University of Leicester Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. a little chaos

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    good salary for part-time job

    Cons

    a weak organisation in department;


  2. Student Job

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    Current Contractor - Kitchen Assistant in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Kitchen Assistant in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leicester as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generally, a good flexible place to work as a student able to fit to your schedule. Direct bosses are passionate and friendly, and generally there's a good "vibe".

    Cons

    Sometimes, upper management interfere pointlessly with day-to-day operations, and don't take feedback well. They also sometimes make awful judgement calls which they don't seem to suffer the consequences of, rather "passing" the failure onto those below who had to follow orders.

    Advice to Management

    Be more receptive to criticism, add an anonymous method of employees getting in touch. Take more time to review decisions that could potentially waste a lot of time, effort and money.


  3. Working at University of Leicester

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The work life balance is good at UOL. There is good flexibility to allow staff to work from home from time to time. Generally friendly working environment.

    Cons

    Pace of projects can be slow as there is a high level of bureaucracy. Project Managers often have to assume the role of BA, Test Manager etc. Can be difficult to get decisions on projects / buy in from non-IT stakeholders

    Advice to Management

    Continue to try streamline processes. Things have improved over recent times. Focus on delievring the projects that are a higher priority and will delievr benefit. Be prepared to put projects on hold that are lower priority as the need arises.


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  5. Friendly and professional

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leicester as a contractor

    Pros

    Provides excellent training, a considerate working environment that provides equal opportunities for all. A really strong sense of being in a team and a feeling that you could advance yourself.

    Cons

    A very large pool of employees and in many areas no regular hours are guaranteed so would be precarious for a full time position. But the roles are predominantly marketed to students so this is unsurprising and not a problem.

    Advice to Management

    I feel that all my superiors have been incredibly facilitative, training has been excellent and everyone is very approachable.


  6. A great, caring place to work.

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    Current Employee - Research Study Administrator
    Current Employee - Research Study Administrator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong work/life balance, caring employer offering lots of support. Calm and appealing campus next to large park. Department specific but no agressive managment/leads.

    Cons

    Admin Role specific but can be repetitive and mundane with little variety.


  7. Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Academic
    Current Employee - Academic
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some colleagues are inspirational, especially considering the climate, which is very political and horribly depressing.

    Cons

    They bring young academics in from around the world and work them to death. They do not deliver on their end- no recognition, no promotion. Just endless pointless staff development courses to placate you. They take advantage of you every way that they can. They are happy for you to move on. They are happy to replace you with someone cheaper, another young fool. Run from this place.

    Advice to Management

    You should look more closely at what goes on in the Colleges. I've seen some appalling behavior in my time. Just disgusting the way people are treated.


  8. Great to work for

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrator in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great cpd, training and opportunities. Good flexibility of working hours. Great reduced gym membership for two gyms. And notifications of many many free lectures and events across campus.

    Cons

    Sometimes getting things done/approved can be problematic. Large open plan office can also be a problem re lighting, temperature and noise but that is no diffent to any other shared open plan space.

    Advice to Management

    Give a decent pay rise more often - top managers seem to have one!


  9. Very supportive and friendly atmosphere. Well structured and fluid workload with scope.

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    Current Employee - Research Administrator in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Administrator in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours - I am often able to fit a 7 hour day between the hours of 7am and 9pm which is good for when I have other commitments. Self structured working allowing me to use variation when a particular area of work gets tedious or boring. If I need something all I have to do is ask (stationary, advice, contact info, training etc...). My particular field of work allows me to advance my knowledge through low level research posters and attendance at relevant conferences and meetings. Although not specified in the job description it certainly helps expand my knowledge and understanding!

    Cons

    Certain areas of work are tedious and boring but often need doing to meet deadlines and data submissions. Flexibility is based upon what workload is needed/not needed at the time. Career opportunities aren't often available and are often unclear. Pay is pretty low compared to others my age (26) and the pay scale increments only come around once a year AND you hit a 'ceiling' after 5 years.


  10. Very conservative governed by the administration university.

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leicester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relatively reasonable pension scheme. Attempt to meet Athena Swan criteria.

    Cons

    Very little (compared to other university) paid leave - 25 days p/a. Unrealistically tough promotion policy (requirements are higher than those in Oxbridge); promotion is not based on skills but on political policies within the university. Faculty carry too many administrative responsibilities; very little time for research; teaching load is too high and actual interaction with students is very much time consuming without any significant benefit (for the students and for the results); unrealistic attention to individual students complaints (instead of looking at statistics).

    Advice to Management

    Cut on administration (which seems to be unrealistically in numbers) and generates useless tasks just to justify its existence; more departmental independence in finances; hire more teaching-prevalent staff at appropriate high level to relieve the research staff for doing research and achieve high REF. Increase paid leave at least to 30 days p/a (preferably 35). Cut on cosmetic campus investments (as recently installed useless statue in front of the library) and invest in more faculty positions.


  11. Inspiring

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leicester provides a flexible balanced workload, anice friendly atmostphere and great research opportunities. There are increasing interdisciplinary projects both within the university and with other universities in the UK and abroad. Leicester has a good environmental standard showing others the way forward. I have been working here for 3 years now while completing my PhD but before that I was a student for 4 years. It is a great university and they cannot get rid of me!

    Cons

    There needs to be more opportunities for career progression of junoir staff members (such as myself) and a more rigourous mentoring system. It is easy, especially for graduate teaching assistants, to get lost and forgotten about.

    Advice to Management

    Career advice for junior staff who may consider becoming a lecturer should be provided as well as a better avenue to progress in your career without quitting and re applying.



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