Edinburgh Napier University Reviews

Updated May 12, 2015
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  1. Good place to start

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small University good for communication amongst department teams. Flexible work arrangements and good holiday leave allowance.

    Cons

    New University so little focus on Research. Very poor at encouraging and developing early career Researchers. Securing funding or time off to engage in developmental opportunities (i.e. courses, seminars) went unsupported.

    Advice to Management

    Good staff are an asset. Set aside resources per employee to invest in them and they will give back in greater measures.


  2. Clueless students, admin and general lack of ambition.

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    If you get a permanent post you can sit it out until retirement.

    Cons

    Staying motivated. Having to deal with students that really should not go into university education. Dealing with staff that have no ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Prune aggresively and nurture only the best.


  3. Depends on the professor you work with

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University

    Pros

    -Facilities are rather ok -Nice people

    Cons

    -Location a bit far -Cafeteria a bit expensive


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great atmosphere and salary

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    Former Contractor - Research Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Contractor - Research Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The department in which I worked had an excellent atmosphere, and my supervisor would bend over backwards to try and keep an employee that he considered valuable.

    Cons

    As with most companies these days, the University has a limited budget, which has lead to a decrease in the number of permanent contracts being awarded.

    Advice to Management

    Consider rewarding some of the more productive members of staff with permanent contracts as I'm sure stringing them along with bits and pieces of temporary contracts will only keep them for so long.


  6. Great place to work, lots of opportunities to make your mark, interesting projects

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly accessible staff, lots of opportunities to make your mark, very linked up with industry practice, Napier is doing some really interesting things I think and the impact is starting to be really felt now, especially in technology and creative areas. To work here right now is to feel part of something very progressive. Well paid too, would especially recommend to practice-led academics - less so for traditional academics types

    Cons

    The canteen is cheap but poor yes - but there are a dozen trendy cafes yards away however and the Merchiston campus is in a great location. Like lots of jobs these days contract rather than permanent work is often what's on offer.

    Advice to Management

    I get that all uni have issues with red tape but the less there is the more successful Napier can be. Starting to see this situation improve this year


  7. Good place for a summer internship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Intern In IT in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Intern - Summer Intern In IT in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The projects available are quite interesting and apart from your regular project you can take a wee part in many other projects. The atmosphere is nice and friendly.

    Cons

    Not many really. The salary was not high (but it depend on internship programme) and the infrastructure (e.g. canteen) was rather poor.


  8. Napier Researcher

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University

    Pros

    Napier is a fun University to work at and the other staff are friendly and fair. Generally a good place I would recommend

    Cons

    Academically it is not very strong and there can be a lack of others who are really committed to academic research. But this would depend on department obviously.


  9. Chaotic work environment

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    Former Contractor - Demonstrator in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Contractor - Demonstrator in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Employees are helpful and friendly. Most teachers are very knowledgeable in their respective fields and will give you exactly the answers you need.

    Cons

    The complete lack of communication between teachers working within the same module means often nobody will know exactly what's going on. Some teachers lack the skills to teach, be it missing knowledge in the subject they lectures in, missing verbal English skills and so forth.

    Advice to Management

    Take complaints seriously if many file the same ones.


  10. this is not a proper university

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    none...nothing good to say, end of story

    Cons

    the staff lie the staff lie

    Advice to Management

    don't enrole here,


  11. Very good

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work time, continuous personal development, opportunities to engage with innovation and research.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, politics, lack of common sense in some departments

    Advice to Management

    Many of the corporate processes need serious efficiency reviews.



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