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University College Dublin Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
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    Company Culture

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    Current Employee - Lead Developer
    Current Employee - Lead Developer

    I have been working at University College Dublin full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Doctoral studies at UCD

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

    I have been working at University College Dublin

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Brilliant!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at University College Dublin

    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 ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Big, friendly university

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Postdoctoral researcher for the past 2 years

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    Nice campus
    Friendly staff
    Relatively good work atmosphere

    Cons

    No career progression as a postdoc. Cannot even transfer between the PD1 and PD2 scales without re-interviewing for the position which essentially gives you no job security over and above a 2 year contract. Poorly paid in comparison to other Irish institutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Larger problems in terms of research funding in general which is not UCD's fault but management could help by providing more career opportunities and by reversing the PD1/PD2 framework which appears to be hindering progress rather than helping it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    PhD student opinion

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    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

    Each School works independently for graduate programs so each will have different pro's and con's. The largest pro for the School of Physics was the excellent admin and support staff. They were really willing to help no matter what the issue.

    Cons

    UCD is a large university and it is easy to get lost in the admin of the wider university structure. Sometimes there is too much red-tap for getting things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scale down the admin side of things. It is like a monster.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    It was a brilliant environment to grow and do something beneficial to other students

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    Former Employee - Student Caller in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Student Caller in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at University College Dublin part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The supervisors were very nice and understanding. The hours suited my course timetable and I was paid on time always. I learnt a lot about team work and communication

    Cons

    I sometimes went over the shift hours. The supervisors were so friends I sometimes got carried away and may have not been as serious as i should have been at all times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good work place

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

    I worked at University College Dublin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Environment. People are very nice. There is so many opportunities for a PhD student here. Visiting, lectures, seminars, international and domestic conferences.

    Cons

    Living expense around the campus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    UCD

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at University College Dublin as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lively interesting atmosphere, it being a university
    So many activities and clubs to join etc.
    Fairly stable job BUT only if you are a "permanent" employee

    Cons

    Fairly informal in office but hardworking

    Because of being big employer, I think I could go to HR if I had any difficulty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to offer Permanent roles as much as possible as "2 year contracts" provide no stability

    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Nice, early career life toward tenured academic jobs

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    Current Employee - Engineering Research Manager (Postdoctoral) in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Engineering Research Manager (Postdoctoral) in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at University College Dublin full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of freedom to work your own interests.
    Can get experience for any type of work, such as admin, management, developement, testing, etc.
    Work mostly for yourself.

    Cons

    Hard to make everything balanced especially if not experienced.
    A lot of deadline-driven work that inexperienced workers can hardly make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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