Trinity College Dublin Reviews

Updated August 10, 2015
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  1. Short-term contract roles offer no prospects, no security and no real incentives

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Projects are small (research, pre-startup type of work, usually less then five people) so there's a wide range of stuff to tackle and be exposed to. There's often enormous freedom in choosing work topics, times, tools and approaches. The objective is to get the job done right, not bill for hours spent or to get something shipped, and you can often publish your work publicly. *If* you are fortunate and your PI or supervisor is good, it can be very intellectually rewarding, or financially (Havok, Iona and others all spun out of TCD).

    Cons

    There aren't many good PIs or supervisors. And a bad one will lead to a lot of mental stress from very poor management skills, technical skills, even basic people skills. Contracts are usually for less than two years, and job security or prospects for academic careers are currently nonexistant and that's unlikely to change in the coming decade thanks to government policy, budget cuts and basic maths (tenure track posts are few and oversubscribed by several orders of magnitude). Things you would normally take as granted as being banned by HR are rife. Work/life balance is nonexistant, and it is expected that you will accept this. Pay is lower than the private sector to start; if you're doing a PhD you're on a stipend of less than €15k per annum and *may not* earn more than that or you lose the stipend. If you're on contract, your pay is docked by public sector pay levies and pension levies even though you have no job security which is the usual compensation for those levies. If you are expecting equity deals or the like for a spin-out, you need to get that in writing well ahead of time. College policy will not back contract employees over staff in the event of dispute. The mental paradigm of PhD students being serfs to academics, and the newer paradigm of contract researchers being vassals of the department, are both rife amongst some sectors of the college, though a good PI or supervisor will not subscribe to those paradigms. Hopefully. Internecine politics is rife at all organisational levels from the board on down to individual academics, and in a wide range of severities.

    Advice to Management

    Make basic project management courses mandatory for all academics supervising projects or students. Give courses for prospective new students/contractors to explain what may go wrong and how to avoid pitfalls. Change the culture, fundamentally.


  2. Academic level salary but great research

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Trinity College Dublin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great research opportunities Nice weekly research activities Situated in city centre

    Cons

    Low salary Unpaid extra hours Unclear goals


  3. Research Assistant at TCD

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    Former Employee - Researcher Assistant
    Former Employee - Researcher Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Trinity College Dublin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to do research - I was working on a european research project. Great if you are doing a PhD at the same time like I was.

    Cons

    Administration - boss was unstructured and highly emotional. Made honest communication impossible and the experience much harder to manage than it should have been. Also put a lot of unneeded stress into my life.

    Advice to Management

    Monitor managers and have a blind review of research management


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  5. Interesting but no support from college.

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Trinity College Dublin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The campus is one of the most beautiful I've ever been to. It makes life very relaxing and calm. City centre oriented too.

    Cons

    There is no work ethic among a lot of staff. It can be very hard to get things done, especially non academic things like booking rooms, setting up accounts, IT, etc

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a complete reorganisation of the non academic staff, with a drive to get people to work significantly harder.


  6. Postdoctoral Researcher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Trinity College Dublin full-time

    Pros

    Nice location, well funded position

    Cons

    totally disorganised admin side of the university

    Advice to Management

    stream line administration of the university


  7. Trinity College Dublin

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    young staff, innovative, busy, cite centre location

    Cons

    red tape, no progression, poor work conditions, no benefits


  8. Exhibition Researcher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Reputation Great Network Great Space

    Cons

    Contracts are short and communication with management is poor, with no program to encourage contract employees to stay.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of smart Irish graduates would love to work here, we have lots of ideas but need support.


  9. Satisfactory

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Reputation, networking, diversity, experience, opportunities for further development

    Cons

    Really depends on the Department/School. Some are extremely inflexible, resist ANY change or improvements, and rarely hire young professionals


  10. Satisfactory

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great reputation and job perspectives, large organisation, competitive pay, some opportunities, training and further education possibilities, some amazing people and projects

    Cons

    Some departments: still exist in the 1960s, little recognition by the senior staff, slow to change, little effort to improve

    Advice to Management

    Treat junior employees better


  11. research postdoc experience - Trinity good employer, Postdocing hard career path

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Trinity College Dublin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, interesting projects, good reputation

    Cons

    little career progression, completely dependant on indvidual/PI



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