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Lancaster University Reviews

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
7 Reviews
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    Mindful Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lancaster University

    Pros

    Concentration on management skill development

    Cons

    Location is not the best for the school

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    A wide range of student jobs

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lancaster University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Approachable co-workers
    Flexible working hours to match academic timetable

    Cons

    National Minimum Wage for most part-time student jobs
    Many hierarchies

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    A comfortable place to work, but limiting

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    Former Employee - Computer Consultant in Lancaster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Computer Consultant in Lancaster, England (UK)

    I worked at Lancaster University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It seems too good to be true. Laid back, friendly, nice environment and interesting work with more freedom to learn than you could ever hope for. The social life is just great. You feel so lucky.

    Cons

    The pros lead to the cons. Nobody wants to leave and consequently the scales are congested. Also, it is hard to sack anybody as well, so the university politics are something you have to experience to believe! There are big "I am's" treading down others in an aggressive "dog eat dog" fashion to get the next promotion and "I want more money or I am leaving" attempts are made. The laid back environment turns into a rat race every time a more senior position becomes available. A mass exodus can then follow when there is outrage at who got the position, especially if the "I want more money..." attempt is allowed to work. If you are a graduate, but not a Lancaster graduate, you are held back and put down. Even worse than this though, there are the favoured ones that don't appear to be able to do anything wrong. And they get the rare promotions. It is all yawn-fully slow and frustrating, limiting, with no career development. Consequently you can stay too long before realising that although comfortable, you are wasting your time and watching your career go down the pan. Unless you leave. And that's the bit that is hard. And that is when the panic starts to set in that you need to escape and move on.

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    This a hard one to be fair. I had the most respect for the senior management and I know that I am expected to be severely critical of them and incredibly rude. However, they tried hard to sell the benefits of contributing to the university, actively acknowledged the "university politics" effects and understood the frustrations. In many ways they were and are really good. But, they can't change the true effects and the interests of the individual in developing their full potential. Hard as it is, and thanks for trying, after a while, you do better to leave. Finally, to the rude and aggressive, skin crawlingly arrogant, "big I am's" who "want more money or I am leaving", I hope your under-parts become infected with flees and your hands fall off so you can't scratch them. And if it is not your hands that fall off, then I hope something else does. Just so you know. They so spoil it for everybody else. But apart from that, and apart from being frustratingly limiting, it is really good. Though it can become rut if you stay too long.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    PhD student, resercher

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Lancaster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Lancaster, England (UK)

    I worked at Lancaster University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    high level of education , good people

    Cons

    I couldn't find any disadvantages.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Lancaster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Lancaster, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Top quality research facilities and lecturers. Supportive staff and good amenities on campus. Good location near the Lake District.

    Cons

    Some buildings are showing their age,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great learning experience in a nice environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lancaster University

    Pros

    My office enjoyed a good atmosphere and had a competent boss. We avoided some of the office politics which exist in other areas. Project allocation was based on ability and desire to learn a given discipline. Of course, deadlines and scope of work were taken into consideration.

    Cons

    Low wages. Sometimes, given the way projects were distributed and clients were accommodated there was a tendency for projects to creep beyond the allocated time.

    Recommends
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    Reasonable University employer

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

    I have been working at Lancaster University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible working time
    - Good pension
    - Opportunity to work with a broad range of people and students
    - Frequent travel opportunities

    Cons

    - Limited chance for promotion
    - Pay for car parking
    - Limited chance for advancement if not following an academic career

    Recommends
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