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Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds

    Pros

    friendly environment
    good communication with the colleagues

    Cons

    work-life balance
    challenging students
    office culture and good students

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    Loved the atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds

    Pros

    Top top banter, and great environment

    Cons

    Long hours and very demanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the progress

  3.  

    Russell Group underachiever

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The university, like many towards the better end in the UK, still has some obvious strengths. Academics have space to conduct research, students are pretty high quality and academic colleagues are very supportive. Many academics are driven to produce high quality research.

    Cons

    Management is very poor. In recent years it has become focused around an egotistical VC (now left) and a mangement cadre of Deans that slap themselves on the back, pay themselves high wages and cut down dialogue. They have expanded the admin function hugely across the university and then imposed these costs back on to academics to pay for. Ideally this should provide support for the core mission of the university, but admin nows rules the place and academics are constrained to support this rather than the other way around, with endless chains of paperwork, targets and internal budegts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that this is a university, not some second rate civil service department. Get the Deans to support their academic staff. Have a more visible and understanding VC.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Opportunity to pursue own interests

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    What I really love about working at the University of Leeds is that I am free to pursue my own interests within the framework of our strategy. So long as what I do fulfils the objectives, I am able to carve out my own route, which means I am always enthusiastic and motivated about what I am doing.
    I also like the opportunity to interact with people outside of my own Faculty across the whole organisation, and have the pleasure of working with some truly amazing and inspiring people.
    There are also great opportunities for personal development and a very positive and inclusive culture.

    Cons

    The only drawback is that I can be a victim of my own enthusiasm and that no-one will ever tell you not to do things. You need to be able to balance your own workload and priorities effectively here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to give people the opportunity to grow and pursue their interests. It makes them more engaged and passionate about their work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good and Bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerical Grade III in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clerical Grade III in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    An understanding employer, great holidays, pleasant working environment and a reasonable pay scale.

    Cons

    Hard work and commitment isn't always rewarded, some middle managers are weak and ignore laziness. Too many staff have too many sickness days. At times the culture can seem like a holiday camp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Toughen up on the idle and those persistently off sick with minor complaints. One bad apple can potentially turn the whole team bad. Staff morale is lowered by witnessing managers turning a blind eye to the uncommitted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very good environment. great work ethic. room for improvement and career advancement slim.

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    Current Employee - Research Officer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Officer in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary. Good experience. Very nice city to live in. Great work environment. challenging tasks and projects. Flexible hours which is always a plus.

    Cons

    Not a lot of benefits. Career would be fixed in the academia business. Research is challenging and exciting but it is mostly useful in such environments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Brilliant place to work, excellent facilities & staff benefits. Certainly one of the best employers in the country.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computing Officer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Computing Officer in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The working culture is very employee focused, with flexible working patterns being available. Great support available for staff and the facilities (such as the gym) are superb. Excellent holidays and the variety of work means no two days are the same. You meet a broad spectrum of people, from all walks of life and working on Campus is a breath of fresh air. Been at Leeds for five years and enjoyed every day.

    Cons

    Staff can become jaded or institutionalised if they've been working in the same job for too long so not everyone is as enthusiastic as myself. Neither are all the jobs as interesting as my own so I wouldn't say my views reflect everyone's.

    The workload can be excessive on occasion, but there aren't many jobs where this isn't true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication to staff could be better from a management level. Sometimes the focus to make ever structure "corporate" risks alienating the people who love their job and do it with passion. The focus should be on lifting up the people who are jaded, not penalising the people who love the institution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Leeds by name but not by nature!

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mostly very good people. It's a well known institution and is mid-ranking in the UK. The University has a lot of potential, but it needs to up its game.

    Cons

    The University does not know where it is going. Far too much concentration on strategy with no thought paid to delivery. Senior managers are very ego driven and do not think about consequences of their actions on the staff. Very difficult to get a decision made. Far too much paperwork making all internal processes very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a moment to work out where the University is going. Stop the internal competition which encourages people to stay in their safe little silos. Do something rather than keep waiting to make a decision!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    enjoyable but definitely room for improvement

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Love the campus, other staff are friendly and helpful and the University promotes a happy and outgoing atmosphere. The University Union is great and everything you need is easily available. University grounds are well kept and simply beautiful in Spring/ Summer

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Temp employees/ contractors/ agency workers are not entitled to the same perks as full time staff. Salary/ earnings are comparatively low compared to other organisations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice if temps/agency workers were entitled to some of the benefits of full time staff employed by the University.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The best career move I ever made

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Post Doc
    Current Employee - Post Doc

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning, training, experience, good people, relaxed environment, flexibility, reasonable salary.

    Cons

    Short term contracts and uncertainty. Institutes in mech eng are top heavy and ts easy to be ignored. However, you need to look after number one, and get the best possible experience you can before moving on. Bureaucracy is unbelievably bad here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is advice to research councils. Stop/go money and mega competitive tendering for research money is not conducive to steady and collaborative research. It encourages bitter politics and paranoia.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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