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Updated September 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Very understanding of work-life balance; always helping to arrange work around studies, using a weekly sign-up system to organise shifts (in 12 reviews)

  • flexible working hours (can take as much time off as you wish) (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Just a part time student job so cannot really do it full time (in 5 reviews)

  • Academic staff are 'looked after' Professional Services staff within academic departments are not (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LSE part-time

    Pros

    Flexible Worktime is possible at LSE.

    Cons

    I have no specific cons.

    Advice to Management

    I have no specific advice.


  2. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LSE full-time

    Pros

    Good teacher and excellent environment

    Cons

    A little small but comfortable

  3. "Project officer"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LSE as a contractor

    Pros

    reputation, stimulating environment, flexibility, international

    Cons

    salary level, employment insecurity, lonesome work


  4. "Careers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment and culture.
    Very flexible working
    Excellent benefits, particularly annual leave and pension

    Cons

    Organisational changes can sometimes be slow


  5. "Well paid and good comms"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LSE part-time

    Pros

    Great people, well paid usually and some training advantages.

    Cons

    Not that much opportunity to progress.


  6. "LSE"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LSE as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, Good environment

    Cons

    Low salary and bad management

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary


  7. "World-class academics; poor culture, awful support staff"

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    Current Employee - Academic in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Academic in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many excellent academic staff.

    Cons

    Excessively bureaucratic and process-driven. Incompetent, apathetic, and highly disorganised HR staff. Unfortunately, some find every opportunity to blame students for their own errors and lack of judgment. It's little wonder why the institution is so notorious for low student satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some of the institution's vast riches on recruiting knowledgeable professional staff who actually care about their work (and student welfare). Failure to do so will only further impact on Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) results.

  8. "mediocre"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    a very professionally organized university

    Cons

    very unpleasant environment among some colleagues


  9. "good employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LSE part-time

    Pros

    friendly staff, flexible, good pay, diverse workplace

    Cons

    no progression
    part time staff on zero hour contracts arent valued as highly


  10. "Professional services staff at LSE"

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

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

    Pros

    - Seems to have higher salaries than many other universities, including within London
    - The USS pension is good
    - Many colleagues are bright and friendly
    - The public lectures are often excellent
    - In the UK, and even more so around the world in general, the university has a world-class pedigree, which it's a privilege to be associated with

    Cons

    - Minimal scope for professional progression. You get the impression that the university would be content to undertake the same role for the entirety of your career
    - Related to the previous point, the quality of line management, feedback and support for personal development seems variable
    - The place (i.e. its culture and ways of doing things) is slow to change

    Advice to Management

    - Ensure that professional services staff are properly supported to develop a strong suite of skills


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