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University College Dublin Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
26 Reviews
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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
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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
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    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
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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
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    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
  7.  

    Very nice place to learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College Dublin

    Pros

    People are very approachable and help you to improve,a lot of different departments give you large amount of possibilities

    Cons

    Is such a big place that every department is specialise in 1 area,very distributed tasks

  8.  

    Amazing growth opportunity, poor accomodations

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    Former Employee - Research Postgraduate in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Research Postgraduate in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    The equipment in the scientific Schools and Laboratories is state of the art, therefore it allows you to be always uptaded; depending on your specific supervisor, training can be easier or harder, but always specific to your job; people are absolutely welcoming and informal: you could say "Hi, Johnny" even to the Dean of the University; bureaucracy is extra-light; the campus is surrounded by green areas.

    Cons

    The job environment has no cons, the real problems come at the end of the day.
    Accomodations in Dublin are terrible: cold, poor plumbing, poor electric systems, and all these hold true for newly built homes, too: it's just the Irish way; Irish food culture is also terrible: avoid canteens and restaurants, bring lunch from home.

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  9.  

    Fantastic learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Tutor in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at University College Dublin part-time

    Pros

    Tutoring is a fantastic learning experience.

    Cons

    depending on the time of year the deadlines can be difficult

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Very good workplace. Friendly staff and students

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College Dublin full-time

    Pros

    Work atmosphere is very good

    Cons

    The beginning pay scales for post doctoral researchers is very low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Engineering Postdoc

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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 as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice working environment
    Flexible hours
    Nice campus

    Cons

    Lowered Salary scale than previous years
    Researcher taken off scale after two years to avoid pay increase
    Researcher limited to 4 years to avoid giving them permanent positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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