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Cardiff University Cardiff Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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Cardiff, Wales (UK)

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Cardiff University President & Vice-Chancellor Colin Riordan
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Pros
  • There is a good work/life balance policy that allows you to apply for flexible working if you have good reason to request it (in 6 reviews)

  • Friendly working environment where you can meet lots of new people across the university (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Fixed term contracts - no stability (in 4 reviews)

  • Don't expect 100% time for research (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people - I just can't get over how lovely, driven and hardworking everyone is. A true team atmosphere.
    The work - Varied enough to be interesting at all times.
    Location - Many offices around the city centre.
    Holiday entitlement - Excellent.
    Great pension Contributions.

    Cons

    None as of yet. I would stay forever if I could.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. You clearly believe in what you're doing and what you want to achieve. It shows at all times.


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    "Lovely team"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, you are allowed to work from home on some occasions. Even if you are an entry level staff your opinions are valued. Opportunity to develop other skills provided.

    Cons

    The job can get a bit monotonous at times especially if you have to stick to one project for a year or more.


  3. "PhD student"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cardiff, Wales (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excelent teaching with innovative research

    Cons

    nothing to say against it


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  5. "Not impressed"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cardiff University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    holiday, resaonable pay and I worked with a nice set of people

    Cons

    managers, restructure every few years

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your students more not the reserach money


  6. "Wales Gene Park Operations Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous Pension and Annual Leave Allowance.

    Cons

    Ageing Estate, slow to implement change, very traditional


  7. "PhD work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and innovative work being carried out by people who are at the forefront of their field of research. Friendly people makes a pleasant working environment.

    Cons

    There is not much structure to the PhD, it does not feel like I am progressing my career, maybe it is because I am not suited to working in research!

    Advice to Management

    Structure the PhD courses better, reduce workload on supervisors so they have more time for their students. More communal presentations that are compulsory would be good.


  8. "Godd environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Information Analyst in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Information Analyst in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cardiff University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly campus and environment and easy to access

    Cons

    Never going to make much money here


  9. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrative in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrative in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at Cardiff University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team spirit among other employees

    Cons

    Pay could be a bit more

    Advice to Management

    Encourage people to be a bit more creative


  10. "Lecturer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A peaceful city with nice people here. Love working here.

    Cons

    The cafeteria is not satisfying and food is not healthy.

    Advice to Management

    Be more efficient.


  11. "Good but inconsistent"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Venues Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Venues Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very flexible role, choosing the days to work around university study. Friendly working environment where you can meet lots of new people across the university.

    Cons

    Poorly organised at times and little is done to address concerns until the last minute. Rota is inconsistent and seen by some as favouritism, especially when overstaffed during quiet times.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to each other. Issues are often known by some and not others. When there is an issue, act on it regardless of whether you will be there for the consequence should it not be dealt with.


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