University of Reading Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. University of Reading - Telephone Fundraiser

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    Former Employee - Telephone Fundraiser in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Telephone Fundraiser in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
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    Pros

    The University of Reading is a very organised University that offers a variety of jobs with competitive pay. Depending on the job, you are able to progress quickly to higher levels of authority.

    Cons

    Staff turnover is quite often high at the University of Reading. Interviews are fairly gruelling due to many applications from students.

    Advice to Management

    My experience with the leadership at the University of Reading was a positive one. Management are quick to let you know if you have done well and are very helpful in making sure you achieve the best you can.


  2. good experience

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    Former Employee - PhD in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Reading full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people, very good student, good environment,

    Cons

    too easy , too simple, too


  3. Visiting Lecturer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Qualified environment and professional member of staff.

    Cons

    Salary entry level and few vacancies.


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  5. Great experience, but needs work in places.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible in terms of shifts/ academic commitments Plenty of opportunities for different kinds of work Good pay, and plenty of shifts available Fun and friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Good shifts get taken fast Little training Progression can sometimes be affected by your relationship with managers No employee benefits

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better training and proper shift management, there should always be enough people to set up a bar without leaving the bar empty and there should always be a supervisor or manager available during shift.


  6. Good supportive employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Reading (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility of work, dynamic working environment, interesting people to work with, good opportunities for promotion, good training opportunities

    Cons

    Administration can be slow sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Streamline some processes


  7. good study environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    there are Full of international students

    Cons

    there is poor connection to careers


  8. Very good employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good salary, flexible working arrangements, good annual leave per year. People are all very nice and friendly. The working environment is supportive, everyone is very happy to help.

    Cons

    Administrative roles can be a bit repetitive. Difficult to get a permanent job due to it being very competitive. Career progression can be slow.

    Advice to Management

    To provide employees with more opportunities to be creative and be part of decision making concerning their tasks (at least for intern roles).


  9. Interesting and laid back

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    Current Employee - IT Staff in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Reading, England (UK)

    Pros

    Educational environment Flexible but at the same time strict Reliable job that will not let anyone down Location is nice and close to London

    Cons

    Repetitive routines that are too repetitive and finally it is a real pain to work with all the procedures before doing anything

    Advice to Management

    Make work more fun a place where everyone can enjoy and feel like they're working not because they're looking forward to the final salary but because they're doing something challenging


  10. A place where people are passionate and committed but poorly served by the low level of leadership and management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great location; pleasant, loyal and able colleagues.

    Cons

    Sadly and institution long past its prime and living on a (declining) reputation. The take over by University of Reading has not worked due to 1) no strategy for combining the best of both places and 2) very poor HR decisions (wiping out all the small, but important staff legacy working conditions at Henley) 3) absent or incompetent management/leadership skills. A case of 'physician heal thyself'!

    Advice to Management

    Start practising what (your programmes) preach - consult your staff and develop a strategy that inspires and makes sense; put 100% more effort into coaching and bringing together staff/teams; stop wasting time on trying to win business which has more to do with vanity than business sense


  11. Friendly place

    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Reading full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The maths department has a collegial and friendly atmosphere and is supportive of its post-docs. The campus is lovely, and Reading is a nice place to live.

    Cons

    Don't really have much bad to say. The building is a bit old and tatty, and Reading is a bit too far away from London. There's a lot of variation in research quality between departments, so do your homework.



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