University of Sheffield

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University of Sheffield Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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4.4 25 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

University of Sheffield Chancellor Sir Peter Middleton

Sir Peter Middleton

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95% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Advanced software engineering

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPractical oriented, friendly environment, helpful professors.

    Conswork-life balance isn't so great

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    Been here during my undergraduate, masters and now PhD.

    PhD Student (Current Employee) Sheffield, England (UK)

    ProsGood support system, excellent union.

    ConsResources are limited depending on research group. For example if your lab doesn't have a certain equipment you want to use, the process of applying for the funding to get one or even borrow one is ridiculous.

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

     

    Overall satisfied. Transport facilities are great, beautiful city.

    Research Technician (Former Employee) Sheffield, England (UK)

    ProsGood working environment, supportive people, smart people, growth opportunities, great campus, infrastructure and facilities.

    ConsHR is very slow, no cloud storage facilities, payscale is okay, not great.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the layers in admin processing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great balance of being a good quality University, with countless clubs/societies and bars.

    Mechanical Engineering Student (Current Employee) Sheffield, England (UK)

    ProsParticularly highly ranked in engineering, with lots of investment in this area for future students. Good quality lectures, so many societies and clubs that you will never be bored, and plenty of great nights out to be had in Sheffield. Also a pretty cheap city.

    ConsSheffield is hilly so if you are lazy that might be an issue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing.

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

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    Student experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly, good reputation, great teaching

    Conscourse structure can change frequently

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

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    Pretty average experience for UK academia

    Research Fellow (Current Employee) Sheffield, England (UK)

    ProsExcellent research work, good facilities. Sheffeld itself is quite a nice place to live. and the University is close to the nice parts of town, with good schools etc.

    ConsMost reasearchers are hired on short term contract, conditional on research grants being secured. It can lead to a stressful life, as you never know if you'll still have a job in 2 years' time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe University could do more to support long-term researchers. Currently researchers are treated as disposable assets, which is not a pleasant situation to be in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Highly flexible, solid pay and enjoyable work

    (Part Time) Systems Administrator (Former Employee) Sheffield, England (UK)

    ProsMy work with one of the departments at the University of Sheffield was as a part-time systems administrator. The work was fairly straightforward but I was able to offer additional skills to the department that then allowed me to command more hours from them. The payment for working with the department was solid, it was pretty clear during my time with them what it was they wanted from me and weekly meetings between the staff and management ensured that everyone was reading from the same page.

    ConsDue to the nature of the job (part-time, one academic year of employment only) there wasn't a huge amount of scope for progression within the department or indeed within the University as a whole.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt wasn't until I started working for the University (as well as studying there) that I realised how poor inter-departmental communication and cooperation is. Senior management at the University would do well to encourage and foster better relationships between these units.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to meet smart people who are motivated and passionate in engineering

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Sheffield, England (UK)

    Pros-You meet lots of people who do great work and is also passionate about what they do (including the crazed and devoted academics).
    -The pay is quite high in comparison with the cost of living of the city and with the other universities around the country.
    -Very good work life balance

    Cons-As most research associates need to progress out of contracts, the only option of progression is to be a lecturer. The promotion to be a lecturer is really a hit and miss affair nowadays. It is necessary to work hard but not sufficient. You have to draw in grants and that is dependent on the flavour of your research topic and whether it aligns with the current trend. This may sound like the anti-thesis of academia, but it is true now that research is becoming less of an intellectual pursuit and more to advancing one's career.
    -As with many other places of work, networking is very important. If you don't network as a researcher, you are bound to be stuck in a stagnant position regardless of how clever or hardworking you are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome up with a better metric of performance and guidance for researchers. The SRDS seems somewhat inappropriate appraisal method for a research environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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