University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. Secure and safe but lacks dynamism

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay was great - well above sector averages. Decent holiday allocation and benefits too. You will work with lots of interesting and intelligent colleagues. It's also great to work for such a respected institution. Most people enjoy a decent work-life balance. There are some amazing researchers working there who are truly inspiring.

    Cons

    The place is riddled with politics which can get in the way of work getting done. Because it is so large a real silo culture has emerged which means there is a lot of duplication and poor communication. Some jobs and departments can seem quite pointless. It is very difficult to change amything so if you are motivated and creative you will not find this a stimulating environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2. Good Place

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

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (more than a 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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 (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
  7. 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
  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. 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
  10. 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.

  11. Excellent Uni

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (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

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