University of Leeds
3.6 of 5 29 reviews
www.leeds.ac.uk Leeds, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

University of Leeds Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2014
University of Leeds – Leeds – “University of Leeds”

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3.6 29 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

University of Leeds Vice Chancellor Michael Arthur

Michael Arthur

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    The best career move I ever made

    Post Doc (Current Employee)

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

    ConsShort 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 Senior ManagementThis 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    An employer that gives its staff a lot of consideration.

    IT Manager (Current Employee)
    Leeds, England (UK)

    ProsFlexibility 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.

    ConsRed 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 Senior ManagementDisseminate the management structure with the names of the individuals.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    a great place to be depending on your department

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

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

    Conssome 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Generally, a lovely environment in which to work, if a bit a bureaucratic behemoth!

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Leeds, England (UK)

    ProsSome of the campus is very attractive, although spoiled somewhat by hideous 1970's concrete buildings. The pay is good, and the work varied. As an employee you cross paths with lots of interesting people, and opportunities for networking are good, if you take them!

    ConsMany curriculum approval processes are very bureaucratic and lengthy, and so the institution struggles to keep up with the speed of change in the modern age, particularly when compared to smaller competitors. Changes of policy are not always fully consulted on, or well-communicated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut out some bureaucracy, improve communications with staff and potential students.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience of working at the University of Leeds has been generally good with opportunity for progression

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

    ProsFantastic working environment with a focus on promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. There is good support from staff at higher levels and opportunities for development through workshops. Flexible hours and holiday are also a bonus

    ConsSome of the support from information technology and purchasing finance is not up to scratch. These departments can actually be obstructive at times. Leadership positions need to be more carefully considered

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry improve support to young researchers financially and in terms of future careers outside academia. supporting departments need to be refined in order to fascilitate productivity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pleasant and rewarding

    Student Ambassador (Former Employee)
    Leeds, England (UK)

    ProsA friendly community and pays well

    ConsNo cons come to mind

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are doing a great job, keep it up and don't become complacent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    university of Leeds PhD researcher

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosexcellent location, laid back environment, ability to direct your own research, big push on research publication / conference travel / work in progress decimation. stipend is not too shoddy either.

    Consthere are very few cons to speak of, campus life can be a little expensive, as can property rental in the city. Parking is non existent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Cleaner (Current Employee)
    Leeds, England (UK)

    Pros- Sense of community is good

    Cons- Low pay
    - Can be long hours

    Advice to Senior Management- Less levels

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    PhD researcher at the University.

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

    ProsThe University of Leeds offers an enjoyable environment and easy access to its staff in a great variety of department and competencies.

    ConsLack of communication and information within staff. It can be difficult to get in touch with the person that one needs to talk to for a particular problem due to the lack of information given to researchers on the current staff, and who to contact.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent working environment

    (Former Employee)
    Leeds, England (UK)

    ProsFor many people the university is typical of many stable academic institutions and will offer its non-academic staff a pleasant working environment, ample holidays and plenty of interesting activities when off-the-clock. All in all, the university treats its staff reasonably and most people seem happy.

    ConsRemuneration is definitely on the low side compared to working in the private sector, but this is typical of most universities. Only found out I had been 'opted out' of the pension a good while after the fact, without ever having been consulted. I was furious about this. Sometimes it can be tricky to get things to happen, especially with IT. Persistence and knowing where someone's office is can help when it gets too much!

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook into why some people have been 'opted out' of the pension system involuntarily. It would seem to be a serious breach of the rules.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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