Swansea University Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Swansea Center, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Swansea Center, MA

    I worked at Swansea University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work Life Balance Is Great, right by the beach.

    Cons

    Work Must Be Done Every Day

    Advice to Management

    Work Less


  2. Research Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Swansea University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best place to work.

    Cons

    Department of Engineering is excellent department to work.


  3. Not bad, but...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swansea University full-time

    Pros

    There is good job security with the outstanding benefits expected in public sector work

    Cons

    Stifling management and an overall organisational culture that fails to support or value creativity and alternative approaches to problem solving. There is strong apathy and disengagement at all levels, often in response to the high degree of separation between different staff groups (academic, support, and senior management).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff more regularly, think outside the box, nurture talent and creativity


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  5. Respected university, leaders in engineering and research

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Swansea University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Recognised for engineering excellence

    Cons

    Lacking in practical application of degree content

    Advice to Management

    More practical application should be considered


  6. Never forget experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Swansea University

    Pros

    Wonderful city. Friendly environment. It is called frave yard of ambition because you dont want to leave the city.

    Cons

    As most universities, lack of permanent positions. Not very high salary.


  7. I really enjoyed my time.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Swansea University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay for good fun. Food and drink was provided on the job. Being trusted to manage your own work efficiently and correctly. Meeting new people and supporting interested candidates. A great way to develop ones interpersonal skills.

    Cons

    Members both from lecturing staff and potential attendees can get quite stressed and may take some of their aggression out on the ambassadors (a very minor issue).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  8. Easy process if you do your homework and show you have relevant experience

    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Swansea University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexi hours, can work at home when report writing, great first job for graduates

    Cons

    Personal growth is limited if you do not have a PhD.

    Advice to Management

    Give fixed term contract employees opportunities to progress.


  9. Horrid place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Swansea University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job. Of course you will only get yearly increments at less than the rate of inflation (now running on 8 years!), resulting in a net loss. And you get to work 50-70 hours a week minimum, but only receive pay for less than 40. But it's a job.

    Cons

    Everything, including the city of Swansea (horrid place).

    Advice to Management

    Actually treat your lecturers with some respect and provide the time and opportunity to do all the things you demand. And for your information, students are not 'customers' and a university is not a 'business'.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Swansea University of Bad Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swansea University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a beach nearby.

    Cons

    Abhorrent working conditions, no support for research, School run like a bad family business, management routinely breeches employment contracts and established practices, very, very bad personnel management. Perks based on 'performance' on highly questionable criteria, with skewed metrics and no transparency in the process.

    Advice to Management

    Please leave.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Weak Management - always in 'crisis mode'

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Swansea University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It is a job, at a time when jobs are hard to come by. Colleagues, as a group, are supportive and best-intentioned.

    Cons

    The middle and upper management can be negative and/or unsupportive, perpetuating an adversarial relationship with some faculty - with oblique and/or direct threats to job security not unheard-of (e.g. an attempt to cut Modern Foreign Languages in 2010-11). Promotion procedures are ponderous. Lack of strategic leadership in key, upper and middle management seem consistently to disagree on the direction of the institution. Upper management insists it is a ‘research focused’ institution, while middle management claim it is a ‘teaching focused’ institution, and faculty are told both things. Faculty are pushed to publish research (e.g. in relation to the Research Excellence Framework) while teaching loads are heavy and institutional financial support for research is, in many departments, minimal. The external threats of higher tuition fees and declining student admissions threaten the institution financially and yet the university continues to pursue a policy of rapid expansion, with plans to construct a second campus.

    Advice to Management

    Make an effort to make your employees feel valued. A culture of responsiveness and openness by management is desperately needed. Stop blaming faculty and administrative staff for problems, such as student dissatisfaction, which are caused or exacerbated by heavy teaching loads and unproductive administrative structures put in place by management. Develop a coherent strategic plan, agreed by management at all levels.



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