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Cardiff University Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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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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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good graduate employer!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Work life balance: very good/ Culture & Values : dissastified/not paiyment the first month

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    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

    I worked at Cardiff University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High scientific level due to the presence of well-known scientific professors , pretty good working conditions (well-equipped laboratories, university restaurant).

    Cons

    You don't receive your income the first month you start (they never tell you it before you arrive until your first working day). They could be not fair concerning the conditions of employment the first month you started.

     Some staff members used to make racist jokes against some foreigner staffs. This behaviour encourage some students and trainees to be irrespectuous as well against foreigners despite their experiences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Payment should be done the first month.
    Academic staff should send or oblige their students to make their their research project abroad like a lot of european university already do. It will enable them to open their mind, to be more ressourceful and to enlarge their vision of the job market (not only Wales or Bristol limited).

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Excellent atmosphere with equal measure of challenge and excitement

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    Current Employee - Graduate
    Current Employee - Graduate

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

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Chilled out experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Great Job! I loved working you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Full of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)

    I worked at Cardiff University as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    One to one management meetings where opinions are gauged and acted upon

    Cons

    Colleagues are in it for themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Its an exciting experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher

    I have been working at Cardiff University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy the good work life balance
    3D seismic lab is a world class research lab
    Good working environment
    exciting people to work with

    Cons

    Its always wet in Cardiff
    Organisation with schools could be better

    Recommends
  9.  

    Rubbish

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardiff University

    Pros

    Managers need review they are tyrants

    Cons

    Woeful management would never go back there again

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fixed term contgract uncertainty

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cardiff, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Cardiff University

    Pros

    big emplyer where everybody is threated with respect

    Cons

    Research Associates work on fixed term contract and are expected to go when the project ends. This help keep the cost employers low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Postdoc work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cardiff, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Cardiff University

    Pros

    Good city, good university. Nice atmosphere at work. Good quality of research. Cardiff is a nice city with parks and seafront.

    Cons

    Fixed term contract running out in 3 years. No possibility of extending the contract. In a Postdoc it is sometimes hard to motivate yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cardiff University is a good university doing top level international research. It would be nice to see the research funding increased.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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