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University of Warwick Reviews in Coventry, England

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
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  1.  

    as a student, it provides relatively free environment and access

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    Current Employee - Student in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Coventry, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    have various opportunities that worth to explore

    Cons

    personally think university needs to support students more in terms of doing sports, the entry fee for doing sports here is a bit expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i think they should thinking of spending more for student warfare, such as supporting students' activities, reduce the fees for doing sports etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Very positive experience

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Coventry, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent company with good career possibilities.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to get a job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    An engaging and fulfilling experience

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Coventry, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    There's so much to do, whether it's a sport activity, a gym workout or just socialising with friends in one of the many student bars, there's always something to do.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges involved in my job was the struggle with getting good results. This is fairly standard in the Chemical industry but challenging nonetheless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out more what motivates the student/worker, and try and focus on assisting the fulfillment of these values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Overall very positive experience

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    Former Employee - IT Tech in Coventry, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Tech in Coventry, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Warwick full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed this job a lot - I was trusted to make decisions and work alone despite being on a relatively low pay grade. Not that the pay was bad, I was just fairly junior. I was treated respectfully by my superiors and the atmosphere was always one of camaraderie. Occasional overtime available which even my manager took in order to meet deadlines: he wasn't above getting his hands dirty. He was fairly young too which you can take as a good indication of possibilities for career advancement.

    Cons

    Minimal 'perks' : you get your salary and that's about it. I didn't find this bothered me to be honest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The coffee machine probably saved you more money (in employee time wasted walking to the shop) than it cost you in rent. Consider the consequences of your actions!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - IT Tech in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Tech in Coventry, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    work life balance is good; relax work environment, no deadline to meet
    people help each other; The line manager is excellent
    training budget generous

    Cons

    limited promotion, since my department is not a big one. not as stable as before, some restructure and forced redundancy. Not much bonus, no extra insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    I was an Undergraduate Open Day Helper, and working within this capacity was very rewarding!

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Open Day Helper in Coventry, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Open Day Helper in Coventry, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Warwick part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The hourly pay rate is excellent for the type of work involved, and we also got holiday pay, which was an unexpected bonus. Training was available for people carrying out tours, and we were all given guidelines in case we were asked any unexpected or awkward questions!

    Cons

    Sometimes it was quite hard to strike up enthusiasm in the prospective students, but eventually they would overcome their shyness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some weeks the rota for who was working wasn't done properly, so some people got to work a lot of weeks, when other people didn't work many weeks at all. Too many helpers were taken on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    A good modern research university.

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Coventry, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    High impact research, Modern facilities, Student life, Reputation.

    Cons

    Expensive, Lack of co-ordination between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of co-ordination between the departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Research Fellow

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

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, nice staff support. We have flexible working hours. The benefit is OK, pension, child care vouchers.

    Cons

    The campus is far from the Coventry city center and the rail station, which makes it not easy to commute. The styles of the buildings look cheap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes it takes long time for the reply from HR or research office, which should be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    I will NOT advise coming to UoW for postgraduate studies

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

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

    Pros

    efficient supply, ordering and prep-room facilities
    high exposure to talks covering wide range of topics

    Cons

    - Interdisciplinary or any innovative work requiring access to facilities, new model organisms, or even just a collaborative work is passively but efficiently suppressed by a labyrinth of safety requirements which can not be even evaluated ahead of time co'z nobody can tell you what is the process.

    Example: before diving into a new project, you start with some reasonable paperwork and end up hunting for a signature by a designated person who is available once a month. Then you are told the signature is not sufficient and the paperwork is sent for another evaluation which will take take several weeks. The attitude is semi-rude and the comments are bewildering - each side says different things. The whole way of doing this safety evaluation suggests that the idea of doing something new is irrelevant and invasive. After idle attempts for three-four months, you realize the true state of things, give up and try to make up on the wasted time with some in-hand methods. No collaboration. No potentially exciting project.

    - IT support is more of an obstacle
    Examples:
      you arrive to a workshop and discover that, despite a proper early notice, IT did not manage to install the required software. You can not install it yourself as the computers are locked for new installations.

      IT will not help you with any problem related to your privet computer even if the software required for your research runs on PC only and you use your own computer to run this software. They do not support PCs in general. No discrimination here, just a rule.

      In general, what matters here is your personal relationship with the IT guys. If you are lucky to be pretty young female - you may get the password required to install any software of your machine. If you are just another research stuff, male, no blond - you may wait for a month (no exaggeration here!) for your software to be installed.
    Besides this, UoW is short on the number of I-net plugs. So you get a table and then are told that there is no I-net port available and you have to wait until somebody will leave and inherit you his/her port.

    - Working place: There is NO respect for the "thinking" part of research - you are placed in a walk-through room with 20 other people, with no privacy whatsoever, no proper ventilation, slamming doors and poor lightening and are expected to find it a productive environment.
    The office furniture is from 80s - 3 chairs I have tried were all broken. Not enough power points = we have chains of extensions running under our tables.

    On the other hand, money is invested in all the open spaces e.g. cafeteria, halls etc. People are of a less value that the look of this place.

    Recently they removed kitchenettes and installed water coolers. But nor kettles, no hot water. A glass of hot water in cafeteria is 50p.

    WCs... you must manage flushing only once! co'z after you flush - it takes 6-7 mins to get the water tank refilled. The results = restrooms are rarely clean in afternoons.

    Recycling bins have recently been installed and you get an email that trash bins in offices will be emptied once a week to "encourage" you to recycle. By the end of week, all the organics that can not be recycled and are dumped in the office bins stink. I am afraid to this what will happen in summer.

    Bottom line - very much in UoW is invested to make up the place as cool and nice and great. Unfortunately, after some time you discover that it's a very provincial University that tries to grab as many students as possible without investing neither in its people nor in its research facilities.

    If you are looking for a PhD or a post training - I would suggest skipping this Uni, unless there is no better place to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of organizing too many empty happening events and all-the-same workshops, run surveys on the performance of support facilities and respond to flaws. Ask people for their opinion and suggestions, cooperate instead of dumping on us your "innovative" initiatives.
    If you are really interested in good-quality teaching and research to happen in your University - make sure your support facilities are functional and your safety/ergonomics/other regulations are clear and doable withing reasonable period of time. Don't let regulation ppl rule scientist - scientists will either find their way around, stop reporting, or simply leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Excellent

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    Former Employee - Student Caller in Coventry, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student Caller in Coventry, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Warwick part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic campus and excellent research

    Cons

    Campus is a bit of a bubble

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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