University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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University of Edinburgh Principal Sir Timothy O'Shea
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Pros
  • Most people enjoy a decent work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • It is a very esteemed university, so you are surrounded by high-quality students and staff members (for the most part) (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The framework for completing a series of complimentary outside courses is very poorly organised and not really fit for purpose (in 2 reviews)

  • Some say that Edinburgh is an expensive place to live (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great place for a PhD

    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Exceptionally diverse environment
    Great support for computationally intensive projects

    Cons

    nothing that comes to mind

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Resident Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Easy and fun to do. Can get the benefit of 75% reduction in rent. Catered also for undergraduates living in Pollock Halls. Staff are really friendly and always there for you.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is difficult to juggle with university work if you have a lot going on, but the job itself is very rewarding and energetic. Sometimes it is difficult to attain to students who are being too loud or really like to party 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    The organisation is really good and the way the job requirements are stated from the start makes all the things bearable.


  3. Tutor

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    a few hours each week, perfect part-time job for a full time PhD

    Cons

    for a self founded PhD, the income may be not enough to support your daily life.

    Advice to Management

    a very good management


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  5. Business Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Good working hours

    Cons

    Limited career progression
    Pay is OK, not great


  6. EUSA Review

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    Current Employee - Eusa in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Eusa in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    working at EUSA provides the benefits of offering flexibility and a more laid back, easy work load that can be balanced with school work

    Cons

    Cons would be the lack of opportunity for work as many work for the association, thus reducing the amount of work one can do or partake in

    Advice to Management

    Advice would be offering more opportunities for work and advancement for the employee at the student association


  7. Great atmosphere, stimulating workplace

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Curator in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Data Curator in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A great atmosphere with varied staff, including in terms of interest/function (software developers, project managers, etc).
    Friendly and welcoming environment, it makes for an interesting and stimulating workplace.

    Cons

    Strong academic focus and less links to the "real world" outside academia's walls.

    Advice to Management

    Connect more with non-academic partners!


  8. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Writer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There's an inspiring atmosphere and a very positive attitude from colleagues. Salaries are good, as are benefits.

    Cons

    It can be a little bureaucratic, with plenty of rules and processes, but the same is true of most large organisations.


  9. I was good

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was a great university to work in

    Cons

    Has become much crowded and the quality decreased

    Advice to Management

    Nothing special


  10. Great University

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    Current Contractor - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Contractor - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good support for tutoring. Have had great opportunities to get teaching experience myself. The excellent gym is a great perk, as is the discounted (free) general interest classes that you can take.

    Cons

    Although Edinburgh is a wonderful city to live in you should be aware that it is quite remote from London. Also, as with any university, the bureaucracy can be a little tough to deal with.


  11. Friendly people and good work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tutor in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Tutor in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Staff friendly and helping, the administrative staff helps a lot with the paper work. The work is well organized

    Cons

    Problem to get paid alternatively (UK bank account absolutely mandatory...). Missing information on the exact content of the job



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