University of Calabria

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University of Calabria Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    I just stay there throug 3 month, so I do not much about this university

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calabria

    Pros

    Some of the best and the samrtest people I have ever worked with

    Cons

    Salaries are not great.
    I cannot say much because my experienc there was very short

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    You must be either passionate or desperate to take this job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Cosenza (Italy)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Cosenza (Italy)

    I have been working at University of Calabria as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. You get the chance to work on the things you like, with the tools you like. The cafeteria is cheap and the food is quite good and abundant.

    Cons

    No career opportunities.

    Your assessment is based solely on your research activities although you are often required to perform several other tasks as well (teaching, laboratory management, computers software, hardware and network management, etc).

    The working environment is awful: dirty, unhealthy and very ugly. You will have to clean your own desk, office or laboratory by yourself.

    The bureaucracy is slow, flawed and overly redundant. The procedures to get documents or apply for anything are old and inadequate. If you have teaching activities, you first do them, then after one year you sign the contract and after two years you will get paid... if you are lucky: sometimes they forget about it and when you remind it to them you might even get the blame. And the compensation is ridiculously low, compared to the amount of work and skills required.

    You will have to pay all the expenses you undertake with your own money (travel tickets, accommodation and food to attend conferences, laboratory appliances, keys copies, etc). After you have spent your money you can ask for reimbursement providing the necessary proof, justification and approval by your supervisor. Sometimes it may pass several weeks until you get your money back.

    You don't get any work benefit, bonuses nor severance package. The salary never changes nor grows due to inflation like normal jobs. You are obliged by contract to not have other income from any other job. The salary is taxes free, that means that basically you can't use any tax benefit. You will not be eligible with banks to get a loan or mortgage.

    Your contract can be renewed up to 4 years, after that you can never work as research fellow anymore, in any university nor research center in Italy. The acquired experience is often considered to have no value in the private sector in Italy and it will be easily seen as just a waste of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the salary to take in consideration the precarious position. Don't assign duties other then those specified in the contracts. Nurture the growth of your apprentices by frequently sending them to attend conferences and schools related to their research topic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Waste of time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assegnista Di Ricerca in Rende (Italy)
    Current Employee - Assegnista Di Ricerca in Rende (Italy)

    I have been working at University of Calabria full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -You learn a lot of stuffs.
    -You can quit in any moment.
    -If you became the lover of an important professor he will push you.

    Cons

    -You have to work on project x officially, but also on projects y and z. But the guys who works on projects y and z are not working on x, nor on y or z, because they are from an important family.
    -Some professors will ask you to make home-works for their kids or graduated sons (who make the scientist somewhere).
    -You write papers and implement solutions, but your name will be the last and n more authors will be added with no-clear criterion.
    -Professors will show you the carrot, but you will never reach it: and they will blame you in any case. They are always true and good!
    -When you go out for a conference and ask for reimbursement to your department you have to pay 5 EUR for the bank transfer, while employees mustn't.
    -Your wage will not change gettin a wife and/or a child, since it is IRPEF free.
    -For the same reason, you will not get 80 EUR from Renzie.
    -You are not an employee, but you cannot do any other job excepted teaching activities (which is ok for busy professors).
    -You are not an employee, nor a co.co.pro, so you cannot ask for any allowance from Italy when you loose your job.
    -You have no working-time, but if you go at home earlier your professor of reference will bother you.
    -Between two contracts, even if you are not payed you have to work for free.
    -Gelmini said that after four years you smell and you have to get another job: unfortunately Italian companies will not hire a graduated from more than two-years with no-experience, and they assume that post-docs corresponds to a null-experience. So prepare to move in another country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I will not waste my time here...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Forget about it!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Calabria

    Pros

    Only passion, work environment good and comfortable.

    Cons

    Low salaries, difficulty to do career.

  6.  

    Good company to work for if money is not your first concern.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator

    I have been working at University of Calabria

    Pros

    Good coworkers and mostly friendly faculty, good package of services and benefits included and flexible time schedule and personal projects appreciated

    Cons

    Long delays from work to pay and lower average salary than local companies and even compared to lower class faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check for money spills on the faculty and lower the higher class faculty salaries, pay more the ones ultimately doing the work to prevent their going away.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Nice work place!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Calabria

    Pros

    Huge university campus in a green area; good libraries; overall good professors; i would recommend is for engineering and science faculties students;

    Cons

    overcrowded classes; no parking areas; slow career paths; human studies degree courses are just ridiculous; administration people are generally very slow at doing their job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    decrease the number of professors in human studies; increase the parking areas; allow access through the highway; get rid of the concadoro bar and its owners

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