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Lancaster University Reviews

Updated July 31, 2017
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  1. "Decent enough."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to project stakeholders (e.g. funders)
    Very good equipment (e.g. all Macs)
    HR takes an interest in career development nearing the end of project funding.
    Well supported by management.

    Cons

    Central university administration is problematic sometimes (inconsistent, not really taking ownership).
    The difference in work for 'senior research associate' and 'research associate' is arbitrary, even though the pay is at a different level.

    Advice to Management

    Allow easier transition between 'senior research associate' and 'research associate' roles based on experience and talent.


  2. "Good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Lancaster, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lancaster University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back, not stressful, secure

    Cons

    No one is particularity motivated, non-academic staff are fairly unambitious

    Advice to Management

    Less red tape. Flatter hierarchy

  3. "Industrial Placement year review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Alumni Coordinator in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Alumni Coordinator in Lancaster, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lancaster University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of freedom and possibilities.

    Cons

    University politics often effected how/when things got done.


  4. "Good work for a student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lancaster University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible work allowed me to work around my studies

    Cons

    Bit too informal around structuring work


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Too Many Cooks"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lancaster, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lancaster, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team of people, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Beautiful campus setting with great views. Excellent facilities on site.

    Cons

    Lack of trust from senior management. VERY political, to the point where projects almost grind to a halt whilst decisions are awaited. Some members of the senior management will not hesitate to shout and swear in meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff, they are a very talented team.


  6. "Good place to work at"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lancaster University feels a vibrant and it is heading in a good direction, more and more very reputable academics are hired. Collaboration between departments is a a bit patchy.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no issue with Lancaster University. The biggest drawback of living in Lancaster is the UK itself. Public safety is not the best, a lot of drunkards and potheads everywhere on the weekend, houses are old and of not good quality and only a portion of the English people are approachable. Being a small, essentially rural setting, a lot of these societal problems manifest.

    Advice to Management

    The overall aim of the university is to become global. Hence the management should value your European and international employees much more. They should organize much more gatherings aimed at faculty socializing and in-house networking. No services are provided to ease the transition for the more introverted faculty coming from abroad.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are very friendly and always happy to help.

    Cons

    There are not that many opportunities for progression.

  8. "Good Student job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Lancaster University part-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and a vibrant area for students to work in. All of the bar/floor staff members are strictly students, thus making it a good place to make friends and earn money at the same time.

    Cons

    It's a night-shift job, thus making a negative impact on your studies, unless your sleeping pattern is clocked to perfection.

    Advice to Management

    More trainings regarding cleandowns, more incentives based on effort and not sales figures. Other than that, you are doing a terrific job guys, all the best!


  9. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice contained campus and not spread out over the town
    modern facilities (at least for informatics)
    great and helpful staff and colleagues

    Cons

    Sometimes confusing when handling HR related tasks. Lots of forms to fill in and web seminars to complete.

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  10. "Good place to work as a professor"

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    Current Employee - Professor
    Current Employee - Professor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent working atmosphere
    Nice campus with many on-site facilities (restaurants, shops, banks, pharmacy)
    Ambitious management on all levels
    Excellent paper-free and smooth admin processes

    Cons

    Lancaster is a small city, hence limited cultural life
    Heavy traffic at peak hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep this style of management


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