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University of Exeter Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Flexible, good way of earning money as a student

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Exeter, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Exeter, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Exeter part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible, can work as much or as little as you want, get the opportunity to meet lots of people, good for honing communication skills, can work on some exciting events, get to learn more about the university

    Cons

    Be sure to apply for lots of work every month as it is unlikely that you will be selected for many actual jobs, can involve lots of time spent outdoors in inclement weather, sometimes the worst part can be the other ambassadors you work with..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lecturer

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great campus with fantastic facilities. Belonging to a Russell Group university greatly enhances one's international profile.

    Cons

    Oppressive work environment, aggressive management, unrealistic workload, work-life balance is impossible, time for research is constantly being whittled away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat research staff like the great researchers they are, not like factory workers who can be easily replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Associate Research Fellow and Research Fellow

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, good students and lectures

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic management system that imposes restrictions on researchers from above, making it difficult to do your job or negotiate. No flexibility or benefits for short-term or younger researchers. Many staff flat out unhelpful. Also a culture that is run (not just influenced) by the pursuit of rankings and "impact," making it difficult to do high-quality research.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Lots of freedom for personal development, changing the status quo can be tough

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Lots of perks to working within education sector (discounts etc)
    - Tons of holiday and time in lieu accepted
    - Interesting and varied projects because of working with students
    - Quite informal atmosphere - young organisation with a good social life

    Cons

    - Lack of adhesion to deadlines with clients can be hard, students don't appreciate professionalism
    - Tiny budgets with unrealistic expectations
    - Students are fickle, need to keep up with trends but convincing anyone to change processes is really hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people you hire to be the experts advise in those areas - you'll benefit hugely.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Overworked and Underpaid

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Worth for working Russell group university as there are plenty of chance for research and personal development

    Cons

    No matter what salary you were getting before they will not offer you the competitive salary. They will start with the lowest salary in the band.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up against the university policy of exploiting the Post-doctoral researcher. No one is going to stay with you when private sector can pay us much better salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great expanding institution with a thriving academic community

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leading on research on climate change, from the physical to the social aspects of it

    Cons

    Location is remote within the UK and bad access to international airports and fast trains to London (which are also very vulnerable to flooding, making journeys out of Exeter very long and exhausting)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience working as a full time PhD scholar at University of Exeter

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    Current Employee - PhD in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The research facilities are very good to learn more and more.
    The professors are supportive and make sure that you do your job. There are presentations, literature review and exams in first year of PhD to confirm that students are able to go foward. A very nice, straight forward and clean process.

    Cons

    The PhD stipends are not that great. Specially the salaries are limited for 3 years only which is definitely not a sufficient time to finish your research work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    GOod

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Teachers were knowledgeable and helpful.

    Cons

    Not may opportunitties to network your way.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    So far, so good, lots of pressure to innovate and expand the business

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter

    Pros

    Reasonable pay, holiday, good location, interesting

    Cons

    Parking, lack of communication and teamwork, little interdisciplinarity

  11.  

    A strong Student Union with a fair and flexible work environment for students and ex-students alike.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Exeter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is great working at the Exeter University Students' Guild as you get to have a direct impact on the positive experiences that the Guild provides for the 15,000 students studying at the University of Exeter. The Guild is a fun place to work and they are very flexible for building a good balance between your work and your studies / life. There is generally an openness to new ideas and bringing your own edge to a role, even if it's not always possible to accomodate every idea.

    Cons

    Most of the negatives of the work environment at the Students' Guild are common across all Student Unions. Being a relatively flat organisation with many small teams, it is hard to find opportunities for advancement within the Guild itself, as there simply are not many positions to move into. Some areas of the management structure are a little weak and I believe this to be due to the fact that many people are promoted to management positions in order to keep members of staff in the organisation (to provide advancement options), even if they are not yet suited to a management role. However, I believe that Exeter Guild is strong amongst it's peers in many of these regards, which makes it a great place to work if you are looking to work in the Student Union sector.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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