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Updated Jul 1, 2014

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3.9 12 reviews

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    Lots of freedom for personal development, changing the status quo can be tough

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overworked and Underpaid

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

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementStand 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    PhD (Current Employee) Exeter, England (UK)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great expanding institution with a thriving academic community

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

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

    ConsLocation 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)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTeachers were knowledgeable and helpful.

    ConsNot may opportunitties to network your way.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsReasonable pay, holiday, good location, interesting

    ConsParking, lack of communication and teamwork, little interdisciplinarity

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

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

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsMost 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working at the university of exeter

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat area, nice campus, friendly people

    ConsThe pay is relatively poor

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter incentivisation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Researcher (Current Employee) Exeter, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible working environment, good benefits and opportunities to move about within the company.

    ConsNot enough "staff only" space, for relaxing/eating lunch etc...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was nice and easy work, although it could be monotonous at times. Overall, a good experience and satisfactory pay.

    Research Assistant (Former Employee) Exeter, England (UK)

    ProsSelf-directed work that I could do from home or while travelling. I could work whenever and wherever I wanted from, provided I had access to the internet.

    ConsToo little contact from supervisors regarding project deadlines or feedback regarding submitted works.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter supervision of project progression would be helpful in the future to incentivize work. Pay was good, but not excellent so perhaps some improvements on that front or more subsidies for travel or housing (for those that needed to attend training workshops in Exeter).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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