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Aston University Reviews

Updated February 8, 2017
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  1. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Aston University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment to work, good teams, interesting project. You have freedom to plan your work, as long as you are productive, there is no need to be there from 9am to 5pm

    Cons

    Sometime the labs are busy, so you have to wait to get access to the labs. The office is small as well so you need to share the office with 4-5 other postdocs


  2. "Best company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly, good benefits, love it

    Cons

    None! Great company to work for.


  3. "Friendly place to work but hard to progress"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Small campus, generally a nice place to work within reach of Birmingham city centre, made lots of friends.

    Cons

    Virtually no advancement opportunties for support staff. Lack of fair promotion system means that those who can curry favour with senior management tend to get promoted above the best people for the job. This is in contrast to academics, who have a procedure in place for promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Let's talk about job satisfaction instead of avoiding the issue.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Appalling place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aston University full-time

    Pros

    Many good people working here especially at more junior levels, close to Birmingham city centre and transport links, diverse student population, campus is being renovated, new vice chancellor has an opportunity to replace appalling senior and executive managers

    Cons

    Politicised environment, much conflict and bickering, staff are overworked and under-resourced, too much emphasis on research funding when it's really a teaching university, culture of bullying by senior management and executives, finance and legal departments are a mess and extremely poorly led

    Advice to Management

    End the bullying, start respecting people, stop thinking of yourselves as high and mighty


  6. "as good as it could be"

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    Former Employee - Cleaning Operative in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Cleaning Operative in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Aston University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Kind colleagues, living wage salary, understanding managers, and I'm going to waffle until the 20 word minimum is up now.

    Cons

    antisocial hours, some staff easier to get along with than others, broken facilities, but nothing out of the ordinary for your standard estates and capital developments job.

    Advice to Management

    fix your equipment, hire more staff or increase hours, almost ever member of staff will inevitably work overtime for all the tasks required properly, if they are not cutting corners in their hurry to leave.


  7. "principal head chef"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    none really senior management looks out for themselves

    Cons

    lack of opportunity long hrs

    Advice to Management

    no direction


  8. "Great!"

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

    Pros

    Lovely team and great culture

    Cons

    Little room for career progression


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    "Research Fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The University is located in a perfect place where is very for convenient for living, travelling and shopping. It has a friendly and multicultural environment.

    Cons

    The University's entry requirement isn't quite high so the student varies significantly.


  10. "Teaching Assisstant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aston University part-time

    Pros

    Great experience working with a lot of the lecturers in the Computer Science department. Great communication and generally a good environment to work in.

    Cons

    Many of the students were not interested in learning and asking questions. They should be encouraged more to ask questions.


  11. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good support, plenty of networking oppertunities

    Cons

    Depends on who your supervisor is!



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