University of Essex Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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  1. Primitive, arrogant leadership, uncivilised environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice, green and quiet campus, Colchester and Wivenhoe are pleasant places

    Cons

    Arrogance and ignorance penetrate the place, coming from the top. I had a horrible line manager: power-mad, shifty, who spread lies about my employment, ignored my work and tried to undermine me. I was bullied and then dismissed unfairly, for trying to assert a statutory right. Management supports hierarchy even at the expense of breaching the Employment Law. Staff are often intimidated. Managers do not seem to be aware of the Employment Law, hence the University of Essex recently lost a few cases at Employment Tribunals. The practice is often the opposite of the declared values. Those who speak up risk losing their jobs. The situation reminds one of the double speak as described in Orwell's novel titled 1984. Another quotation from Orwell which summarizes the situation at Essex truthfully is the following: "All animals are equal but some are more equal than others." Complete lack of respect for democratic values, or of the values established during the enlightenment. Feels like a feudal system, where landlords exercise absolute, unchallenged power. Working there is like a time travel to an era centuries ago.

    Advice to Management

    Unsuited to role, change career.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Stay away if you can

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Colchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Colchester, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working hours Simple working practise

    Cons

    no career progression. Lots of people in union related posts not doing any work

    Advice to Management

    get rid of redundant and too much old staff


  3. Helpful (1)

    Senior management are ruthless out of touch beancounters

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Colchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Colchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice location if you have kids. Good for social sciences but not much else.

    Cons

    Senior management are trying to run a University as if it is a call centre.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your staff. Value your human capital. Don't treat academics as if they are interchangable cogs in a vast machine.


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  5. good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    usual university benefits, close to london

    Cons

    slow bureacratic setup, research focus varies between groups and departments


  6. PhD student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Essex part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The departments are small so it's easy to get to see people you need to speak to and most people are very helpful. There has been a lot of new development recently so many if the facilities are new ... Eg computer meeting areas in one of the many cafés on campus.

    Cons

    It's not one of the top Academic institutions or in London so you can feel a bit out of touch with the front line. The small size can mean some facilities are lacking but research is geared towards the facilities they do have.


  7. Research Officer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, pension, flexible working

    Cons

    No career advancement, less coalition with external companies

    Advice to Management

    need to tied up with more companies for research


  8. Research technician

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Colchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Essex full-time

    Pros

    good experience ,good team best place if you want to settle down

    Cons

    Difficult to progress up the career underpaid

    Advice to Management

    should come up with developing skills of the employees


  9. Student Ambassador at ESSEX

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    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Colchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable salary (for student), flexible hours

    Cons

    Not many hours. not real career perspectives


  10. Good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Receptionist in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Essex part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good training, friendly coworkers, good company values

    Cons

    Pay could be better for students


  11. Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Essex part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    worked at the Institute for Social and Economic Research as part of the longitudinal survey Understanding Society. Very good experience of understanding survey methodology, worked with passionate people willing to help; flexible hours

    Cons

    the research assistant position was available only for Uni of Essex students; no cons as far as I was concerned



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