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University of Leeds Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Good employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leeds

    Pros

    Annual pay rise, extra days off after bank holidays

    Cons

    General lack of promotion opportunities

  3.  

    Very good environment. great work ethic. room for improvement and career advancement slim.

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    Current Employee - Research Officer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Officer in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good salary. Good experience. Very nice city to live in. Great work environment. challenging tasks and projects. Flexible hours which is always a plus.

    Cons

    Not a lot of benefits. Career would be fixed in the academia business. Research is challenging and exciting but it is mostly useful in such environments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Professional and driven and a hubbub of multiple talents and backgrounds.

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    Former Employee - Alumni Fundraiser in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Alumni Fundraiser in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Forward-thinking culture and positive environment where every individual is acknowledged and cherished.

    Cons

    Not as many benefits as one would expect for such a high-ranking institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spot and nurture aspiring and talented professionals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Brilliant place to work, excellent facilities & staff benefits. Certainly one of the best employers in the country.

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    Current Employee - Computing Officer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Computing Officer in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The working culture is very employee focused, with flexible working patterns being available. Great support available for staff and the facilities (such as the gym) are superb. Excellent holidays and the variety of work means no two days are the same. You meet a broad spectrum of people, from all walks of life and working on Campus is a breath of fresh air. Been at Leeds for five years and enjoyed every day.

    Cons

    Staff can become jaded or institutionalised if they've been working in the same job for too long so not everyone is as enthusiastic as myself. Neither are all the jobs as interesting as my own so I wouldn't say my views reflect everyone's.

    The workload can be excessive on occasion, but there aren't many jobs where this isn't true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication to staff could be better from a management level. Sometimes the focus to make ever structure "corporate" risks alienating the people who love their job and do it with passion. The focus should be on lifting up the people who are jaded, not penalising the people who love the institution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Leeds by name but not by nature!

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mostly very good people. It's a well known institution and is mid-ranking in the UK. The University has a lot of potential, but it needs to up its game.

    Cons

    The University does not know where it is going. Far too much concentration on strategy with no thought paid to delivery. Senior managers are very ego driven and do not think about consequences of their actions on the staff. Very difficult to get a decision made. Far too much paperwork making all internal processes very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a moment to work out where the University is going. Stop the internal competition which encourages people to stay in their safe little silos. Do something rather than keep waiting to make a decision!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Lovely environment (worked at Weetwood sports facilities). Great work colleagues let down by senior management.

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, constantly being developed and improved.

    Cons

    If you like hockey, even better play or coach the sport you will be in demand and progress in work here. However don't expect a clear and transparent job pathway, Hockey players appear to be head hunted and given jobs. The facilities manager (although competent and efficient) seems to use his budget as a recruitment tool, to progress his own hobby.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to grips with the recruitment and personal opportunities at Weetwood. Scrutinise the accounts! Is this a University to support its current students or past students and weekend hockey? Surely BUCS on a wednesday is where money should be invested and financial support should not go to outside sports clubs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    enjoyable but definitely room for improvement

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Love the campus, other staff are friendly and helpful and the University promotes a happy and outgoing atmosphere. The University Union is great and everything you need is easily available. University grounds are well kept and simply beautiful in Spring/ Summer

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Temp employees/ contractors/ agency workers are not entitled to the same perks as full time staff. Salary/ earnings are comparatively low compared to other organisations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice if temps/agency workers were entitled to some of the benefits of full time staff employed by the University.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The best career move I ever made

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    Current Employee - Post Doc
    Current Employee - Post Doc

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

    Pros

    Learning, training, experience, good people, relaxed environment, flexibility, reasonable salary.

    Cons

    Short term contracts and uncertainty. Institutes in mech eng are top heavy and ts easy to be ignored. However, you need to look after number one, and get the best possible experience you can before moving on. Bureaucracy is unbelievably bad here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is advice to research councils. Stop/go money and mega competitive tendering for research money is not conducive to steady and collaborative research. It encourages bitter politics and paranoia.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    An employer that gives its staff a lot of consideration.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of working hours, terms and conditions. Friendly people. So much is given to staff that you are happy to give more back when it is needed without grumbling, like putting in extra hours.

    Cons

    Red tape, bureacracy and paperwork (real or virtual) can sometimes be a barrier to completing tasks or in most cases draws out the time it takes. The academic/management 'hierarchy' can make it confusing who you need to get to make a decision on something. Too many and too frequent reviews and restructures of schools and institutes which result in extended periods of no progress due to financial freezing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Disseminate the management structure with the names of the individuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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