University of Exeter Reviews

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  1. No career progression

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Exeter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful environment
    Good working conditions and staff facilities

    Cons

    Impossible to progress your career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the useless layers of management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Research Officer (post-doctoral)

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    Former Employee - Research Officer in Exeter, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Officer in Exeter, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great place to deepen your knowledge knowledge and meet other researchers in your field. Variety of resources for academically inclined people. Very helpful HR and IT staff.

    Cons

    Post-docs are appointments for short periods (typically 1-2 years) and one has to start looking around for a new job very soon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. don't work in retail there.

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    Former Employee - Retail
    Former Employee - Retail

    I worked at University of Exeter

    Pros

    the university is a nice place to work and the pay is good, the H.R.team are good and there is help when you are not well like sick pay.

    Cons

    The management in retail are not great to work for, I think there is a problem from the top to the bottom.
    There are to many problems to list here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the whole management structure needs looking at in retail, think about why you are loosing good people on the shop floor, there is bullying, people not being listened to, no-one to go and talk to honestly when things go wrong.
    Its a shame as it could be a really good place to work if the management were better or just different people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Good place

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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

    Pros

    Good salary, nice people, great location, many nice developmental courses

    Cons

    Bad bosses, Low grade bosses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lacking quality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter

    Pros

    was a part time job that I could do with my studies

    Cons

    extremely tiring and maybe too little tiring

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. New buildings are great but mine wasn't

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Member of Russel group, good library, new buildings are beautiful and well designed. My research group was nice.

    Cons

    A bit sloppy staff, expensive food and not enough places to eat in the evening. My office was badly furnished, a bit crowded, and with no ventilation and ineffective insulation. I think it wouldn't have been legal to work in a building like that in other European countries. Few science activities in my department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Flexible vacation work for students

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    Former Employee - Casual Housekeeping in Exeter, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Casual Housekeeping in Exeter, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Exeter part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good hourly rate and opportunity to earn a fair amount of money during summer holidays. The hours were flexible and I could say no to shifts if I didn't want to do them without having to provide a reason. It was a good job to have in the summer holidays as a second job to earn a bit more money.

    Cons

    Disorganised at times and unclear on some things (eg nobody to call when you need to call in sick) , on some weeks very few hours were available, some senior members of staff were patronising towards summer staff. Shifts would sometimes be made longer at short notice, or I would turn up to work and there would be too many members of staff and so we would be sent home after an hour.

  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    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 a 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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