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Updated July 19, 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 5 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good policies on paper don't translate to good policies in practice"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LSE full-time

    Pros

    It has a good (undeserved) reputation

    Cons

    Bullying by middle management is rife. HR is useless.

    Advice to Management

    Take control - stop letting middle managers run departments as their own private fiefdoms


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Don't be fooled"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Academic pay scale so fairly generous salary
    Some great colleagues

    Cons

    Where do I start?

    Blatant nepotism.
    Blatant favouritism
    Complete incompetents in important positions
    Management failure to hold complete incompetents to account
    Poor line management
    A completely disinterested and out of their depth line manager
    Snobbery
    Lack of any team vibe
    In-fighting
    Poor decision making
    Lack of dissemination of information

    And so it goes on...

  3. Helpful (1)

    "High turnover"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generous holiday and school closure days
    Prestigious university
    Colleagues are friendly and hardworking
    Attempting to improve
    Money towards hobbies, eye care vouchers etc

    Cons

    It's so frustrating as it could be such a good place to work but:
    Processes non existent
    Outdated technology
    Employees treated differently
    Long hours

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision on something and do it! Changes take so long to actually happen and then they wonder why people lose interest.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Structural misogyny"

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at LSE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented colleagues, well remunerated, generous holiday, excellent benefits package. A fine academic legacy.

    Cons

    Female non-academic staff (i.e. managerial posts) are too often treated like secretaries, despite frequently having equivalent qualifications to academic staff. Female heads of department and professional staff asked to make tea, photocopy, powder the nose of a speaker.
    Male research assistants too often seemed to be given preferential treatment over female ones and allowed to progress quicker.
    All-male panels common.
    Poor transparency of decision making.
    Favoured academics allowed to run their own fiefdoms bypassing HR and equal opportunities policies.
    Unpaid overtime expected (including all nighters, weekends) and not even thanked. Impossible deadlines routinely given & staff set up to fail.
    Organisation VERY SLOW to pay freelancers which could be embarrassing.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is very well meaning but seems to find it hard to penetrate into all corners of the organisation, and as such seemed to be unaware of systemic inequality. On paper the organisation's equal opportunities policies look great but these are often wilfully ignored in practice. More effort needed to support women in management, particularly at a peer to peer level - recommend this is addressed as a priority.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay, poor working environment."

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

    Pros

    The pay is quite good and the location is great, the campus has great views of the City of London, working with the students is always a pleasure.

    Cons

    LSE has taught me that bad people get to high places in life. The offices are quiet and intense, they are not flexible or supportive. I am uncomfortable if I ever make small mistakes in the role and I am either micro managed or ignored. There is a lot of claims that they were trying to change but I didn't see any evidence. The NSS reflects life more generally on campus. The director sends passive aggressive emails to the entire school that make me feel uncomfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff more, don't make empty claims you can't keep, don't put people with no management skills into management roles. Listen to your staff and students, they're not happy.


  6. "Mixed bag"

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

    I have been working at LSE full-time

    Pros

    Motivated employees working mostly on goodwill and some interesting work

    Cons

    Employees undervalued by poor senior management, Professional services salaries no longer competitive and people stuck at same level for years without a payrise, disengaged and damaging academic attitudes, poor student and staff support

    Advice to Management

    Address your salary scales and show staff they are valued


  7. "LSE Careers"

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    Former Employee - Careers Representative
    Former Employee - Careers Representative
    Recommends

    I worked at LSE part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Increases knowledge of career events.

    Cons

    Not enough time for studies.

  8. "Mostly reasonable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pays well and on the whole they are accomodating

    Cons

    They try to get the most from you


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Highly competitive"

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

    Pros

    Great connections to established companies and the smartest people.

    Cons

    Competitive culture and lack of feed back given.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Eh"

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    Former Employee - Part Time Research/Program Support in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Part Time Research/Program Support in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LSE part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a beautiful and well-known university at the heart of London

    Cons

    Professors were less impressive that I expected- could just have been my department

    Advice to Management

    Try to generally be less dysfunctional! Don't push beloved professors out (by say, cutting their well-attended class in their area of specialty and forcing them to teach large lecture intro classes), even if they are a bit ornery and maybe try working in a company sometime to make your work a bit more relevant.


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