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University of Edinburgh Reviews in Edinburgh, Scotland

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
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  1.  

    Great University

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Friendly people and good work environment

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    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 an year)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Place to work on a in-between job nice people

    Cons

    Not the best management they need to invest more time in the staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more staff development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people, a lot of politics

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    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)

    Pros

    The people you work with are all really friendly and supportive. It's very flexible, a lot of people work reduced hours. It has the strong values of any non-profit, educational institution.

    Cons

    There is a lot of politics, the pay isn't the best, although no worse than anywhere else in the HE sector.
    It's a highly devolved and very hierarchical organisation.
    The grade structure and pay scales are fixed, and it's easy to end up taking on more and more responsibility for no increase in salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak to your staff, regularly.
    Break down the little empires - we should all be working for the University, not department X.
    Some perks would be nice, e.g. discounts for use of Sports Union and at the University shop.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good work-life balance but advancement difficult in IS

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    Former Employee - IT Team Leader in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Team Leader in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility on working hours, not too much pressure.

    Cons

    For non-academics, in-post promotion is impossible. Advancement is by applying for and getting senior posts. The problem is that these senior posts often go to staff in the immediate team. I.e. Getting ahead depends more on luck than aptitude and this is obvious in the quality of much of the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow good staff to advance without waiting for dead man's shoes. Weed out cronyism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A very rewarding place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere is extremely friendly and the office environment was very relaxed. You are given the freedom to pursue your research as well as ample support where necessary.

    Cons

    The framework for completing a series of complimentary outside courses is very poorly organised and not really fit for purpose. Certain aspect of the tutoring system are also fairly chaotic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall I was satisfied with how the university was managed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Hard work

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with very successful researchers and learn from them. High standards are expected and this pushes you on in your career. Staff are confident that they will get something published and this confidence is contagious.

    Cons

    Many things are extremely disorganising and disjointed. The left hand never knows what the right hand is doing. Everything takes longer than it should.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic academic environment for PhD training

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    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The University of Edinburgh 4 year biomedical PhD studentships (one of which I attended) provide access to an exceptional range of world-class research laboratories spanning many aspects of biomedical science. Edinburgh's research institutes are very well equipped with core facilities, making specialist equipment widely available to researchers. I had a very positive experience here, was provided with excellent mentorship throughout and career opportunities when the time to move on came.

    Cons

    It should be understood that PhD studentships offer a lousy salary (everywhere).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep 4 year PhD studentships, support higher salaries for PhD students.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Lonely researching

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

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

    Pros

    Academic life, beautiful city, nice coworkers, good reputation

    Cons

    Poor organisational administration and strategy, chaotic teaching

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the structure and administration to enable the academics to provide their teaching and research functions as effectively as possible

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Providing service to excited young minds as well as to tutors and lecturers is a rewarding job. Plus my coworkers are fun and funny and make the hours pass quickly. Lots of joking along with the work.

    Cons

    As a foreign student, I could only work 20 hours per week, as per the limits of my visa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's nice to be somewhere that trusts and encourages its employees to make good decisions.

    Recommends

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