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University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
42 Reviews
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  1.  

    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

  2.  

    A great place to work

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

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time for 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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    University is Great, but HR needs authority to do something to PIs

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    University and department really mad an effort to promote a good work environment and laboratory research facilities.

    Cons

    Problem: There is a complete lack of ability for HR to address and appropriately deal with Professors who mis-treat their research staff and act amorally. The University should really address this issue and tell professors that they can NOT do whatever they feel like, even if funding is coming from their grants. Please note that not all Professors are a problem, only a small number are. But they should be held accountable for how they treat their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take my advise very very seriously and fix the Con I listed above.

    Recommends
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's what you make it

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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 a year

    Pros

    Great levels of autonomy, challenging work in a complex environment working with excellent professionals and academics in a world leading institution.

    Cons

    The size and complexity can be challenging.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Wonderful place to work

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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 5 years

    Pros

    Supportive employer and, if you are prepared to work hard you can progress. They provide a variety of free training and skills development workshops. Located in a beautiful city.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be a bit slow moving due to its bureaucratic nature, but this is not a big issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carry on with regular staff reviews and come up with more ways to reward those who work hard.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Informatics was professional, friendly and supportive environment for my PhD

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh

    Pros

    World-class research faculty and excellent support with regards to funding, career and research advice. Frequent interesting seminars, and a free twice-annual trip to the highlands. Edinburgh as a city couldn't be a better place for postgrad: it's a central campus with plenty of reasonable accommodation nearby.

    Cons

    Undergraduate courses are weak, while the insular nature of most PhD students means it's lonely at times.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    I would say...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh

    Pros

    Well paid job (especially for students during summer)

    Cons

    Poor management, often shifts changed last minute

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Lots of independence, really great people to work with, mediocre pay.

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

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - lots of independence in my work
    - it's OK to have a life outside work
    - great people to work with
    - great city to be in

    Cons

    Making far less than half of what I made as a research programmer 15 years ago in the US.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    Probably not good depending on where you work in the Uni

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Some interesting work, high level of autonomy

    Cons

    Bureaucratic - be prepared to do admin

    No opinion of CEO

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