University College Dublin Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. Company Culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Developer
    Current Employee - Lead Developer

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Terrific company, great work life balance. Very supportive management team that strongly encourages individuals to share ideas and act on their own initiative.

    Cons

    None to date. The company is still early stage, so it remains to be seen how things will evolve as it grows.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Research Postdoc

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher

    I worked at University College Dublin

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

    Pros

    Friendly students and staff and excellent research facilities. Good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Food choice on campus is not great. Difficulties between department management and higher management mean some key areas are short-staffed which affects research. Too much focus on "innovation" and commercialization. Some academic courses and departments are badly balanced. Nearly impossible to find accommodation near the campus but this is a citywide problem.

    Advice to Management

    General lack of support for academic staff who tend to be overworked.


  3. Positive place to work

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

    I worked at University College Dublin

    Pros

    Creativity, self-directed, research orientated, work-life balance is excellent. Nobody micromanaging. Room to grow and improve.

    Cons

    Need to be self-motivated. Job can be made as easy or as difficult as you feel able to handle.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure all workers receive equal workload. Stop putting excessive workloads on the better people.


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  5. Quite different to working in industry

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Officer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Marketing Officer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at University College Dublin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lovely campus environment, relatively stable employment security, working with smart people to educate the next generation, solve problems and innovate, help make the world a better safer place

    Cons

    Some (a few) long-time tenured employees do not feel the need to perform, work hard or be accountable. Some units not well managed, slow to adapt, change and respond to opportunities.


  6. Marketing Development Programme - Great Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Advisor in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Marketing Advisor in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at University College Dublin full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    For graduates it is perfect place to gain valuable industrial experience.
    Working with big enterprises

    Cons

    As it is for students and considered a degree, it is not paid


  7. Very nice work envieronment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College Dublin

    Pros

    comfortable environment
    on time salary
    good culture

    Cons

    Limited salary
    not a very famous place


  8. Great experience doing research at UCD.

    Current Employee - PhD Student in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Great resources for doing research at the university. Great staff available as well. Moreover, the facilities that students have are really nice: campus, sports centre, pool, sauna, etc.

    Cons

    It is almost impossible to get a permanent position once you complete a PhD at University College Dublin. Moreover, prices in campus are not really reduced for students budget.

    Advice to Management

    Discounts for students on food.


  9. Doctoral studies at UCD

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at University College Dublin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    UCD is a well-recognised multi-disciplinary institution with many opportunities to collaborate between labs, and with good interactions with other universities in Ireland. As an international PhD student, I felt welcome and integrated in a very friendly and enjoyable work atmosphere, which does make the difference on my personal motivation.

    Cons

    As any academic institution, administrative aspects can be sometimes difficult to learn or organise (access to grant, travel refund). The systems are there to make this easier, but can be difficult to find without external help. Supervisors should be there to help navigate through this, and the school offices when they are open.

    Advice to Management

    Again, an academic institution. There are infrastructure present to help, but some of it is left to personal efforts.


  10. Brilliant!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at University College Dublin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good resource and nice environment. Friendly staff to work with.

    Cons

    The boss can be quite demanding sometimes and this leads to a poor work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    none.


  11. Big, friendly university

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly, welcoming atmosphere, a supportive environment
    Fairly efficient if basic central administration (there seem to be less stupid rules here than at most other universities)
    Support in research and personal development
    Plenty of training opportunities
    Beautiful campus
    Great sports facilities

    Cons

    Challenging location: a huge campus in suburban Dublin with mediocre transport links, surrounded by expensive neighbourhoods
    A lack of funds (not that most other Irish universities would be much richer)
    Limited career opportunities (this too might not be better at other universities)
    Sometimes not enough attention seems to be paid to the quality of teaching and research
    Basic administration and central services, limited IT support
    Mediocre library

    Advice to Management

    Get more funding for research and teaching, undo the budget cuts of the recession.
    Focus more on academic quality without undermining the friendly, supportive atmosphere.
    Do not create unnecessary red tape.



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