Cardiff University Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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Cardiff University President & Vice-Chancellor Colin Riordan
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  1. Overall, a great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardiff University part-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Demanding but reasonable management; good pay and conditions (especially holiday entitlement). Excellent colleagues and academic staff. Good training and development opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic, slow to make decisions and implement changes. Focus on academic endeavours means that support staff can be overlooked/underrepresented. Budgets being tightened - therefore more pressure on staff than previously.

    Advice to Management

    Management training should be compulsory and regularly updated for all staff managing teams.


  2. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardiff University full-time

    Pros

    Very flexible and good work environment

    Cons

    Can not think of any


  3. Good bits and not so good bits - like all companies/organisations

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative

    I have been working at Cardiff University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Once you're on an open-ended contract, working for the university is reasonably stable. There is a good work/life balance policy that allows you to apply for flexible working if you have good reason to request it.

    Cons

    One of the frustrations of public sector work is that if you stay in the same job, you reach the top of the salary band for that job and can't go higher without changing jobs. So even if you like the job and have built up years of experience and knowledge in the role, ultimately you get penalised for staying in it. It's a surprisingly stressful environment to work in - always far too much to do especially for academic staff but also for admin staff too.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce scheme whereby long-serving employees can be promoted to next grade in their current role. If they leave, the role can revert to the former grade.


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  5. Pleasant.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)

    I worked at Cardiff University

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity to build intercultural communication skills.

    Cons

    Nothing worth mentioning, to be honest.


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    Disappointed

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    Current Employee - Manager in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Cardiff, Wales (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Pleasant people to work with. Potential for flexibility. Good benefits, terms and conditions and remuneration.

    Cons

    I've been surprised at the lack of skilled organisation within the University; projects that don't deliver are not held to account, and staff are allowed to do what they like. Academic staff are particularly proud of their lack of accountability and I have witnessed numerous openly stating that they can do as they please without consequence. The converse is true for support staff who are not in receipt of the same flexibility with working conditions and similar; with many staff across all disciplines recognising this inequality and providing a shrug and "what can you do though" response when it's discussed. Recently it was noted that in half term many of the academic staff bring their kids in to work to save on childcare costs, the support staff are not afforded this same right. This all adds up to an organisation rife with inequalities and a bullying culture where academic staff are viewed as more important than other staff. And where projects are not delivered; therefore wasting funding and public money. I've been astonished and disappointed. I am seeking work elsewhere and would not return here for any reason.

    Advice to Management

    An organisation culture review is required with a range of measures put in place to resolve inequalities across the university.


  7. For research in School of Engineering

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardiff University

    Pros

    Nice and friendly place, and lots of opportunities.Cardiff is a lovely place for living.

    Cons

    Not many places to work so you may not want to move to Cardiff for a contract role.


  8. Perfectly fine part-time work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)

    I worked at Cardiff University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Worked as a RA while an undergraduate. Pay was better than what I could get at Starbucks et al. Worked closely with one of the lecturers who was very approachable.

    Cons

    Work could be mind-numbingly tedius for long periods, and then suddenly be intensely intellectual, then back to tedium. That's pretty standard for RA positions though.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be approachable. Actively encourage your RAs if you can, it's very motivating to have someone take a personal interest in your research.


  9. Good graduate employer!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Cardiff, Wales (UK)

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly recommend for new graduates or job changers. GOod work/life balance, excellent pay structure, staff benefits good and holiday entitlement generous.

    Cons

    Career Progression often limited unless you are willing to move departments.When change comes it comes fast and with fury throughout the whole organisation - so the ability to cope with change is needed.

    Advice to Management

    More roles between grade 2 - 5 to provide more progression opportunties.


  10. Excellent atmosphere with equal measure of challenge and excitement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate
    Current Employee - Graduate

    I have been working at Cardiff University part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent staff at the top of their professions. One of the best ranked universities in the country and located in an historic city

    Cons

    For me there wasn't really a downside. Would go back for the right opportunity


  11. Chilled out experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Cardiff, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Cardiff University part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The work involves lot of communication and involvement

    Cons

    Sometimes little stressful during busy times but that the nature of the job

    Advice to Management

    Great Job! I loved working you



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