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University of Manchester Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
55 Reviews
3.3
55 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.  

    Good experience

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

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It provides a lot of opportunities, and very good for personal development. I have a good balance between work and life, and I have also made a lot of new friends there.

    Cons

    Personal safety in Manchester, many people said they were robbed in Manchester. It is better not to walk alone in the evening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Generally dissatisfied

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Pros

    The salary is good, as are the benefits such as the counselling service.

    Cons

    It would be better not to require a counselling service in order to work for your employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I fear that if I were honest in this box I would be tracked down and attacked for damaging the reputation of the University. So best not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The most amazing experience ever.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Pros

    It's a great university to work for with a lot of history.

    Cons

    The particle theory group hired me and then spent three year ignoring me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire postdocs and ignore them!

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  5.  

    Great work but boxed career

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

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

    Pros

    Day 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    See the cons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great place to work and interact with people.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Manchester as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff. Good pay. Events of all types.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place for further education

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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 as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Look after the staff, and the staff will look after you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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

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

    Pros

    the benefits you get

    Cons

    dealing with students on a regular basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    PRETTY GREAT PLACE TO WORK

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

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

    Pros

    Culture 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place for study and reserach.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer

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

    Pros

    world class people and facilities. Good environment.

    Cons

    Probably salary wise could be more competitive.

  11.  

    University of Manchester is a very good place for studying as a postgraduate student.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    1.Top-class hardware and software facilities
    2. City centre location
    3. Friendly colleagues
    4. Relatively flexible working time

    Cons

    1. Your supervisor could be very pushing and strict.
    2. Pressure for graduation is huge
    3. You may not be paid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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