University of Surrey Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Mixed Feeelings

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lecturer In Business
    Former Employee - Lecturer In Business

    Pros

    Flexibility of time, some intelligent and forward-thinking colleagues, and good benefits. On top of that you have the possibility to shape you research agenda and travel internationally.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, political, with little support structure. People at the top set their own agenda but seldom ask junior or middle level staff about their opinions. It can also get quite an isolating place to work as there are no group activities. You end up staying in your office alone most of the times.

    Advice to Management

    Try to widen decision making by allowing staff to participate. Organise more social activities that allow staff to interact with each other. For example, research seminar every week.


  2. student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Surrey full-time

    Pros

    The teaching pattern is different from what I've experienced before.

    Cons

    The semester is too short.


  3. Good place to learn

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Surrey full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment and good place to learn

    Cons

    Pay is low and no extra benifit


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  5. Good employer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Surrey full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Listen to employees, excellent salary package, pension leave allowance good salary. Large company which allows for good career progression prospects. Excellent culture of equality and diversity.

    Cons

    Salaries at the lower levels are above sector averages but as you go up the career ladder they tend to level off and at Middle Management levels although basic salaries are good bonuses are not the sames as in the commercial sector.

    Advice to Management

    Generally well managed but succession planning could be improved and a focus on career planning for people the University wishes to retain would be beneficial. Also the desire to centralise activities and the inevitable switch back to devolved will increase cost in the longer term.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Staff in Guildford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Staff in Guildford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Surrey full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not many, in fact Surrey Sports Park is good but they are bleeding cash just like the university.

    Cons

    Awful culture strife with passive aggressive / non confrontational school leaders. They fake their numbers constantly to get higher rankings however, VC leaving in September they can't pull those tricks anymore. Students are getting angrier. They are on the down cycle now at Surrey. All glitz no substance. Marketing budgets have been cut now so that rank can't hold. Constant restructuring. Bad and weak business decisions being made in a money losing university will be it's detriment to fail.

    Advice to Management

    Change your ways by doing deep, inward, focus, not just external on marketing. No incentive structure. Awful work / life balance.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Disfunctional

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Surrey full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Flexibility, if you are in the right job. Work from home possible, it's on your own head to ensure you complete your workload. -Location, but can get busy on the roads and car park is a bit restrictive -Holiday. Decent allowance, but not flexi-time, so that's all you get.

    Cons

    -Central management. Very poor and autocratic. Frequent attempts to restructure without consulting the workforce, resulting in a widespread feeling of resentment and low moral. It's getting worse, especially for academics. -Poor communication, both from above and inter-faculty. It's a struggle to know the capabilities of others and most co-operation between departments has to be organised on a personal level. -Very short termist, they say they have long terms plans, but the freqent reoganisations of buildings and staffing doesn't bear that out. Almost a throw away culture - done that, so lets throw it out and get something new in. -Career progression. You need to be "the special one". No apparent long term planning for staff careers and no real attempt to retain staff who might be musing over leaving.

    Advice to Management

    -Have some repect for the staff and do some proper consultation about changes by going to visit people in their own workplaces - electronic consultation is ignored by the majority of staff because it doesn't appear to be listened to. -Develop a better structure to bring on young staff and retain knowledge and skills within the university. Stop the cronyism that has resulted in people being promoted far above their abilities. -End the dual salary of Vice-chanceller/President. It is not justified and looks bad to external organisations.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Once a lovely place to work and study. No more.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Guildford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The University of Surrey tends to offer decent benefits for the sector. It's in a good location. Students are generally friendly.

    Cons

    Job insecurity, lack of role structure, bad atmosphere created by continual restructuring of academic and non-academic departments, attitude to staff, obsessive focus on targets at the expense of employees, lack of investment in staff


  9. My perfect springboard for career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Systems in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Systems in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Surrey full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent location, good holiday allowance, nice friendly environment, little stress, predictable work pattern and year, good level of agency and autonomy

    Cons

    Rigid salary bands, non academic staff not always taken seriously by academics, facultys run as separate "businesses" so not always aligned in processes, not enough places for staff to be away from students during lunch, unstructured bonus scheme

    Advice to Management

    Develop a more objective bonus scheme, increase flexibility in rewarding or promoting staff, create centralised administrative processes for Faculties to follow, invest in talent pipelining in mid tier jobs


  10. Teaching Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Surrey part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Productive environment, Great co-workers, Amazing experience

    Cons

    I can't really think of anything. Overall a good experience


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great location

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Surrey full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people and great location perfect work like balance

    Cons

    Politics all over.. you would never know who is your friend and you is envious of you.. Ladies are promoted more than men.. so if you are a guy.. beware of politics..

    Advice to Management

    Have some proffessionalism, improve HR communication they are bunch of jokers and dont know how to do their job.. have some pitty on those who are applying to UniS.



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