University of Leeds Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
34 Reviews

3.8
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  1.  

    Generally, a lovely environment in which to work, if a bit a bureaucratic behemoth!

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the campus is very attractive, although spoiled somewhat by hideous 1970's concrete buildings. The pay is good, and the work varied. As an employee you cross paths with lots of interesting people, and opportunities for networking are good, if you take them!

    Cons

    Many curriculum approval processes are very bureaucratic and lengthy, and so the institution struggles to keep up with the speed of change in the modern age, particularly when compared to smaller competitors. Changes of policy are not always fully consulted on, or well-communicated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out some bureaucracy, improve communications with staff and potential students.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Pleasant and rewarding

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    A friendly community and pays well

    Cons

    No cons come to mind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing a great job, keep it up and don't become complacent

    Recommends
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  3.  

    university of Leeds PhD researcher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leeds

    Pros

    excellent location, laid back environment, ability to direct your own research, big push on research publication / conference travel / work in progress decimation. stipend is not too shoddy either.

    Cons

    there are very few cons to speak of, campus life can be a little expensive, as can property rental in the city. Parking is non existent

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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Cleaner  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cleaner in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Sense of community is good

    Cons

    - Low pay
    - Can be long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Less levels

    Recommends
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    PhD researcher at the University.

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The University of Leeds offers an enjoyable environment and easy access to its staff in a great variety of department and competencies.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and information within staff. It can be difficult to get in touch with the person that one needs to talk to for a particular problem due to the lack of information given to researchers on the current staff, and who to contact.

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  7.  

    Decent working environment

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    For many people the university is typical of many stable academic institutions and will offer its non-academic staff a pleasant working environment, ample holidays and plenty of interesting activities when off-the-clock. All in all, the university treats its staff reasonably and most people seem happy.

    Cons

    Remuneration is definitely on the low side compared to working in the private sector, but this is typical of most universities. Only found out I had been 'opted out' of the pension a good while after the fact, without ever having been consulted. I was furious about this. Sometimes it can be tricky to get things to happen, especially with IT. Persistence and knowing where someone's office is can help when it gets too much!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into why some people have been 'opted out' of the pension system involuntarily. It would seem to be a serious breach of the rules.

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    Subwarden

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds

    Pros

    Great team that supports you if you make an effort.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to constantly rework your schedule.

  9.  

    Rewarding experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds part-time

    Pros

    It helps to get work experience at an early stage and trains you for conditions once you're outside the University.

    Cons

    It does not give a work atmosphere and provide you with a strict work environment. interaction with colleagues is less.

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  10.  

    I have gained a huge amount of experience in catering.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds

    Pros

    good salary, good management, the chance to upgrade your position,

    Cons

    usually late shifts and no free place for parking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing a great job! Well done!

    Recommends
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  11.  

    Freedom to investigate within projects

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds

    Pros

    Great company pension contribution and work is limited to EU time constraints (although, personally I favour project management which gets the job done and not partially done within the time constraints).

    Cons

    Bosses are pushed towards publications meaning work can be highly pressured (but that is how I work best) and performance is rated on attainment and not attempts, so to be successful one has to not only work hard but work accurately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more pro-active on training the people who can be leaders in their current field but also in other opportunities that may come their way. Better training in different applied skills would be greatly appreciated.

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