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Updated May 13, 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 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Just a part time student job so cannot really do it full time (in 4 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. "Good benefits but loads of bureaucracy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great working hours (35hrs/week) and benefits like 25 days of annual leave plus School closure days on top of that.
    Good experience for someone starting out.

    Cons

    Very, very bureaucratic. Everything needs to go through lengthy approval processes. Typical for an HE organisation though.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "LSE Support Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Invest heavily in people, great holiday package and job security

    Cons

    A big divide between academic and support staff. A lot of lifers who are there for the paycheck.


  4. "Research employee review"

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    Current Employee - Research Officer
    Current Employee - Research Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant, stimulating work. Awesome people who are driven.

    Cons

    Unresponsive HR communication. Contract renewal also needed a lot of hoops documents.


  5. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LSE part-time

    Pros

    Reasonably good pay for the work done. Good student feedback process which facilitates improvement. Great place to start a teaching career.

    Cons

    Could do with a little bit more training. Having no prior experience certainly makes the first few weeks of term challenging. Sometimes a little out of the loop regarding assessment structure etc.


  6. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at LSE as a contractor

    Pros

    Working with world class academics in Economics.

    Cons

    The administration and HR can be quite frustrating and slow.


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Officer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at LSE part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent reputation globally. My manager was very understanding when I needed time to work flexibly and remotely.

    Cons

    Didn't get an office - stuck in a noisy open area.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work with just a few improvements needed"

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

    I have been working at LSE full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Fantastic brand and values. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Departments work in silos, which is not helped by senior management. More focus on academic development than on professional services development.

    Advice to Management

    Get the balance right between supporting Academics and Professional Services. More direction needed from top in terms of priorities for professional services departments.


  9. "Graduate Student at LSE"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reputation Culture Faculty InfrastructurePlacementsCoursework

    Cons

    Work and life balance
    Examination Systems
    Fee Structure


  10. "Contract research staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stimulating working environment, good central location, support services very good, good benefits for families, prestigious institution, lots of help with applying for research funding

    Cons

    Limited support for research staff ( as opposed to faculty members), too many short contracts, relatively low salaries compared to similar institutuons

    Advice to Management

    Improve opportunities for research staff to develop their careers and gain teaching experience.


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