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Updated May 12, 2017
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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. "Invigilator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cardiff University part-time

    Pros

    Good flexible hours, helpful colleagues

    Cons

    low pay, very tyring, no breaks,


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Research Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cardiff University full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay.
    Good support staff (such as libraries and tech support.
    I can't think of anything else.

    Cons

    Terrible boss. "Dirty" ethical practices, and tolerated by higher management.
    Terrible support from administration in adhering to contractually agreed upon terms.
    Very slow movers.
    A lot of "jobsworth" practices in administrative functions.
    The administration - and most coworkers - "just don't care" about people.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your bad apples, no matter how much grant money they bring in.


  3. "Interesting work, poor pay"

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

    I worked at Cardiff University part-time

    Pros

    -Interesting, challenging work
    -Nice, smart people

    Cons

    - Pay can be poor, and often doesn't accurately reflect the amount of work completed.


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  5. "No complaints!"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I got my PhD at Cardiff university and went on to become a post doc there for a total of one and a half years. I felt supported by the university throughout both my PhD and post docs.

    Cons

    There could be some improvement in sharing equipment between Schools/Departments to advance everyone's research. Also, I would prefer if it was possible for post docs to move up the academic ladder within the university, but there doesn't seem to be guidance or enthusiasm for this.

    Advice to Management

    Allow post docs to apply for fellowships/grants independently to facilitate their academic career from within the university.


  6. "Great environment"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    There is a very supportive environment, the support staff are very helpful and most senior staff do not seem to care about hierarchy.

    Cons

    There is not very good integration between different lab groups / floors. The processing of employment paperwork and payment was very slow for me, but may have been due to rare circumstances with my funding.

    Advice to Management

    Put on more departmental or school away days to help groups / floors bond together and improve communication about any issues or ways to improve things.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Administrator/Office Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cardiff University part-time

    Pros

    Lovely people, good variety of work, supportive environment - would highly recommend.

    Cons

    A number of slow/admin heavy systems, at times bureaucratic.


  8. "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

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    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.


  9. "Becoming corporate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good pay and generous holiday allowance

    Cons

    Becoming very corporate. It's more a business now than ever, not a charity any more.


  10. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Freedom to dictate individual work plane

    Cons

    Research environment is demanding; esp in regard to acquiring funding


  11. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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