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Business Development Account Manager – new

University of Reading Reading, England

The University Careers team has successfully secured funding to expand, which has resulted in this exciting new role being created within the… University of Reading


3 days ago

Chef de Partie x 2 – new

University of Reading Reading, England

We are seeking to appoint a skilled and motivated chef to join our team working at Henley Business School. The successful candidate would… University of Reading


5 days ago

STEMNET Project Administrative Assistant

University of Reading Reading, England

Sitting within the Marketing, Communication & Engagement function, the STEMNET project team works to promote Science Technology, Engineering… University of Reading


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

    Pros

    Good pension and a lot of training opportunities available. Leave available is alright, as you get closure days around Christmas and Easter but if you don't have a family and want to take these days at other times not so flexible. It's a good place to start if you're interested in a career in Education. You don't get paid overtime but you can claim it back as time of in lieu. For a grade 4 post hours tend to be 36, but I have always worked more than that. You can also apply for an NUS card which is a small benefit.

    Cons

    IT is poor and is very behind other Universities. You can't take leave during term time. Ability to work from home has mixed messages. For a small University the attitude is quite arrogant and having studied at a University in the Russell group, it's no where near that standard. Pay does not cover workload expected of administrative staff, especially as they are currently making cuts to admin. Management don't communicate changes down the hierarchy. There isn't much opportunity to be rewarded for hard work and it's incredibly hard to progress if you aren't working in research or academia. Other Universities pay higher salaries to administrative staff. During personal circumstances I have found management not helpful or supportive and there is no encouragement to progress staff up the career ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Re-balance your priorities, without administrators the courses won't function.


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