University of Westminster

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

I have been working at University of Westminster

Pros

expansion in specific field related areas

Cons

not very research friendly place, can imporv

Advice to ManagementAdvice

can make univ more research friendly

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    A university in London, but so what?

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    Current Employee - Academic in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Academic in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Westminster

    Pros

    The best reason that I can think of for working at the University of Westminster is that it has a central London work location. This make is easy for socialising in town after work.

    Cons

    There is a lot of internal confusion at Westminster. The management structure is very hierarchical and leads to a virtual standstill as far as information distribution is concerned. This often leads to staff frustration, as people are just not aware of the decisions that are being made by the Senior Management Group. Furthermore, there is also a style of management which is somewhat worrying. During every meeting between the so-called 'management' and staff, there is a member of the HR department who is present and taking notes. Why? One assumes that Big Brother has left the building and Big Sister has taken over the role!

    As far as staff are concerned, there is a general apathy that is developing now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your staff who work on the front line. surely they have the knowledge, skills and expertise with which to make informed decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Okay, but not inspiring.

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    Former Employee - Computing Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Computing Officer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Westminster

    Pros

    If you want to work in Higher Education, they tend to pay better than other London Higher Education Institutions. You are working with students whose enthusiasm is refreshing. Working in Central London is always nice - it's easy to travel after work, and the University has enough money to provide decent tools needed for work.

    You're working with academics, so it's not usually hard to find half-way intelligent conservation.

    They are a pretty good employer in terms of flexibilty, and benefits - public sector pensions are still nice to have, and stress levels are generally low.

    Cons

    There was very little leadership or accountability when work needed to be done. Up until recently was the pace of change was glacial, and is likely to continue to be relatively slow-paced, as many employees have been there a very, very long time, and are quite comfortable doing what they are used to doing.

    There is also the simple fact that you are a tiny cog in a huge machine, and there seem to be endless committees responsible for areas that really need a tightly focused team working on them, rather than people meeting once every few months.

    There is still a ;inferior ex-polytechnic' mentality throughout the organisation compared to other established, successful London Universities. This can be quite draining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage performance better - there were very few targets to work towards, and reviews were few and far between.

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