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Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. "Research at Cranfield"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Cranfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Cranfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cranfield University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It has some of the best engineering facilities in the world. It is an ideal environment for conducting research as it is located in an isolated area.

    Cons

    There are challenges with researcher/supervisor interface and this needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    There is a need to develop better relations between researchers and supervisors so as obtain better research outcomes.


  2. "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cranfield University full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for personal development and cross collaboration on research projects.
    Plenty of access to short courses to improve research capabilities and It skills.

    Cons

    Projects can be demanding with regards to expected time frames. Some times health & safety can be over the top, which hinders progress.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic with time frames for completing projects, especially considering the lengthy process of health & safety requirements. Do not over promise what can be delivered to industry partners to win research projects.


  3. "Visiting Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Visiting Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Visiting Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Purpose driven career research work with exco level executives all over the world.

    Cons

    Not much contact with faculty cross disciplines.

    Advice to Management

    Create more community for faculty


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  5. "Research fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cranfield University full-time

    Pros

    Reputed University in the UK

    Cons

    Nothing specific about Cranfield University


  6. "Working as a Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good opportunity to meet interesting people working alongside you! (including lecturers, fellow students and cranfield staff - mostly from the marketing department).

    Fulfilling to contribute to promoting and assisting prospective/incoming students to a world-class university for post-graduates.

    Extra income

    Flexible (can book onto shifts of your choosing)

    Friendly staff/managers

    Cons

    Not a stable source of income - it is a great bonus income, but can be non-consistent in terms of shift availability.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! Was good fun!


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of development opportunities
    Supportive managers who work to coach and develop the staff
    Really welcoming induction to new staff
    Friendly environment

    Cons

    The campus location is not in a town/city and therefore can be difficult to get too but I knew this when I applied for the role. It is not a huge concern for me.


  8. "Cranfield University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cranfield University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pleasant surroundings at both campuses, great STEMM university with lots going on and its own airport at Cranfield campus! International contacts and reputation.

    Cons

    Difficulties around the two campuses working together with the geographical separation. Opportunities for promotion, although I imagine it is the same with a lot of similar institutions.

    Advice to Management

    Press forward with the work to streamline and equalise pathways for promotion, both academic and non-academic, to promote staff retention and satisfaction.


  9. "Working at Cranfield"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cranfield University full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment, with very supportive colleagues and working with some talented people

    Cons

    Both a pro and a con, the university is in the countryside and so is quite remote


  10. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good location. Friendly colleagues and interesting work. Good career development and promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    Academic egos. Pay and benefits could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce better management training for academic staff


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Change is making things worse"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Industry focused and postgraduate-only. Generally speaking people can develop their research freely as long as the funding exists.

    Cons

    Level of autonomy is reducing, with too many self-important people including themselves in approval processes. Slows things down and prevents people from actually doing useful things!

    Advice to Management

    Give people more control and flexibility over their work



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