Heriot-Watt University

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Heriot-Watt University Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
13 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Consultant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Good work environment. DC is a fantastic place to live in, specially if you're young.

    Cons

    No vacations for consultants (it's up to your boss), no benefits either

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance evaluation should be more important. Hiring by experience and education not simple "recomendations"

    Recommends
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    It has a perfect environment

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    Pros

    Non discrimination, high quality of teaching materials

    Cons

    Companies values are perfect and we had several work shops on that issue. paid leave and allowances are perfect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I may suggest that for the non British professors who are working in different campuses, if the University management can help to get the British citizenship, it will help them for sustainable grow in terms of sustainable academic members. For example, I left there just for the reason of leaving in the US and become an America citizen. If they guarantied that after some certain years by law, I would become a British citizen, then definitely, I never left the University.

    Recommends
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    Research Associate in Mathematical and computer science department

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

    Pros

    Work time flexibility, good research environment, experienced professors

    Cons

    Not great opportunities for promotions, slow growth, small departments

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    Post graduate sutdent in International Business

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Highly organised university, good professors for the most part and a high level of education.

    Cons

    No real problems with this institution. They have everything quite organised.

  6.  

    Lab helper

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    Current Employee - Lab Helper  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Lab Helper in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    experience with students, lots of new ideas, programming skills enhanced

    Cons

    checking coursework, marking duties, meeting the bad students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better organising

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Higher Education - good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is a relatively relaxed atmosphere in the workplace. Buzz of students during term time gives a good vibe about the place.
    International environment with many students and staff from all over the globe.

    Cons

    Can be pressures of work at certain points in the academic year but ..... isn't there always!
    Difficult to see where promotion can come from without moving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to keep clear systems for encouraging free flowing communication throughout. Can get 'blocked' by individuals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice city, great working environment, excellent people, safe

    Cons

    Very cold in weather in the winter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

  9.  

    Strong performer

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    Departments have good link to industry and are active in applied research. Good opportunities to engage with top academics in Engineering.

    Cons

    Campus infrastructure is out-dated and does not offer a creative working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer rewards and incentives to teaching staff; encourage more staff-student social interaction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    fairly good

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    Current Employee - Lecturer  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    higly international in terms of lots of faculty members and students coming from abroad; very beautiful campus and proximity to city centre

    Cons

    decent reputation in UK and europe, but inadequate reputation worldwide; limited room for promotion and relatively low salary level

    Recommends
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  11.  

    Good employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good overall working environment. Excellent community spirit. Senior management are very good - strong strategic plan and appropriate spending in student related activities.

    Cons

    Long working hours, support from line manager can be appalling. Senior management are very good. Career progression is limited.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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