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Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
35 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 for 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
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    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 for 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
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    My experience at leeds University was unique and life changing. I was given a lot of opportunities

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The entire atmosphere and environment.

    Cons

    The organisation and the lengthy time for project leading.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good and efficient working

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher

    I worked at University of Leeds full-time

    Pros

    It is England so pretty well organised university. I did my PhD at the school of Chemistry. Technical staff was always very helpful.
    Good location for hiking trips and great student atmosphere.
    Decent modern equipment can be found all over university.
    Campus is pretty close to city centre.

    Cons

    It is north of England so don't expect amazing weather. There can be sometimes high working pressure. Some labs and buildings are a bit old.

  6.  

    Research technician

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    Former Employee - Research Technician  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good environment, Informal, Academic, Nice place to work

    Cons

    Not much prospects of career development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Flexible, exciting leading edge research institute, problems engaging interdisciplinary activity

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    Current Employee - Experimental Officer
    Current Employee - Experimental Officer

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours in a youthful working culture with very long holidays. Exciting cutting edge research institution and a real feeling of doing work of international value

    Cons

    Poor support structures (finance, computing). Support staff are excellent but the structures have not been designed to assist/benefit the staff.
    Lack of foresight in interdisciplinary activity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about how different fields can better interact

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    My colleagues were friendly but I was not happy with the management department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leeds part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues and there were some good benefit such as eating free

    Cons

    The university rules and management area,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Well organized, impossible to get a permament position though.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful administration, nice facilities, close to the city center.

    Cons

    Literally impossible to get a permament position. Not so much research money. Relatively few spin-off companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    University is not only about making money.

  10.  

    OK.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds

    Pros

    Reputation of certain scholars in the university

    Cons

    Unfair requirement on work performance; only some are required to work hard and evaluated accordingly

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Does Leeds Lead?

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds

    Pros

    A good amount of flexibility of hours and working practices can be found. It varies from department to department, however there is a definite emphasis on trying to get work life balance right, if not always communicated that well.

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions, just because you are an academic doesn't make you a good manager or good at setting strategy for running a large organisation.

    Did I mention slow???

    Politics.....and ego's, may be not that different from corporates after all!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out there and work in industry and bring your experience back, or at least stop hiding from it.

    Recommends
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