University of Essex Reviews

Updated May 11, 2014
Updated May 11, 2014
6 Reviews

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    PhD student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Essex part-time for 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Essex

    Pros

    usual university benefits, close to london

    Cons

    slow bureacratic setup, research focus varies between groups and departments

  3.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Colchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Colchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Essex as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    good environment, flexible schedule, cutting-edge optical research

    Cons

    not many things to do in colchester, small town

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It was a great environment to work in with looks of very friendly and interesting people

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    Former Employee - Market Researcher  in  Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Market Researcher in Colchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Essex as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    - university campus environment
    - close-knit community
    - generous employee packages
    - good transport links

    Cons

    - bureaucracy
    - many of the workers they are used to working at a public sector pace and therefore it can be hard to get things done quickly
    - the university suffers from a lack of communication between departments... and therefore it can be hard to utilise the benefits of so many intelligent individuals in one place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - create better communication between departments
    - encourage cross-department interactions
    - weed out the lazy and slow workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Sticking to US Top Research Universities to Cheat in UK or Europe Research Ranking

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    Former Employee - Lecturer (Teaching Fellow)  in  Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecturer (Teaching Fellow) in Colchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Essex as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very small centre campus and the building was for military use in the past.
    Very good teaching quality in Economics, Government, Psychology & Linguitics.

    Cons

    Very urgy central campus and the new shining chinese-stype toilet as the memorial theatre building. So, even the VC is inbelievably stupid. That's why Essex's ranking droped from around 30s to 50s in just less than a decade.
    Very very rubbish Essex Business School. Not matter research, teaching, administration, marketing/promoting the new B-School....
    Student satisfaction is diving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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)

    I have been working at University of Essex

    Pros

    Good working hours
    Simple working practise

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of redundant and too much old staff

    No opinion of CEO

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