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University of Manchester Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
56 Reviews
3.3
56 Reviews
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University of Manchester Vice-Chancellor & President Nancy Rothwell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The university has beautiful buildings and a has a great history, both of which are quite attaractive youngsters (in 3 reviews)

  • Fantastic location close to the city centre (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Partially racist attitude of faculty members and poor quality of teaching which is far below standards of tier 2 universities in developing countries (in 3 reviews)

  • Academics are too busy with admin to do their research, supervise PhD students or prepare useful lecture notes (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great career experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Pros

    Huge amount of resources and very professional staff. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Paperwork at times moved very slow. Aging infrastructure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Multi-media Innovation - if it passes 20 levels of corporate approval

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Pros

    MG is one of the biggest media companies and is experimenting with doing some innovative things in the way of converging broadcast, newspaper and internet into one media company. Work for a Media General company and you get the opportunity to expand your knowledge across several different mediums, making you a more valuable employee.

    Cons

    Media General is highly dependent on the newspaper industry, which is a dying industry. They are beginning to move towards a "web First" strategy, but they are an extremely slow moving ship to change. Ideas take a long time to vet their way up to corporate, and most things take so approval on so many levels of management that often, its not worth the time or energy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off the newspaper high horse - its dead already.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great learning opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern Software Developer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern Software Developer in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, relaxed, friendly colleagues, flexible work hours, high responsibility from start to work on projects that were very relevant to current university issues. My code is currently used daily by thousands of students.

    Cons

    I outperformed their expectations and did not have an additional projects to give me for several weeks on end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more projects available or allow cross division working to make better use of resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    God employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - good personal-work balance
    - flexible times, working around our studies/family
    - periodic progressions reviews
    - amazing library, access to millions of books, speciality journals, current affairs magazines etc

    Cons

    - very poor food on campus
    - some nepotism
    - some promotion without real basis
    - unfair treatment by some managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - treat staff like equals, no patronizingly
    - micromanagement puts employees down, does not nurture an environment of trust and team work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Research Assistant MACE

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really good place to work.

    Cons

    Comparing to other cities in Europe Manchester is not as exiting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working as Research Assistant give you the freedom to work at your easy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Neutral experience, Good place for undergraduate studies, no postgraduate

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Diverse city, good facilities, great for football funs

    Cons

    expected more from research prospective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider invest in passionate young scientist and not in academic politics

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

    Perhaps one of the most disappointing universities you could ever find.

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

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

    Pros

    A good reputation/ranking in the world. The city life is ok.

    Cons

    Extremely bad supporting services. The service centre and accommodation office only care about if you come to pay them money in the way that they prefer. For example, if you wanna pay your accommodation fees, you have to do it through direct debit. However, for many students, banks usually refuse to debit the money due to the large amount of money required to be taken from their accounts. If you tell the accommodation office that you can pay directly by card, they will just say NO. Consequently, you will have to pay the £25 - £30 delay penalty charge.

    The school (Computing) is such a place that treat students and staffs unfairly. As mentioned by other people here, if you are from a developing country, you will be treating like a moron. For each PhD student, there will be an interview at the end of each academic year to assess your research progress. Again, if you are from a developing country, get yourself prepared to be judged extremely critical and unfair.

    The funny thing is that every year the university holds several open days to public to get more students come study here. They will pretend to be so friendly on open days, whereas their attitude will change dramatically once you really come and study here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really start to do something to improve student's satisfactions, PLEASE!!!

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

    Worst management I have ever come across right across the board in IT Services

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    Current Employee - PSS - IT SERVICES in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PSS - IT SERVICES in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance as most people working there have young families, the pay is good and the holidays and pensions are great.
    People who work here are generally nice

    Cons

    Generally all the staff suffer from low morale and are treated very badly (mainly by the management) no escalation points and everyone ignores it.
    Most IT staff suffer from very low self-confidence.
    Think again if your leaving a good job to come work here, everyone I know has been disappointed so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge your staff, stop trying to micromanage everyone - it's demeaning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Student Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PASS Coordinator in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PASS Coordinator in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Gives experience in HR, finance, project management, marketing, presentations giving and event organisation. Good pay.

    Cons

    No cons - best student job you can get whilst at university.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    A place where academic bullying and threatening is permitted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good library facilities and beautiful buildings.

    Cons

    Bullied and threatened. When complained about it, the bullying continues further. When a complaint is given, the first response is to meet the person who bullied you and solve it. Most of the time they give a: " i cannot help you type of answer." The people who generally investigate or receive complaints help in covering up the violence done by their colleagues. The Severely damaged my career and is now suffering from traumatic stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just say that there is zero tolerance against bullying, and try covering it up. Create a system where people who commit harassment are brought to question and exposed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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