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Edinburgh Napier University Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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  1. "Watch out for ENU - a university on its way to the top"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - KTP Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - KTP Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good staff welfare.
    The HR department is very supporting.
    I have not come across a member of the university who is not optimistic about he university.

    Cons

    Getting CoS from the Home Office, for new recruits (like when I was employed) takes ages. It would be good if the university can improve on this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep striving to achieve the visions.


  2. "great colleagues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I think staff here are pretty wonderful. Very collegial atmosphere and people listen to each other.

    Cons

    It's not a well-funded research university, so the pressure is on to get funding.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the difference between a strategic plan and a wish list!


  3. "Good salary and environment, staff development and performance appraisals needed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    Is a good environment in general with nice and friendly staff in the main. Good rates of pay for work done.

    Cons

    Some staff definitely have an easy set up with no drive for improvement and increased commitment.
    More career enhancements for high performing staff and talent within organisation
    Some of the support services poor and can be improved
    Senior management need to be visible and demonstrating improved results

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making the student experience the best, focus on bringing new staff into organisation to deliver change and improve results across key performance indicators


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  5. "meaningful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - School of Computing Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - School of Computing Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great to be in a supportive environment where sharing knowledge is the currency.

    Cons

    no staff room, in School of Computing


  6. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Research Fellow in Merchiston (Trinidad and Tobago)
    Current Employee - Principal Research Fellow in Merchiston (Trinidad and Tobago)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Merchiston campus is situated at a nice position easy to get to city centre and travel from the train station.The buildings are well maintained and clean. The teaching and research activities are going well, and you can get help easily.

    Cons

    University parking is an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Need to attract more fundings to improve laboratory facilities and wisely use the available space


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking ship"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Student and Academic Services in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Student and Academic Services in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The staff are generally hard working and passionate about their jobs. However not letting your colleagues down was the only reason to carry on working in such poor conditions.

    Cons

    Reactive instead of proactive. Decisions made without thought of consequence. Restructures done without staff consultation. Money wasted in some areas i.e. cut backs on staff, development, jobs, Money wasted in other areas such as refurbishing the reception area in one building four times in the space of four years. Not hiring replacement staff and expecting people to do two jobs at once without support or incentive. Main student support teams effected by cut backs and having to do two jobs at once - told this was the only option as there was absolutely NO money to rehire but then expanding the marketing team with 9 new positions to an already large team.
    Preference on 'new blood' i.e. very few opportunities for internal promotion. Dozens of internal staff being turned down for promotion/secondment opportunity/maternity cover etc over someone new from outside the organisation. This often in the case of current staff working up and successfully holding that position for several months but still being snubbed for the permanent job.
    Staff who have held a permanent position for years having to interview for their own jobs.
    Management don't work as hard as general staff.
    Refusing to fire staff even when given true cause in several situations.

    All of this has lead to a general feeling of a sinking ship. So much so that talented staff who have worked there for years have left. They have done this as there was no choice as there is no possibility of getting anywhere (e.g. development). This is such a strong, widespread feeling it has even cascaded down to the students.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff


  8. "one of the worst places to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + flexible working hours
    + not real pressure for almost anything as long as some "rules" are followed. For instance, it doesn't matter if your teaching material suck as long as you fill in a two hours lecture and the students are kept happy.
    + good salaries
    + if you are lazy who pretends to work hard, this is the place to be

    Cons

    - student satisfaction metrics can compromise quality of teaching.
    - too much office politics. If you don't get along with people who make decisions you are screwed.
    - nobody wants to be helpful even if this is their job, e.g. line managers. However, they are happily the first to point at someone if something goes wrong.
    - a few people only care about research
    - there is a lot of discrimination against several groups
    - there is not enough support for research related activities
    - management often blackmails employees with "loss of jobs" if... (add here anything you like)

    Advice to Management

    - don't be afraid to make changes, many line managers are useless and not needed.
    - micromanaging is also not effective.
    - spend more on research rather than teaching and the rankings will also go up
    - there are several people who do a lot of work and others don't. There should be fairness in distribution of responsibilities.
    - if you really plan to fire people in the future, make it clear. Having line managers implying redundancies only creates a climate of fear and competition rather than healthy ambition.
    - If the senior management is not aware of these... investigate!


  9. "Masters"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Student satisfaction is extremely important.
    Offers a good work/ life balance with flexible working hours. Excellent pension scheme with employer contributions circa 19.4%.

    Cons

    Although there are a lot of talented staff and colleagues at the University, the drive to turn the University into a Research intensive one is not proving successful, and impacts heavily upon staff morale with a negative affect on the culture.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Focus on Strengths!"

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

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    Student satisfaction is extremely important.
    Offers a good work/ life balance with flexible working hours. Excellent pension scheme with employer contributions circa 19.4%.

    Cons

    Although there are a lot of talented staff and colleagues at the University, the drive to turn the University into a Research intensive one is not proving successful, and impacts heavily upon staff morale with a negative affect on the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the University strengths and don't try to make it something it isn't.


  11. "academic work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Security in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Network Security in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    specialist work in field quite good

    Cons

    not very well organised from admin

    Advice to Management

    needs to stop trying to pick up fees



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