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University of Manchester Reviews

Updated November 27, 2014
Updated November 27, 2014
59 Reviews
3.3
59 Reviews
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University of Manchester Vice-Chancellor & President Nancy Rothwell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The university has beautiful buildings and a has a great history, both of which are quite attaractive youngsters (in 3 reviews)

  • Fantastic location close to the city centre (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Partially racist attitude of faculty members and poor quality of teaching which is far below standards of tier 2 universities in developing countries (in 3 reviews)

  • Academics are too busy with admin to do their research, supervise PhD students or prepare useful lecture notes (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great career experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Pros

    Huge amount of resources and very professional staff. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Paperwork at times moved very slow. Aging infrastructure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Multi-media Innovation - if it passes 20 levels of corporate approval

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Pros

    MG is one of the biggest media companies and is experimenting with doing some innovative things in the way of converging broadcast, newspaper and internet into one media company. Work for a Media General company and you get the opportunity to expand your knowledge across several different mediums, making you a more valuable employee.

    Cons

    Media General is highly dependent on the newspaper industry, which is a dying industry. They are beginning to move towards a "web First" strategy, but they are an extremely slow moving ship to change. Ideas take a long time to vet their way up to corporate, and most things take so approval on so many levels of management that often, its not worth the time or energy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off the newspaper high horse - its dead already.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of good aspects but depends on your manager

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Generally good employment policies as with any university. Good academic environment. Lots of other employees who are extremely generous with their time and help.

    Cons

    Experience depends a lot on your manager. If you have a problem with them (and they are a senior academic) you're unlikely to get much help, I suspect this is a problem with academia in general and not UoM specifically.

    Although lots of staff are extremely helpful there are also a fair number who want an easy life and are as unhelpful as possible!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Pros

    flexible, easy to work, on a zero hour contract, friendly people, surprises sometimes, can take holiday whenever

    Cons

    no bonus, zero hour, not stable, not really any progress with work, hard to get training, a bit messy as project still in trail phase

  6.  

    Great learning opportunity

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    Former Employee - Intern Software Developer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern Software Developer in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, relaxed, friendly colleagues, flexible work hours, high responsibility from start to work on projects that were very relevant to current university issues. My code is currently used daily by thousands of students.

    Cons

    I outperformed their expectations and did not have an additional projects to give me for several weeks on end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more projects available or allow cross division working to make better use of resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Research Assistant MACE

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really good place to work.

    Cons

    Comparing to other cities in Europe Manchester is not as exiting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working as Research Assistant give you the freedom to work at your easy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It provides a lot of opportunities, and very good for personal development. I have a good balance between work and life, and I have also made a lot of new friends there.

    Cons

    Personal safety in Manchester, many people said they were robbed in Manchester. It is better not to walk alone in the evening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great work but boxed career

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    Current Employee - SEO in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - SEO in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Day to day autonomy and flexable working. Stimulating, challenging, varied and interesting work. Lots of collaborative projects with imaginative people. Bike to work scheme, good pension and slary sacrifice scheme. Modern campus.

    Cons

    There is zero promotion possibility beyond SEO grade. Even getting incremental salary points for exceptional performance is nigh impossible with vague critera and moving political goalposts. This combined with below inflation pay raises since 2009 is demotivating. Recruiting Profs around the Unviersity whilst simultaneously bemoaning the finances to restrict pay is disengenuous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the cons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    PRETTY GREAT PLACE TO WORK

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Officer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Officer in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Culture of success and progress, incredible history of discovery and invention. Staff have a decent work-life balance in the main, and there are many benefits of being part of a such a large workforce.

    Cons

    Like any huge organisation, there can sometimes be a mire of bureaucracy and red tape when you need to get things done quickly,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make half the campus out of action over the summer with refurbishments and external conferences as it is difficult to arrange outreach work with limitations on space, and send every frontline food on campus staff on training so they understand that PORK CANNOT BE HALAL SO THE SAUSAGE ROLLS ARE NOT HALAL.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place for study and reserach.

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    world class people and facilities. Good environment.

    Cons

    Probably salary wise could be more competitive.

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