, work-life balance is impossible, time for research is constantly being whittled away.

    Advice to Management

    Treat research staff like the great researchers they are, not like factory workers who can be easily replaced.


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    Associate Research Fellow and Research Fellow

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, good students and lectures

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic management system that imposes restrictions on researchers from above, making it difficult to do your job or negotiate. No flexibility or benefits for short-term or younger researchers. Many staff flat out unhelpful. Also a culture that is run (not just influenced) by the pursuit of rankings and "impact," making it difficult to do high-quality research.


  8. Lots of freedom for personal development, changing the status quo can be tough

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Lots of perks to working within education sector (discounts etc) - Tons of holiday and time in lieu accepted - Interesting and varied projects because of working with students - Quite informal atmosphere - young organisation with a good social life

    Cons

    - Lack of adhesion to deadlines with clients can be hard, students don't appreciate professionalism - Tiny budgets with unrealistic expectations - Students are fickle, need to keep up with trends but convincing anyone to change processes is really hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Let the people you hire to be the experts advise in those areas - you'll benefit hugely.


  9. Overworked and Underpaid

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Worth for working Russell group university as there are plenty of chance for research and personal development

    Cons

    No matter what salary you were getting before they will not offer you the competitive salary. They will start with the lowest salary in the band.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up against the university policy of exploiting the Post-doctoral researcher. No one is going to stay with you when private sector can pay us much better salary.


  10. Great experience working as a full time PhD scholar at University of Exeter

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    Current Employee - PhD in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The research facilities are very good to learn more and more. The professors are supportive and make sure that you do your job. There are presentations, literature review and exams in first year of PhD to confirm that students are able to go foward. A very nice, straight forward and clean process.

    Cons

    The PhD stipends are not that great. Specially the salaries are limited for 3 years only which is definitely not a sufficient time to finish your research work.


  11. Great expanding institution with a thriving academic community

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Leading on research on climate change, from the physical to the social aspects of it

    Cons

    Location is remote within the UK and bad access to international airports and fast trains to London (which are also very vulnerable to flooding, making journeys out of Exeter very long and exhausting)



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