University of Sheffield

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Highly flexible, solid pay and enjoyable work

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Former Employee - (Part Time) Systems Administrator  in  Sheffield, England (UK)
Former Employee - (Part Time) Systems Administrator in Sheffield, England (UK)

Pros

My work with one of the departments at the University of Sheffield was as a part-time systems administrator. The work was fairly straightforward but I was able to offer additional skills to the department that then allowed me to command more hours from them. The payment for working with the department was solid, it was pretty clear during my time with them what it was they wanted from me and weekly meetings between the staff and management ensured that everyone was reading from the same page.

Cons

Due to the nature of the job (part-time, one academic year of employment only) there wasn't a huge amount of scope for progression within the department or indeed within the University as a whole.

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It wasn't until I started working for the University (as well as studying there) that I realised how poor inter-departmental communication and cooperation is. Senior management at the University would do well to encourage and foster better relationships between these units.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to meet smart people who are motivated and passionate in engineering

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Sheffield, England (UK)

    Pros

    -You meet lots of people who do great work and is also passionate about what they do (including the crazed and devoted academics).
    -The pay is quite high in comparison with the cost of living of the city and with the other universities around the country.
    -Very good work life balance

    Cons

    -As most research associates need to progress out of contracts, the only option of progression is to be a lecturer. The promotion to be a lecturer is really a hit and miss affair nowadays. It is necessary to work hard but not sufficient. You have to draw in grants and that is dependent on the flavour of your research topic and whether it aligns with the current trend. This may sound like the anti-thesis of academia, but it is true now that research is becoming less of an intellectual pursuit and more to advancing one's career.
    -As with many other places of work, networking is very important. If you don't network as a researcher, you are bound to be stuck in a stagnant position regardless of how clever or hardworking you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a better metric of performance and guidance for researchers. The SRDS seems somewhat inappropriate appraisal method for a research environment.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work, Nice place to Live around, good for peaceful life

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    Current Employee - Administrator  in  Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrator in Sheffield, England (UK)

    Pros

    Job security, manageable stress level, benefits for employees

    Cons

    Less pay than industry. Recent system implementation is terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In last 3 years lot of money has been spent on 100th birthday and rebranding (in form of changing logo and other things). Was it worth taking the trouble..now lot of buildings still have the old logo! It was not needed..what was necessary was more marketing to bring in more students.
    Also new system from SAP was implemented..it feels all the money was not well spent..it didnt do much good..nothing works without training..and without exact steps..leaving everyone using the system frustrated...everyone complains..no one listens. Much better system could have been generated without outsourcing - with help of students and staff..it could have meant more time...but it would have taken into account user requirements rather than thrusting upon us the system SAP has done now

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