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Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
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    Top research body in UK

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds

    Pros

    -Great experience in participating in a research project over the summer as an intern. From experimental design to conducting data collection, data analysis to writing up of a research report.
    -working very close to supervisors, great advice and support
    -self-motivational in completing the project

    Cons

    -limited in relevance to other career paths (perhaps this is specific to the area you focus in and what you want to do in future)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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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.  

    The overall experience was satisfactory and pleasant.

    Former Employee - Sub Warden in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sub Warden in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The experience gained here is invaluable. Every minute detail would be a great insight. The team work would inhibit quite a lot of new talents and there is much more that can be learnt .

    Cons

    The timings of the work might not be always according to ones requirement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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
  6.  

    Ambitious interdisciplinary research

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bioinformatics Research Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Bioinformatics Research Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A great working environment with supportive management and lots of opportunities to be involved in interdisciplinary research of a really high standard. Work-life balance was very good, and managers allowed me a lot of freedom in working hours.

    Cons

    The future direction of the research faculty I was part of wasn't especially clear. There had been some cuts because of the recession which left some research areas looking a bit short staffed (although this wasn't true of my group which was well supported).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A forward thinking institution

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leeds

    Pros

    A strong future lies ahead for the university - Investment, both in facilities and people etc. Top 50 uni in the world aim by 2015

    Cons

    Academic environment sometimes infringes upon a strong business minded approach - A flaw at most HE institutions however...

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    Good employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leeds

    Pros

    Annual pay rise, extra days off after bank holidays

    Cons

    General lack of promotion opportunities

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    An employer that gives its staff a lot of consideration.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of working hours, terms and conditions. Friendly people. So much is given to staff that you are happy to give more back when it is needed without grumbling, like putting in extra hours.

    Cons

    Red tape, bureacracy and paperwork (real or virtual) can sometimes be a barrier to completing tasks or in most cases draws out the time it takes. The academic/management 'hierarchy' can make it confusing who you need to get to make a decision on something. Too many and too frequent reviews and restructures of schools and institutes which result in extended periods of no progress due to financial freezing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Disseminate the management structure with the names of the individuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    a great place to be depending on your department

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    Current Intern - Lab Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Lab Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    vibrant city and campus vibrant city and campus vibrant city and campus vibrant city and campus vibrant city and campus vibrant city and campus

    Cons

    some old habits need to be replaced with new ideas some old habits need to be replaced with new ideas some old habits need to be replaced with new ideas some old habits need to be replaced with new ideas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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