University of Leeds Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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University of Leeds Vice Chancellor Michael Arthur
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Pros
  • An understanding employer, great holidays, pleasant working environment and a reasonable pay scale (in 5 reviews)

  • Friendly and helpful administration, nice facilities, close to the city center (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Support staff are excellent but the structures have not been designed to assist/benefit the staff (in 2 reviews)

  • Far too much paperwork making all internal processes very slow (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Pay is good, very informal, casual environment, intelligent people

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    Former Intern - Intern in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is decent, working environment is very informal. Since it's university based, chances are the people you'll work with are intelligent (former students, academics etc). Colleagues are very encouraging. Work life balance is supported.

    Cons

    Can take a long time to get on the payroll.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Not supportive, not much career progression opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    secure, increments, good location and nice campus.

    Cons

    long hours, no overtime, poor management

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. Postgraduate Office Assistant

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    Former Contractor - Postgraduate Office Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Postgraduate Office Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    - The staff are all very friendly and eager to help you grow professionally.
    - Training is offer from day 1!
    - The salary is quite good for entry-level roles, considering it offers real opportunities for promotion.

    Cons

    - Some staff have very little to do while others have too much. There's not much balance between the staff.
    - Some days were boring, the job was not quite interesting.
    - There's no room for creativity AT ALL. Everything is planned out for you like a little script. You only follow rules and procedures, you cannot act accordingly to how situations arise.
    - Some offices were jammed while others had plenty of space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    + Be more flexible when it comes to resolving matters. Not everything has to fit into strictly written rules and procedures.
    + Provide more opportunities for creativity.
    + Provide more opportunities for young professionals to meet and connect. Most of the staff are rather old and the environment is unbalanced...
    + Provide better work space. You can't fit 3-4 people in one small office and then have two people have a big one!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Top research body in UK

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds

    Pros

    -Great experience in participating in a research project over the summer as an intern. From experimental design to conducting data collection, data analysis to writing up of a research report.
    -working very close to supervisors, great advice and support
    -self-motivational in completing the project

    Cons

    -limited in relevance to other career paths (perhaps this is specific to the area you focus in and what you want to do in future)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Loved the atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds

    Pros

    Top top banter, and great environment

    Cons

    Long hours and very demanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the progress

  7. Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds

    Pros

    friendly environment
    good communication with the colleagues

    Cons

    work-life balance
    challenging students
    office culture and good students

  8. Great experience

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible to fit around studies, well organised, good pay higher than minimum wage. The team leaders did a good job of allocating work based on demand and training sessions were useful.

    Cons

    At times it was very cold on the open days and doors had to be kept open in the halls for some reason. Some people were very lazy and should have been told to pick up the slack.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. The overall experience was satisfactory and pleasant.

    Former Employee - Sub Warden in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sub Warden in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The experience gained here is invaluable. Every minute detail would be a great insight. The team work would inhibit quite a lot of new talents and there is much more that can be learnt .

    Cons

    The timings of the work might not be always according to ones requirement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. One of the worst and most stressful times of my life.

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

    I worked at University of Leeds full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you have nothing else to do in your life..

    Cons

    Professors with grants are like dinosaurs here, they do whatever they want to without giving any consideration to the careers of people working for them. They bully and harass the employees by putting all the blame on them even though the students and other staff are hired without their consent. At least my experience was such.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take bold decisions against those PIs who have plenty of money but controversially try to grab and snatch everything. They bully, harass and enslave the employees by putting all the blame on them even though the students and other staff are hired without their consent. Any research student/staff who gets hired and is supposed to work with you, you should be asked about his/her credentials rather than just thumping on you. The post-docs end up working for these students rather than providing them with guidance.

    Have people with some dignity and spine at key positions rather than the HoS of my department who was just running after my PI even though he knew everything about the PI's habits. People keep quite and bearing these atrocities because of their visas or some other scholarship bond at home and all such Professors exploit this to the best of their advantage. Nobody is there to make any situation better for them even though such PIs are destroying the careers of the employees working with them. To add insult to injury these PIs are offered special Lectureships and Fellowships so they can establish more slavery. Whoever will keep accepting their slavery will eventually be offered a fellowship or a lectureship depending upon the type of slavery. I have not seen more selfish people in my whole life than such professors. Ask the post-docs about how they feel and do something about it rather than just doing a routine survey. Please do something before people stop coming over here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Russell Group underachiever

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The university, like many towards the better end in the UK, still has some obvious strengths. Academics have space to conduct research, students are pretty high quality and academic colleagues are very supportive. Many academics are driven to produce high quality research.

    Cons

    Management is very poor. In recent years it has become focused around an egotistical VC (now left) and a mangement cadre of Deans that slap themselves on the back, pay themselves high wages and cut down dialogue. They have expanded the admin function hugely across the university and then imposed these costs back on to academics to pay for. Ideally this should provide support for the core mission of the university, but admin nows rules the place and academics are constrained to support this rather than the other way around, with endless chains of paperwork, targets and internal budegts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that this is a university, not some second rate civil service department. Get the Deans to support their academic staff. Have a more visible and understanding VC.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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