Sheffield Hallam University
3.3 of 5 7 reviews
www.shu.ac.uk Sheffield, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

Sheffield Hallam University Reviews

Updated Apr 8, 2014
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3.3 7 reviews

                             

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Sheffield Hallam University Chancellor Lord Winston

Lord Winston

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Easy going, friendly, intelligent people, great atmosphere

    Senior Lecturer (Current Employee)
    Sheffield, England (UK)

    ProsGood money, flexible hours, good holiday entitlement

    ConsA lot of paper work

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to staff and be flexible

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok work if you just want a job

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
    Sheffield, England (UK)

    ProsPay seems high compared to similar private sector jobs
    Many staff seem to be paid well for not too much pressure

    ConsManagement seem to be promoted on length of service rather than actual ability for role
    Lots of bureaucracy
    High number of managers spreading their work very thinly between

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromoted managers on ability not on length of service. Many managers are paid an obscene amount of money for very little work or talent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Friendly colleagues but senior management need to listen more

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
    Sheffield, England (UK)

    ProsGood salary
    Great holidays
    Friendly colleagues at your level
    Nice buildings to work in
    Great transport links

    ConsOffer flexible working but in reality is full time or job share
    Senior management need to listen more
    Not many promotion opportunities
    Managers constantly in meetings so do not get a sense of people s workload

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to staff more
    Discuss new ideas with staff on ground before implimenting changes
    Thank staff more often - a lot of people feel like they aren't appreciated
    Look at a decent pay rise

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good experience if right choices are made

    Student Ambassador (Current Employee)
    Sheffield, England (UK)

    Prosthink before u choose a course, else might end up going into a wrong profession. jndjdjewhjfjw

    Conscareer opportunities are not very good

    Advice to Senior Managementnothing as of now

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great experience, but no place to @go up the ladder'@

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sheffield, England (UK)

    ProsGreat staff and help from them. gained and built up valuable experience. the university itself is modern and friendly. good times

    Conssheffield is not a great city. tere is n space for growingn in the university

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    Disability Discrimination is Rife!

    Senior Lecturer (Former Employee)
    Sheffield, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible hours
    Fantastic students (especially the mature ones)
    Good support for disabled students (it deserves its reputation)
    Fair pay for senior lecturers
    Senior Union Officials get supported to attend meetings

    ConsVery few permanent contracts
    This means contracts are reviewed every year for as long as they can legally get away with it
    Awful disability discrimination for staff.
    Very poor at providing reasonable adjustments for disabled staff
    Very little communications with unions re changes to work practices until it is too late and everyone is upset
    Very unfair workload differences between staff
    Massive waste of money goes on because of management cock ups which take lots of meetings to sort out
    Too much pressure on ground level teaching staff to fulfil research, admin and teaching roles all at once.
    A terrific amount of workplace bullying happens here

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake workloads transparent so everyone can see how unfair you are
    Don't break the law in regard to disability discrimination
    Don't loose your best staff by only ever offering temporary contracts
    Ask the students who is the best at what they do and then reward the good teachers, not the lecturers who are good at filling in the right forms!
    Listen to your quality Union officials and don't make decisions without consultations
    Research the amount of workplace bullying that goes on and do something about it NOW!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    SHU - "The University for Professionals"

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sheffield, England (UK)

    Pros- Modern university with a professional and business-like approach.
    - Great colleagues to work with (but not necessarily in your department!).
    - Opportunities to be innovative and make inroads - especially if you're good at discovering and opening up new markets (and don't get discouraged by red tape).
    - Annual leave provision is generous: 35 days for academic posts, plus Easter & Christmas closure and some extra Tuesdays after Bank Holidays - fantastic!
    - Good pension provision.
    - Good sports facilities and staff membership deals.
    - Flexible work time - there are no 'office hours' as long as the job gets done.

    Cons- Like most university jobs, life is getting increasingly stressful - hours are getting ever longer, deadlines getting tighter and generally the 'to-do' lists get longer.
    - Middle managers are pushed harder and harder to generate more income, so pressure on staff is mounting. In the worst case scenario, the pressure just gets passed on downwards.
    - Lots of red tape, in order to get anything done you have to jump lots of bureaucratic hurdles.
    - Competence of managers varies widely - some are really good at people management, others are useless and just resort to a 'command-and-control' approach.
    - Work space is getting tighter and tighter - they try to move everybody into open-plan offices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess red tape and a flatter management structure would work wonders - there are too many chiefs around who try to protect what they consider 'their' territory.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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