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Updated November 16, 2017
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  • in the middle of nowhere, without a car it is very complicated to get out of campus (in 3 reviews)

  • The only cons is the life after work (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Research Fellow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cranfield University full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly colleagues, high collaboration among departments.

    Cons

    Location is middle of nowhere.


  2. "MSc Strategic Marketing student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cranfield University full-time

    Pros

    outstanding teaching faculty, campus service

    Cons

    location is not very good, transportation is not convenient

  3. "Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Cranfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Cranfield, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working hours
    Flexibility
    Good pay
    A lot of money for development and trainning

    Cons

    Too much management
    Too industry focused


  4. "Great place for postgraduate study"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    High level of support from supervisors and department in general - good community spirit.

    Cons

    Lab work delays due to broken down equipment - not enough backups and can take months to get fixed.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the labs.


  5. "An excellent place to be!"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher In Aerospace in Cranfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher In Aerospace in Cranfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Location is ideal for studying. There is a good reason they call Cranfield the "Monastery of Engineering" - it promotes devotion to the subject one has chosen to master.
    - The Staff is truly knowledgeable. They will often have surprisingly useful and insightful advice in any kind of difficulties (e.g. when working on a multi-national, multi-corporate projects or dealing with project complexities).
    - Sport, wellbeing and recreation facilities are excellent. There is a huge list of clubs and societies to cater for the most extravagant preferences (e.g. an astronomical society, a walking club, a gliding club, yoga, martial arts etc.)
    - Cranfield is truly considered serious in the industry around the world. I've worked with Cranfield grads holding expert positions at companies in the UK, in mainland Europe, or even in Canada and Australia. This is indeed a place to be if one desires to become part of the world's most advanced Aerospace community.

    Cons

    - To the individuals used to the hustle and fumes of the big city being out in the green fields may seem boring or depressing. But again, the remote location is a huge benefit if one comes here to devote their time to do proper research. Having a car or at least a bicycle is highly recommended.
    - While the staff is knowledgeable and true experts in their fields involved with the top-notch industry projects, they are very busy with teaching the Master students and spending time with them. Thus, they expect the PhD students to express significant abilities for autonomous work and self-management. While it IS expected that a PhD student is self-motivated and able to work well on their own, only consulting their supervisors when the most critical issues arise (it is highlighted in the book named "How to get a PhD"), some of the less-mature or guidance-dependent students may regard this as one of the most significant challenges.
    - Prepare to work hard. Whatever project you get onto, it seems that Cranfield is pushing it to the limit and expects very high productivity out of its students, whether MSc or PhD.

    Advice to Management

    The best improvement I'd envisage is to distribute some kind of preparatory guidance to the coming students. Once they've been accepted onto a course, it may help them to be informed that a lot of work is coming up their way, which shall require significant personal effort and self-management capability. This may reduce the amount of unfair negative feedback received from many students who did not find life at Cranfield as easy as they might have hoped for.


  6. "Ph.D. Student"

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    Current Employee - Ph D Student in Cranfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Ph D Student in Cranfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Auto-management
    - Learn many transferable skills
    - Become an expert on a topic

    Cons

    - University is remotely placed
    - Very little social life going on


  7. "World-leading research university"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cranfield University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, lots of people passionate about what they do and the management empowers staff to just get on and do great stuff!

    Cons

    Well known globally in its field but should perhaps have more recognition locally and nationally.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job and innovating to stay ahead :)

  8. "Postgraduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Isolated location so you can concentrate on your study.

    Cons

    1. Very poor course organizations.
    2. Hardware is very bad: outdated computers and very limited access, small gym
    3. Lecturers don,t seem like they care about students that much.

    Advice to Management

    Organize your course and staff before taking new students in.


  9. "PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cranfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cranfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unique research style environment, very nice support from supervisors

    Cons

    life after work might be boring

    Advice to Management

    To live better here, you need a car


  10. "PhD Researcher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team with good professional relationships.
    Support at hand when required.

    Cons

    Location a bit inaccessible
    Not much on the social side of things

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more interdisciplinary research.


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