University of Warwick Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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Pros
  • Come close to academics and scholars (in 5 reviews)

  • Excellent company with good career possibilities (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Expensive, Lack of co-ordination between departments (in 4 reviews)

  • The location in Coventry is a negative (in 3 reviews)

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  1. great place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Laboratory Technician in Royal Leamington Spa, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Laboratory Technician in Royal Leamington Spa, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good life and work balance, relaxing atmosphere

    Cons

    difficult to settle down due to lack of permanent positions


  2. PhD Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Warwick full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Opportunities, Facilities, People, Excellent Atmosphere

    Cons

    The location is not the best.


  3. Worked at the library cafe

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    Former Employee - Barista in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Barista in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fun group of people. Management open to suggestions on improving quality of coffee. Hours flexible and pay reasonable. Great work environment of a part time post.

    Cons

    The problem is you have a massive rush hour followed by many hours of not a lot to do. Yes you fill up the fridges and clean, but when that is done you get a bit bored. So time passes slower.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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  5. Learnt differently

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coventry, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coventry, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Warwick

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very interactive prof. Personal touch

    Cons

    They make a mess dealing with finances atleast for interns


  6. Research Scientist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Warwick

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic work place. Great campus.

    Cons

    Not easy access without a car


  7. Teaching assistant at Economics Department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Warwick part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good to do during your PhD, you do not need to do too many hours a week to cover the weekly rent that you might pay living in Coventry or Leamington Spa area. Overall, while this job is available only to PhD students, it is the most common way of additional funding chosen by the students, as is relatively easy and also not really competitive. Teaching classes is also a good experience for anyone considering further career in academia. Your presentation skills and confidence might also increase with practice, so overall this is probably a good option, and, as I said before, very widely chosen.

    Cons

    Possibly other types of jobs might be better for personal development, for example being a research assistant, although it depends on each case individually. The biggest disadvantage is probably the fact that for some courses the extra work such as marking of tests or essays is not paid additionally, and sometimes requires a lot of extra work.

    Advice to Management

    Possibly the organisation of the courses could be improved and classes allocation could be made more convenient for the TA's, but overall there are not really strong drawbacks.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Problem central admin

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Warwick

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Warwick is a very highly rated and prestigious university, especially for some particular departments.

    Cons

    Central admin have recently become very cut-throat, willing to kill off whole departments if they are not profitable, a worrying trend!

    Advice to Management

    Respect the fact that the entire business of the university should be to support teaching and research staff, not victimize them!


  9. A lack of leadership makes working here difficult

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Warwick full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good holiday allowance, salaries increase year-on-year, access to some great minds and free public lectures. Reasonable rates for on-site gym and learning vouchers are available cover a variety of subjects (languages, exercise classes)

    Cons

    The University is heavily decentralised, as such there's very little in the way of leadership or clarity from the central teams or senior management. For some areas this isn't much of a problem (Warwick Business School has made it an opportunity) but for communications and marketing it's an ongoing issue. There is also a general sense of malaise within the University and the outputs are mediocre at best. This may be the result of continually restricted budgets/moving targets as restructures and department reshuffles impact morale (I experienced three in under two years).

    Middle managers are fairly well-established and like to play it safe. As such, there's little room for creativity or career advancement within a department. Turn over, as you would expect, is quite high in certain teams and a lot of institutional knowledge is lost in the process. There are also some cultural issues within Warwick. It's very white, male dominated and if you fall into any minority group, it may be an uncomfortable place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Provide leadership not just management


  10. Good for ambitious people, not that great for academics

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

    I worked at University of Warwick full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good material base, beautiful campus, very high student level, some very good alumni.

    Cons

    Can be stressful, curriculum teaching is a bit distant with few contact hours, homeworks can be overwhelming. Some lecturers are... demotivating. Not very good work/life balance if one wants a good degree.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the lecture quality is what it should be. Raise salaries of the lecturers and contract teaching staff. Change homework structure. Maybe schedule some homework for the vacations.


  11. Very competitive environment

    Current Employee - Post Doc in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Post Doc in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Warwick full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    access to great talks and labs

    Cons

    Depends on your PI and colleagues but it can be a bit lonely and competitive

    Advice to Management

    Force your Professors to go on people management courses



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