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Updated October 17, 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)

  • 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. "Careers"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Good short-term experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great faculty and colleagues. Interactions with world-class scholars

    Cons

    Competitive environment and high turnover

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "Student Helper at Careers Service - friendly part-time work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Helper in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student Helper in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very understanding of work-life balance; always helping to arrange work around studies, using a weekly sign-up system to organise shifts
    - Paid 10 pounds an hour often for 'easy' work, such as organising queues and crowds, registering attendees, arranging venue furniture, etc.
    - Evening and weekend shifts available
    - No minimum amount of work

    Cons

    - Ad hoc working, not to be relied on throughout the years
    - Even if you sign up for a shift, you may not be allocated to it

    Advice to Management

    There could be more of a rotation system among Student Helpers to ensure those who want to sign up for more shifts can do so, without others working more or less!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Professional services staff at LSE"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "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


  10. "Excellent employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LSE part-time

    Pros

    Great location, people and opportunities

    Cons

    none really, only left for personal reasons


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