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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
19 Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent benefits, but poor management

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

    Pros

    Generous holiday allowance. Campus is nice enough, with relatively easy access to the city centre and surrounding areas by bus, although train connections are a bit more challenging. Also easy access to a variety of Chinese food restaurants nearby.

    Cons

    Administration appears to care little for the impact of their policies on researchers. Little opportunity for early career researchers to distinguish themselves, however, this has been improving as of late. The amount of paperwork, harassment and bureaucracy imposed by health and safety is a significant impediment to performing research. Hired technical staff does not have sufficient background and expertise to perform their jobs at a reasonable standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider instituting policies to make it clear that all employees are valued by the University. Hiring appropriate support staff and providing conditions that promote creativity instead of imposing impediments to new ideas is crucial for a research orientated university. Being open with staff regarding changes to facilities would promote trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Convinced me to leave Southampton

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Southampton, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good engineering facilities when they work. Nice central campus with pretty gardens. Generous vacation allowance. Bus station on campus allowing for easy transportation links to city centre, airport, and London.

    Cons

    Administration does not take ownership of administrative tasks. Line managers are not suitably trained. Work/life balance is poor and is not taken into consideration by management. For early career researchers there is very little chance for future progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on strategy and pay more attention to making staff happier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    PhD Student in Biological Sciences.

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    Former Employee - PhD Student  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)

    Pros

    Decent access to publications, new building/facilities, close knit department. Decent seminar programmes. A few big names in the department

    Cons

    Poor IT support, lack of working space, cannot access some journals (even some high impact ones), not as much technical support as one would like sometimes. Also the hospital lab facilities are old and in great need of updating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more support to researchers - things like a dedicated statistician, full access to ALL the important journals, and spend some money on the outdated hospital facilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Working in academia is hard because of bike shedding and penny pinching.

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great research, smart people, vibrant students with a willingness to learn and teach you in return.

    Cons

    Admin. The administration are the slowest, laziest kinds of people. Jobsworths through and through with no idea what the big picture is and intention to figure it out.

    The pointless Bureaucracy that is eating academia from the inside out is in full force in southampton.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire HR and Finance.
    Start again and under stand that these support staff need to SUPPORT staff...and SUPPORT students... and not act as a barrier every opportunity they have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    I am a 4th year PhD student in the university of Southampton.

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    Current Employee - Research Student  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Student in Southampton, England (UK)

    Pros

    academically strong and well funded engineering department. World class facilities.

    Cons

    not enough feedback given. some professors are better than others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    OK

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    Current Employee - Research Support  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Support in Southampton, England (UK)

    Pros

    No stress, easy job which is relevant to my degree and have attended some interesting lectures.

    Cons

    Not much for me to do sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find me more fulfilling tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Engineering Researcher

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Southampton, England (UK)

    Pros

    Get to do what you want, a lot of freedom. But I guess it's pretty much the same everywhere in a university. Engineering research in Southampton is very well know so there are quite a few industrial corporations going on, that might be helpful if you are seeking an industry move afterwards.

    Cons

    You are pretty much working on your own, the city isn't the most interesting one in UK. It depends on what your expectations are for a university really.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Being a researcher at the ORC-UoS

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)

    Pros

    In some departments the research environment is very vital and full of ideas. Most of the research/support staff are nice people. Availability of research equipment is impressive.

    Cons

    The University has dramatically reduced the support staff so sometimes it takes long time to have things done due to overload on the remaining ones.

    The University should invest more for keeping their good researchers with longer time perspectives for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should invest in more long term (5 years minimum) employment for research staff to allow them plan and develop their research agenda.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    An interesting, vibrant place to work.

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    Current Employee - Learning Support Assistant  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Learning Support Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)

    Pros

    Lots of interesting, busy people, lots going on, main campus on nice park with lots of trees and flowers. Staff seem really engaged with their work. A top-ranking Russell Group university, doing lots of groundbreaking research in all sorts of areas.

    Cons

    For someone on a zero hours contract such as myself, the usual variability of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people more!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Pretty good, nice and friendly staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay considering not very much prior experiencing needed for the job.
    Easy to get references and meet other fellow students and to diversify your experiences.

    Cons

    Cant think of many but one of them would be that most of the jobs at Students Services do not help your career in the long run in terms of they are not jobs that oculd help you settle they are rather only good for gaining some experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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