University of Manchester
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www.manchester.ac.uk Manchester, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

University of Manchester Reviews in Manchester, England

Updated Jun 4, 2014
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3.9 25 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

University of Manchester Vice-Chancellor & President Nancy Rothwell

Nancy Rothwell

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    Great work but boxed career

    SEO (Current Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsDay to day autonomy and flexable working. Stimulating, challenging, varied and interesting work. Lots of collaborative projects with imaginative people. Bike to work scheme, good pension and slary sacrifice scheme. Modern campus.

    ConsThere is zero promotion possibility beyond SEO grade. Even getting incremental salary points for exceptional performance is nigh impossible with vague critera and moving political goalposts. This combined with below inflation pay raises since 2009 is demotivating. Recruiting Profs around the Unviersity whilst simultaneously bemoaning the finances to restrict pay is disengenuous.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee the cons.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place for further education

    PhD Student (Current Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsMy supervisor, and many others within the department were amazing - very supportive and fair. Great collaborative environment promotes learning and team work skills.

    ConsSome staff members are very unhelpful - if you're unlucky enough to come into contact with them. There is still a small fraction of elitism within academia, which soured my experience a touch.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook after the staff, and the staff will look after you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    i have worked for the university for 21 years and always thought that they were fair with there workers

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    Manchester, England (UK)

    Prosthe benefits you get

    Consdealing with students on a regular basis

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your employees more

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

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    PRETTY GREAT PLACE TO WORK

    Recruitment Officer (Current Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsCulture of success and progress, incredible history of discovery and invention. Staff have a decent work-life balance in the main, and there are many benefits of being part of a such a large workforce.

    ConsLike any huge organisation, there can sometimes be a mire of bureaucracy and red tape when you need to get things done quickly,

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't make half the campus out of action over the summer with refurbishments and external conferences as it is difficult to arrange outreach work with limitations on space, and send every frontline food on campus staff on training so they understand that PORK CANNOT BE HALAL SO THE SAUSAGE ROLLS ARE NOT HALAL.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to work and interact with people.

    Student Ambassador (Current Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsFriendly staff. Good pay. Events of all types.

    ConsThere aren't any promotions or that many jobs available for ambassadors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great atmosphere for researching and meeting other researchers.

    Research Placement (Former Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsI was given my own workspace and welcomed warmly by all researchers in the office. Supervisor was always ready to help. Hours were flexible so I could also work at home.

    ConsNothing in particular.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Particle Physics Group provides great PhD program

    PhD Student (Former Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsManchester is a big city. Life is convenient there. Campus is 10mins walk away from city centre. There are lots of pubs. Particle Physics Group is one of the biggest in UK or even in Europe. Covers almost every research directions in the field. Manchester Aquatic Centre is on the campus. There are professional pools and lots of group fitness classes for you.

    ConsIf you didn't live in big cities and are used to drive everywhere, living in Manchester could be a bit different. You will need to take public transport frequently and/or bike around.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great staff, great location, bad time for higher ed.

    Lecturer (Former Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsThe lecturers and researchers are fantastic - really world class people. The environment is very collegial and a good place to begin collaborative projects.

    ConsThere is little, if any, administrative support at the departmental level. There is equal pressure to publish and to score highly on the NSS, leading to competing objectives and stressed out staff members. Decisions from the top seem far removed from day to day activities on the ground.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow the experts at the departmental level more autonomy. The advantage of hiring very clever people is that they can be trusted to teach well and manage their own staff...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Quality of teaching and research has deteriorated significantly. Action form Management required.

    Research Associate (Former Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsLocated in one of the most livable cities in the UK, great night life with pubs, bars etc. Easy to work, as no serious performance review is carried out. Curry mile and the china town is within walking distance, which is quite attractive to international students and academics.

    ConsThe autonomy provided by the management to the schools have led to mismanagement. There are poorly performing lecturers, who deliver poor quality of lectures and who are not liked by students. At the same time, these lecturers are awarded as student's favorite. The same happens in terms of research, the poor quality of explanation, misleading due to lack of knowledge in the research area and artificial stress created by the Principal Investigator on research projects, have led to overall poor quality of publications and loss of good research students from the university. All these problems are widely spread across different schools and has not changed in the past 5 years. Most of the students across different schools complaint about the very same things over the years, and it is sad that no change is visible despite numerous complaints. The sad part is that, these problems have become discussion topics among the alumnus of the university, when the meet and strike a conversation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management should have much more control over the working of the individual schools and conduct serious performance review. Students generally tend to write good about the university on the paper feedback form about a lecturer because of repercussions of writing otherwise. Hence, an authentically confidential online review system, should be made in place so that the management gets to know the reality of the poor quality of education being delivered in different schools, which form the part of the university. Once an academic is hired by the university, it is up to the university's management to make sure of the quality of teaching and research is kept up as the colleagues of lecturers at the school generally help in the cover up poor quality of research and teaching demonstrated by a lecturer. But as time passes on, the low quality of teaching and research becomes a part of the school itself, if left unchecked.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    Prosindependent work, non-monotonic, quite scientifically up to date

    Conslow paid, if you start new contract then your salary starts from lowest again

    Advice to Senior Managementmake sure you develop the person and make it happen for him/her so he/she isnt only your lab donkey, but also you make improvement in his/hers career

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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