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Swansea University Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance Is Great, right by the beach.

    Cons

    Work Must Be Done Every Day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work Less

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    I really enjoyed my time.

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Give fixed term contract employees opportunities to progress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Horrid place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Swansea University of Bad Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swansea University full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Please leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Weak Management - always in 'crisis mode'

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

    I have been working at Swansea University full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Swansea University

    Pros

    Good Work life balance. Nice campus

    Cons

    medium to low salary scale as in all academic institutions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the pay matching commerical standards

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Nice and flexible

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Swansea University

    Pros

    Flexible working environment.
    Given a lot freedom in research

    Cons

    Contract research work only available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    research work in contract based. It will not good way to motivate the work spirit.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Swansea University

    Pros

    Great place to work, tension free work place. Good teams to work with. Positive attitude and constructive appreciation on performance.

    Cons

    City is not that attractive or vibrant. other than night clubs. unless you are a person living their life in pubs, there is nothing much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work, tension free work place. Good teams to work with. Positive attitude and constructive appreciation on performance.

    Recommends

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