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University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
40 Reviews

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  1.  

    A very rewarding place to work

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

    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
  2.  

    Hard work

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

    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
  3.  

    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)

    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
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  5.  

    It was a really enjoyable experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Staff members are very helpful, good communication, open to suggestions.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities to advance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are nice.
    Salary is above average.
    High quality students and academic staff members.

    Cons

    Too cold in the winter.
    A bit too generous to undergraduate students.

  7.  

    Excellent Uni

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice campus, very organised and many experts around if you are doing research

    Cons

    Edinburgh is quite expensive city

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Positive, stimulating work, and a great city.

    Cons

    No real cons in my view.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect what's there and build on it.

  9.  

    it's a chanllenging job for non-native employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible for most of the time

    Cons

    academic specific to the job

  10.  

    Lonely researching

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

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

    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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