Abertay University Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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  1. univrsity

    Current Employee - Software Developer UK in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer UK in Dundee, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Abertay University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    decent hardware infrastructure some helpful staff

    Cons

    not very clear marking criteria no chance of questioning the received mark


  2. Helpful (2)

    Bureaucracy gone mad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abertay University part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get the full Stalinist dictatorship experience, without having to pay the airfare to Pyongyang.

    Cons

    Expect to be buried in pointless paperwork - five timesheets per week in some cases, with the form changing three times in as many months - while monitored to an extent the Stasi would feel guilty about, with CCTV in almost every room. Take orders from central service departments, rather than getting their help or being left to do your own thing.

    Advice to Management

    Gut central services and management, devolve control back where it belongs: academic departments, not bureaucrats. When "corporate communications" exercises a veto over student coursework, and Finance deliberately octuple paperwork (from one timesheet per school per month, to two peer week) without getting fired for it, there is something fundamentally rotten.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Dreadful bullying employer who made me sick!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Divisional Leader (Senior Lecturer) in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Divisional Leader (Senior Lecturer) in Dundee, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Abertay University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small university where everyone knows each other. Potentially a great place to work!

    Cons

    Dreadful harassment "bullying" and in my case, discrimination. I have developed a serious incurable mental disability out of working there for 6 years and yet the local NHS knows what is going on!

    Advice to Management

    Put in place SERIOUS best practice HRM policies


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Little Empires

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Academic Staff
    Former Employee - Academic Staff

    I worked at Abertay University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some absolutely great people who want to make a change but can't and are continually stifled by the senior management.

    Cons

    Abertay prides it self on being a small friendly uni. Unfortunately the truth is the opposite. Empire building and protectionism is rife, small groups of researchers refuse to work with other small groups in fear of being swallowed up. The new graduate school is simply a cover for ageing professors with little to no research income or impact to siphon off money brought in by early career research staff. Staff student ratios are woeful in some subjects, which leads to intense over working.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to younger and ECR staff. When the old guard retire you are going to need them, forcing them to leave through lack of opportunity and investment is highly unsustainable.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good place but beware of bullies!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abertay University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many good academics that make an effort to keep high standards and ensure student learning.

    Cons

    Strong bullying environment. Be ready for massaging your manager’s (and other long serving seniors) ego on daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    It’s pointless to improve some departments of the university while neglecting others. Look at the business school (business & management): bullying, bullying, bullying in all shapes and sizes. Division leader and former division leader compete with each other in sophisticating ways of bullying staff, especially well-performing ones. Let some fresh blood in to get the School and University back to renowned Scottish standards!


  7. I have mixed feelings about this university

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abertay University full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many good people!

    Cons

    Bulling and blaming by supervisors in the extreme. The office environment is difficult: noise and other distractions related to the open plan office layout. You can’t do research here!

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about the position in the league table and act on unethical behaviour of managers and other ‘mentors’. Looking over the shoulder, emotional abuse and blaming for anything is not a practical way of achieving great results. Get rid of those low-level bullies who terrorise staff in the name of the student experience.


  8. Abertay is not the way

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dundee, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Abertay University full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Has some knowledgable staff who want to work hard, in spite of problematic management

    Cons

    Bullying environment. Many staff extremely unhappy. No investment in staff. Too much office politics/paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    Needs new blood at all levels - get rid of dead wood. Being a small university Abertay has the potential to be a great place to work. CEO has a difficult task ahead of him.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Lost its former glory!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abertay University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A number of excellent academics.

    Cons

    Extremely incompetent and unpleasant senior management team. Extremely poor, out of touch, and discriminatory members of University Court. Used to have professional proactive services, but now just paper pushers - HR, IT Unpleasant atmosphere of bullying and intimidation The University used to be an excellent place to work and a front runner in computer games education and other academic areas - I was proud to be Scottish working in a renowned Scottish University. Now they are an embarrassment to Scotland, to Dundee and to the Education Sector.


  10. From a small University, offered big opportunities

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abertay University

    Pros

    Lecturers with great experience and knowledge

    Cons

    lecture room sizes, Equipment in laboratories

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the Civil Engineering department


  11. Helpful (1)

    A dreadful university which may have improved with its new principal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Dundee, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Abertay University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    As you can expect in any university, interaction between staff is good, apart from politics!

    Cons

    Bullying, unethical employer unconcerned about breaking the law

    Advice to Management

    Should introduce good practice and reward good staff



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