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Edinburgh Napier University Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2019

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3.3
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Andrea Nolan
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  • "Bad organisation between lectures, classes overlapping themselves and taking off classes you would like to do(in 5 reviews)

  • "Senior management need to be visible and demonstrating improved results(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Overall a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - UI-UX Designer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people, flexible working, interesting work

    Cons

    Outdated structure, lots of silos

    Edinburgh Napier University2019-07-04
  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Professional Services Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Culture, colleagues, pension, work-life balance. Opportunities to try new things and develop. Good access to staff at all levels of the business.

    Cons

    A bit risk averse and can be slow in making change. Leadership direction can be poor.

    Edinburgh Napier University2019-06-14
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Not Recommended"

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Developer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Buildings and offices are well laid out, equipment is of good quality and up to spec, some venues have nice gardens and grounds. The academic arm is doing the best it can possibly do and provides good quality service to students. Majority of ground workers are extremely pleasant and very good to work with.

    Cons

    Poor hiring decisions and senior management level over a number of years. Internal promotion and hiring based on who they are and not ability to the job. Career path in IT not in line with the rest of the sector, cannot progress without giving up what you love doing. Female applicants for IT positions are being dropped despite great talent being displayed in practical test at interview in favor of people that perform...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire externally from senior management positions. Flatten management structure. Learn lessons from feedback as opposed to imposing staff engagement processes on staff as punishment for negative feedback.

    Edinburgh Napier University2019-05-02
  4. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University part-time

    Pros

    Good working environment, friendly staff and flexible working time

    Cons

    Changes in leadership team cause uncertainty.

    Edinburgh Napier University2019-04-12
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid at all costs."

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary, sick leave and holiday entitlements

    Cons

    Clique colleague work culture which can be intimidating

    Advice to Management

    if you have different ideas or ways to do things then you will be cased out and bullied into a corner by staff, management and HR. Definite favoritism amongst staff. Not a good company to work for, if you are disliked!

    Edinburgh Napier University2019-04-18
  6. "Napier"

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

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    Flexi-time means a reasonable work-life balance, modern campuses, good range of inhouse training

    Cons

    Very few career development opportunities

    Edinburgh Napier University2019-03-14
  7. "Gym Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Gym Instructor in Sighthill, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Countless opportunities to learn and grow as an employee. In connection with this, the management team would always put time aside to aid with any internal issues.

    Cons

    Issues with budgeting would result in certain areas not been given enough attention. However, this was always addressed and also a common issue for many large scale universities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Debate for a larger share of the budget so as to insure an incredible service for all customers. With that in mind, try to also make sure that the money is used appropriately and understand that money should be spent on what is asked for and not just on a whim.

    Edinburgh Napier University2019-01-08
  8. Helpful (1)

    "All change; but none for the better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Holiday entitlement and sick-pay benefits

    Cons

    Management turnstile constantly revolving therefore no clear direction. No career progression or training of relevance to role. A bureaucratic meritocracy where hard work goes unrewarded and creativity and talent largely is ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Management in my department bailed to the last. The new batch should listen to their staff and act on their recommendations.

    Edinburgh Napier University2019-02-04
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Colleagues were generally nice and tried to give students a good experience despite bad management decisions.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, a change of principle lead to a general bad approach to university leadership and planning with even good ideas turning bad as they were then badly implemented. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in higher positions they really should not be in, but promotion is often whether you are liked by the management higher up or not. As an example, a voluntary redundancy which was supposed to target a few...

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    Advice to Management

    Resign before you damage this university beyond repair, as you have had long enough to realise your mistakes, but you have not.

    Edinburgh Napier University2018-12-17
  10. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good holidays,

    Cons

    lower pay scale than other universities

    Edinburgh Napier University2018-09-18
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