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Queen's University Belfast Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
15 Reviews
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    Great employers

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at Queen's University Belfast as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexitime, good holidays, very friendly

    Cons

    Short term contracts, general admin department can be a little disorganised but that's no different to any university

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    not a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Research Administration
    Former Employee - Research Administration

    I worked at Queen's University Belfast full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    money stretches well as Belfast is one of the cheapest cities in the UK, the staff tend to be friendly and inclusive and welcoming. The gym is great, easy to get to and runs good classes at quite a fair monthly fee for membership (that can be paid directly from salary).

    Cons

    Where do you start? It is hard to recruit to Belfast, so the quality of staff is poor. On both the academic and the admin side the staff would simply not have that job/level outside of NI. It is skewed heavily local, so there is bias and interconnection between people that is not helpful. Everyone is either related, grew up together, or know the same people and in an effort not to offend nothing moves forward. It is Russell Group on paper only, the quality is at best 2nd or 3rd tier (and in some areas that is being generous). The University is complacent and reliant on government funding so it is there is help local people get some form of education and pay local people to be academics or well paid administrators as they want to stay near home- nothing more, nothing less. It is now struggling with the beginning of a hiring freeze. Bullying is rampant and no matter how many complaints are levied no one wants to upset a distant relative or relatives ex-school mate. The new VC is causing huge disruption due to new policies but it is unclear if it is the right kind of shake up. It needs to be reshaped and reorganized to move with the times- but you need to have the skills or vision to do that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent local university

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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I worked at Queen's University Belfast full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    QUB provides an excellent environment to work in with academic freedom and encouragement to develop and innovate.

    Cons

    Too many centralised functions and paperwork. Ironically a process designed to make efficiencies leads to many many more pointless meetings and paperwork (admin?) for academics all the while the central administration growing in number and incompetence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decentralise and significantly reduce your administration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good employer, but like all academia massive amounts of admin

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at Queen's University Belfast full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice boss, good fun with co-workers, easy to get holidays and time off and a laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    moderate pay, little or no work-life balance and trying to get something done takes months and dozens of people! No coordination on the online services. There are 4 different things you need to log into every morning just to stay up to date. The learning and career development modules are also no use. There are probably loads of things available to you.. but I've no idea where to find out about it or who to ask!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the multiple logins! Having a Queen's online portal is pointless if you also have to login separate to the library, wages, career and development and email! Have information on perks and things available to staff somewhere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Disorganised, rude admin staff, discrimination and toxic working environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I worked at Queen's University Belfast

    Pros

    Pay is good, you may be lucky - some departments can be nice to work in but these are rare at QUB as the toxic environment starts at the top and flows downstream.

    Cons

    Almost everything. Awful and immoral culture full of people fudging their work, lying and bullying others to cover up for their own insecurities and inadequacies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being pretentious and pompous and thinking you are up to the standards of a good university. Treat staff better and hire more people who are qualified and have a bit of common sense, rather than young naive kids with no clue what they're doing. Stop racism and discrimination against non locals, this gives qub a very bad international reputation, if it even has one!

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great employer in vibrant city

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at Queen's University Belfast full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    World renowned institution. Great 'community feel' on campus, among both staff and students with excellent facilities that staff can avail from.

    Cons

    It can take a long time to get things certain things done or approved, especially if numerous departments are involved. Can be hard to advance in certain fields.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good research marred by bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Postgrad Researcher in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Postgrad Researcher in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at Queen's University Belfast as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some excellent research goes on. Very friendly colleagues if you're from N.I.
    Small community. Quite easy to get to know everyone. Campus area quite small so not too far from anything.

    Cons

    Very insular - more likely to progress if you've done Undergrad, postgrad and postdoc in the University. 'Outsiders' can be alienated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try looking outside the QUB alumni pool for recruitment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great facilities, satisfactory work

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    Former Employee - Research Student in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Student in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I worked at Queen's University Belfast as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work on latest technologies take place. The people are helpful. The campus has all modern facilities. Trying to attract talent from developing countries. Free food and travel was provided.

    Cons

    The work is mediocre. I did not find the challenge I was looking for in the work. My work was not aligned with the overall research activities of the lab.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very international and pleasant place to work in

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I worked at Queen's University Belfast as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very well organised administration, big plus for international people depending on visas

    Cons

    Very equality based in the sense everyone gets equal recognition regardless on their effort, which can be very demotivating sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition and new challenges are great motivator

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A predictably strong working experience at a top UK university.

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I worked at Queen's University Belfast part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working for Queen's University allowed me to effectively balance work and study due to the university's excellent student jobshop. By concentrating working hours outside of term time and only allowing 15 hours of work per week the university ensured that working life did not interfere with my education.

    Cons

    Wages are paid one month in arrears. While standard for this type of work, the delay in payment was nevertheless somewhat disappointing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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