University of Southampton Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. great minds

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work amongst some of the greatest engineering and biological minds in the country

    Cons

    want to squeeze in as many doctoral students as possibly, making existing students feel under appreciated.


  2. Postdoctoral research fellow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive staff and academics. The University offers good emotional and wellbeing support for students and staff. The student advice centre provides good tips and the counselling service provides exceptional support.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for career progression outside of your current role

    Advice to Management

    Improve the career development framework for academic and non-academic staff. Promote sideway career movement


  3. Student Ambassador

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    Former Employee - Graduate in Dartford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate in Dartford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Southampton part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyable as it involved showing prospective students round the University and also helping primary school children in educational workshops. Many transferrable skills

    Cons

    Work was flexible so there weren't many cons. Perhaps a slight downside was that if you didn't work for a couple of months you were taken off the database and had to re-register

    Advice to Management

    Nothing much really but perhaps that they should advertise the role more widely so that more people have access to it and they can find better candidates. Overall thoroughly enjoyed it though


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  5. Come here to retire?

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    Current Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment, highly skilled colleagues, flexible working arrangements with agreement.

    Cons

    Limited career progression, 'dead mans shoes' is the only way to progress, some instances of employees leaving then reapplying for their old job at a higher paygrade. The VC (Nutbeam) seems totally out of touch with the University; drives a hard line on refusing lecturer pay increases whilst accepting a ~£30k pay rise in the same year the University slips in the rankings. Within our department, 'restructuring' is the preferred way for Senior Management to change their titles and pay without actually increasing workload.

    Advice to Management

    Understand why skilled staff are leaving and recognise that the offered pay limits the number and quality of applicants, in doing so forces teams to operate under increased load with reduced capacity.


  6. assistant fellow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Southampton (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They provide training in most current sales methods that is used by today's tech companies. From day one, Launchsource builds a relationship to be able to prepare and place you with a company that you can succeed with. They place an emphasis on matching company culture to ensure you start your career with an opportunity that will fit you. I've found the management to be approachable and the CEO to be personal and look out for the employee's best interests.

    Cons

    I have not had negative experiences since starting at LaunchSource.


  7. Alright.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bishops Waltham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bishops Waltham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Southampton (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people and nice gardens.

    Cons

    As a postdoc there is not much possibility to develop.


  8. PhD student

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    Former Employee - PhD Candidate in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Candidate in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    excellent facilities, location, expertise and access to funding

    Cons

    lacked some resources for marine ecology


  9. Great place to work for

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    Current Employee - DLHE Calling/Inputting Operative in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - DLHE Calling/Inputting Operative in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southampton part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay for a student Flexible contract hours Easy work Nice employers

    Cons

    Not enough hours Work is a bit boring


  10. Postdoctoral research fellow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It is a very international environment Interesting research projects (depending on the researcher group and department) Relaxed working environment (depending on the department and supervisor) Some courses are provided to research fellows to develop their career

    Cons

    As a research fellow is difficult to grow professionally. You can have more responsibility only if you are an academic staff. Southampton is not a great city to live

    Advice to Management

    As a University, the management should pay more attention on the career development of staff and support the transition to the job market.


  11. lecturer

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southampton (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Research-intensive University, forward-looking leadership, motivated students.

    Cons

    Fundamental values of teaching, scholarship and research deserve a bit more appreciation than entrepreneurialism and short-term impact.

    Advice to Management

    See cons.



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