University of Manchester Reviews

Updated June 6, 2015
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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)

  • Recruiting Profs around the Unviersity whilst simultaneously bemoaning the finances to restrict pay is disengenuous (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great career experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Paperwork at times moved very slow. Aging infrastructure.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Get off the newspaper high horse - its dead already.


  3. Teaching Assistant

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    Former Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I had a great time working as a teaching assistant at the University of Manchester whilst I was completing my degree. The pay was very good and the hours were flexible.

    Cons

    The only disadvantage would possibly be that most positions were not openly advertised to everyone who was qualified for the job inside the University or the specific departments. You would have to follow lecturers to find out about the vacancies.

    Advice to Management

    Possibly create a system whereby the positions are advertised within a department or across relevant departments.


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  5. Academic member of staff

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    Current Employee - Academic
    Current Employee - Academic

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Large, lots of opportunities, excellent facilities, dedicated colleagues, bright students to teach.
    Stimulating, world class.

    Cons

    Very large, sometimes too much so. Over recruiting students and staff are over stretched. Staff stress and health affected.

    Advice to Management

    Look after staff better. Promote work life balance and career development. Prevent bullying.


  6. Graduate teaching assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay as a PhD student

    Cons

    Sometimes training is not sufficient

    Advice to Management

    Train all PhDs thoroughly on the sessions they are covering


  7. Good place to conductor research on engineering

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    Current Employee - PhD Student In Power Engineering in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student In Power Engineering in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good facility, excellent academics, great career prospect

    Cons

    PhD scholarships are not always available, especially for international applicants
    Strict supervisors


  8. Great place to do a PhD in Life Sciences.

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New facilities and university is constantly growing, building new and very modern looking buildings. Access to some of the latest technologies. Great support throughout PhD both from faculty members and graduate office.

    Cons

    Some workshops were a bit useless, but staff does listen to us and try to improve in the next year.


  9. Lots of good aspects but depends on your manager

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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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!


  10. 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


  11. Great learning opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern Software Developer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern Software Developer in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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