Newcastle College

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Newcastle College Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
7 Reviews
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    Awful, top down management practices at it worst!!!!

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    Former Employee - Program Leader  in  Newcastle, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Program Leader in Newcastle, England (UK)

    I worked at Newcastle College full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There's a lot of good reasons to work there - but the heavy handed management practices fails to allow thinking out of the box. As well as pitching colleges against one-another!

    Cons

    Avoiding the "power" of the management to make your life hell.
    Even the Unions do not rate this college, due to its dreadful management practices.

    Do a search on YouTube for some excellent videos, including a BBC 1 News review from 2011 - draw your own conclusions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top down management, is not a solution!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A challenging experience, but one where I have lasting relationships with former students and staff

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    Former Employee - Lecturer
    Former Employee - Lecturer

    I worked at Newcastle College full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    My colleagues and the students

    Cons

    The continual change which Newcastle College underwent, with no real purpose, which continually saw people being restructured

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your staff - the one resource you have which you need to keep and invest in

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    devious ways of releasing staff from employment and poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Lecturer  in  Newcastle, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Newcastle, England (UK)

    I have been working at Newcastle College full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    they pay each month mainly on time - IF your lucky enough to be a front line worker you've a chance of surviving the annual restructure

    Cons

    they have an annual restructure - placing many staff under threat of redundancy playing the reassignment game an then forcing people to take a cut or be made redundant at the last resort .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please be honest and don't change for the sake of change - it loses staff confidence in you and the culture of fear mentioned else where is a fact ( wikipedia entry)
    Joe the CEO needs to take an active role in the decisions made and not sit in the ivory towers in the west end John Marley centre but get out and about to see what we at the sharpened actually do ...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Newcastle college employment potential

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    Former Employee - Lecturer
    Former Employee - Lecturer

    I worked at Newcastle College full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Regular pay. Potential of staff training.

    Cons

    There is no pay reward or any recognition for the additional work load many staff now face, with little or no chance of promotion or pay increase. Staffing structures change to often to allow for planned improvements to be implemented. Not enough emphasis is placed on improving teaching. Instead lots of effort and systems are created to provide layers of misdirection to the detriment of teaching and learning.
    A wasteful organisation, in terms of staff and resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research the individual business departments and schools daily operational practices before presuming understanding prior to making financially motivated changes. Work to improve FE and HE students value for money in terms of their education and experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Enthusiastic, pro-active? Don't worry we'll soon knock that out of you

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    Former Employee - Administrator  in  Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrator in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)

    I worked at Newcastle College full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Like a lot of public sector organisations - holiday entitlement is great, you get lots. Pay grades are very clear and precise.

    Cons

    There seems to be a bit of an 'old-school' set of people, who are very behind the times in terms of skills and attitudes (sexism, racism and almost every other -ism) who for whatever reason haven't been removed from post. Processes are really behind the times - everything from HR to day-to-day working methods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be thought of as 'a voice for the future' you need to get rid of people who hold you back and who aren't on message. A little bit of innovation can be scary, but it is worth it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Admin assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Newcastle College

    Pros

    Good people, good wages, good location, decent work, not too difficult. Career prospects. They took stock in good team working skills.

    Cons

    As far as i am concerned I could not see any problems or downsides to working at Newcastle college. Good place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very well run college, good wages. They look after all their employees and treat them as individuals. Nicely run college

  8.  

    Company growth without the necessary culture and remuneration change to reflect the transition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)

    I worked at Newcastle College

    Pros

    Final salary package (how long for thouhg)
    some job security
    30 days of a/l

    Cons

    no performance recognised pay
    payrise not worth mentioning
    non existent bonus
    old small college mentality
    staff which being there long enough to be part of the furtniture and resist chaneg

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since the College group is so succesfull and in constant transition, remuneration should be amended reflecting the additional workload. High performers should be recognised and encouraged to stay and grow withing the management structure. Non existent bonus must be removed asap and overtime shoudl be included across the board.

    Doesn't Recommend

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