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University of Leeds Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
University of Leeds – Leeds – “University of Leeds”

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3.6 31 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

University of Leeds Vice Chancellor Michael Arthur

Michael Arthur

(9 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Leeds by name but not by nature!

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

    ProsMostly 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementTake 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    enjoyable but definitely room for improvement

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

    ProsLove 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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

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

    ProsThe entire atmosphere and environment.

    ConsThe organisation and the lengthy time for project leading.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good and efficient working

    PhD Researcher (Former Employee)

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsIt 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.

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    Research technician

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

    ProsGood environment, Informal, Academic, Nice place to work

    ConsNot much prospects of career development

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Flexible, exciting leading edge research institute, problems engaging interdisciplinary activity

    Experimental Officer (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible 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

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementThink about how different fields can better interact

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThe university rules and management area,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Well organized, impossible to get a permament position though.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementUniversity is not only about making money.

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    OK.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsReputation of certain scholars in the university

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

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    Does Leeds Lead?

    Manager (Former Employee) Leeds, England (UK)

    ProsA 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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