The Open University Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. A flexible company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staffing Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Staffing Coordinator in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at The Open University full-time

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

    Pros

    Flexible, work my own hours, free online courses, liase with candidates globally, good sales training courses, make my own schedule.

    Cons

    Can be isolating as work from home online. Salary is low with no bonuses. Health care plan not very good.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication on targets for recruitment. Improve upper management skills so can get the team to work more efficiently. More vacation days.


  2. Associate lecturer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Lecturer in Ipswich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Lecturer in Ipswich, England (UK)

    I have been working at The Open University part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the work is done whenever you can fit it in. The students are delightful, on the whole, and the job-satisfaction is excellent, as you get feed-back all the time. Also from monitors, who check you're marking to the correct standard. it is never boring, as each year's students are completely different, so one's work is never repetitive, even when marking 30 odd assignments on the same questions as the students, being adult, bring different perspectives to their work.

    Cons

    You are expected to "up-skill" yourself in your own time and with no help from anyone except colleagues, who do it voluntarily, but this may be true of many organisations.. This does, however, involve hours of extra work for which one is not paid.

    Advice to Management

    More time should be spent at staff development days helping people with skills related to pdf annotation etc.


  3. Nice place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Researcher in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

    I worked at The Open University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good friendly and flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Little disconnected from other departments.


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  5. Challenging but ultimately rewarding

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

    I have been working at The Open University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    opportunities to generate teaching materials in wide range of media, and to launch new forms of learning, also to conduct research with social justice aims

    Cons

    complexity of processes and systems

    Advice to Management

    focus on academic excellence in teaching and research


  6. Work with meaning

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Open University

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A Mission that you can get behind in an organization that strives to deliver the mission.
    Good working atmosphere
    Good environment

    Cons

    Currently the overall environment (HE) is going through a period of disruption and this is reflected in the OU, which together with a new Vice-Chancellor (CEO equivalent) means a lot of change is happening very quickly.


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    In danger of a slow death

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

    I have been working at The Open University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great campus, fascilities, holiday and pension. Very diverse and interesting place to work. Study the courses for free.

    Cons

    Absolutely no reward or recognition programme. Appraisals are a pointless and time consuming exercise. A job well done is a job ignored. Sadly the PVC who looks after the Marketing Unit keeps making poor decision after poor decision to the point where Marketing has been run by contractors or interims for 2 years to make a series of ill informed organizational and operational expensive errors. Meanwhile the PVC continues to apply blame everywhere but look at his own accountability of letting this happen on his shift.

    Advice to Management

    Get some more commercially minded professionals that are not interims or contractors and that leverage the existing skills, experience, capabilities and commitment of a dedicated workforce.


  8. A beautiful place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Open University (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working from home when it fits your life style.
    Good and friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    A lot of work is at home. It is not a problem for me, but sometimes it could be lonely.
    More contact with peers would be good.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to thrive.
    Update more often course material with result from research.


  9. Time to leave

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance with a good working environment

    Cons

    Poor management who appear completely unwilling to listen to their staff or make necessary changes to the organisation

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff more. Stop employing overpaid consultants!


  10. Ou as employer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Lecturer in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Lecturer in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I have been working at The Open University

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

    Pros

    The students are very motivated- you feel you are making a difference in their lives, it fits round other jobs/life events/ you can teach on-line from home

    Cons

    you are expected to keep up with IT with no support whatsoever- so when they brought in eTMAs we had to buy software. to be fair they did give some training but it has meant a lot more work for no more money. It is very IT based and I don't like to ask for help as everyone else gets on with it. It can be very isolating as you don't normally meet colleagues at all.
    No real career progression- there are staff full-time- incredibly few- and we part-timers are all fighitng over a very few jobs- although you could move to other universities.

    Advice to Management

    Give us more IT support- offer relevant packages at a reduced price/free as thses would be provided in any other employer.


  11. Fancy a job with no fun? This is for you

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

    I worked at The Open University (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Parking, nice campus, excellent pension and holidays. Excellent work life balance and flexible hours.

    Cons

    This has been the worst employment of my life. No recognition of any work well done (apart from the odd exception). Line management is weak and unhelpful and only interested in covering their backside. No fun to be had. Everyone is expected to get on with their work and any talking or laughing is met with heavy disdain. There is much telling off for doing things wrong but no praise for doing it right so if you are in any way thin skinned, AVOID. It's hell on earth and about as much fun as hard labour in a Victorian workhouse.

    Advice to Management

    Simply the organisation. Far too many stakeholders and a massive culture of mistrust and backside-covering.



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