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Updated May 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Very good work/life balance when working in a professional services department People are generally great (in 11 reviews)

  • flexible working hours (can take as much time off as you wish) (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Just a part time student job so cannot really do it full time (in 4 reviews)

  • The only issue is that working on a contract-basis, benefits are limited for non-academic staff of the university (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good at work, bad atmosphere"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits including salary and opprotuiity to train and learn
    Highly functioning team, able to tackle tasks efficiently
    Location is superb, central London

    Cons

    Not overly social atmosphere, people tend to remain in silos
    Working atmosphere can be overly dramatic
    Lack of information regarding what else is going on in the School

    Advice to Management

    Make more of an effort to communicate with colleagues and especially those from different teams in more than a working capacity


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good environment, but can be stressful"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are lots of learning and development opportunities. Work-life balance is generally acceptable and the interesting LSE programme guarantees there is always opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Salaries for professional staff is less than at comparable universities. Departments appear rather thinly stretched at times.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees and students and introduce meaningful measures across the university to address complaints.


  3. "Could be better and more fair"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LSE full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, not bad conditions, good company policies, good environment.

    Cons

    Discrimination still an issue, bad management, increase of inequality, there is favoritism practices from management, they are not following the recruitment procedures in order to meet equality, sometimes the position are already decided previous the recruitment process take place.

    Advice to Management

    Belief in LSE polices and apply them. School policies are not just a tick-box to fill in.


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  5. "Current employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employee benefits (pension contribution, annual leave entitlement)
    Generous attitude to training and development (if you can make time for it)
    Responsive HR department

    Cons

    Poor career development opportunities
    Very restrictive with regards to pay progression, bonus schemes etc
    Management take little ownership/responsibility for projects and initiatives
    Change is slow

    Advice to Management

    Get the basics right - e.g. turn up to meetings on time, don't spend meetings on your laptops doing other work
    Communicate amongst your peers
    Take responsibility for assigned actions


  6. "LSE"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at LSE full-time

    Pros

    Nice People to work with

    Cons

    Disjointed management and service staff treated as replaceable at any level


  7. "diverse organisation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of opportunities for flexible working

    Cons

    not a very managerial culture and the structure of the organisation creates difficulties


  8. "Bloated administrative staff with diminishing opportunities for academics"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Teaching Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Teaching Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LSE as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    World-leading institution that is filled with loads of interesting, intelligent, high-achieving people from around the world. Great brand recognition.

    Cons

    Little career development, exceptionally poor management from above, generally an unfriendly and unhelpful place to work in a day-to-day sense.

    Advice to Management

    Better management training for the School's leaders, reduce the layers of useless admin staff, better mood would lead to a more productive workplace, and get over yourself.


  9. "Very low salary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Guest Teacher (Mathematics)
    Current Employee - Guest Teacher (Mathematics)

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

    Pros

    Some great students that are fun to work with
    Central Location in London

    Cons

    Pay is very uncompetitive and this makes it impossible to get buy in London without other sources of income on the side.


  10. "Student"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LSE part-time

    Pros

    Highly regarded University good for social sciences

    Cons

    Difficult to grasp certain topics not always clear

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate more on Student satisfaction


  11. "PhD Candidate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LSE full-time

    Pros

    World class education institution with renowned professors

    Cons

    Can be a very dry place to stay


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