University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
41 Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    It was a really enjoyable experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh part-time

    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
  7.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh

    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.

  8.  

    Excellent Uni

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Edinburgh is quite expensive city

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh

    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.

  10.  

    A racist institution...Doesn't matter if you have a Ph.D. from the same university and try to get a position here.

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    Former Employee - Clerical Assistant  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Clerical Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Reputation including world leaders in scientific research. Free access to pianos in the Music School in Nicolson Square.

    Cons

    Racist attitudes of management, not scientists, that run the academic departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop discriminating against candidates from ethnic minorities especially when they have a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh and are equally as well if not more qualified than the staff that are running this institution and interviewing you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    it's a chanllenging job for non-native employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh

    Pros

    flexible for most of the time

    Cons

    academic specific to the job

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