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Queen's University Belfast Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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Pros
  • A university with great reputation and relatively good working environment for a job of this nature (in 8 reviews)

  • Friendly colleagues and work life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Expected not to have a life outside of work - the manager in my department is fairly negative about staff using the work-life balance policies (in 4 reviews)

  • The learning and career development modules are also no use (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Very supportive environment and great resources

    Cons

    Belfast isnt the greatest location

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Good intermediate career step"

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

    Pros

    Good pay for the cost of living
    A certain degree of creative freedom
    Small pockets of good research

    Cons

    Lack of ambition
    There is underqualified staff
    Administration slow and needs constant reminding
    Long hours

    Advice to Management

    Fewer people but better qualified
    Longer term contracts

  3. "Part Time Employee, Fundraising"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent university with great opportunities for part-time work while enrolled.

    Cons

    Somewhat strange pay schedule, but otherwise no cons.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "not a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Administration
    Former Employee - Research Administration
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Queen's University Belfast full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    money stretches well as Belfast is one of the cheapest cities in the UK, the staff tend to be friendly and inclusive and welcoming. The gym is great, easy to get to and runs good classes at quite a fair monthly fee for membership (that can be paid directly from salary).

    Cons

    Where do you start? It is hard to recruit to Belfast, so the quality of staff is poor. On both the academic and the admin side the staff would simply not have that job/level outside of NI. It is skewed heavily local, so there is bias and interconnection between people that is not helpful. Everyone is either related, grew up together, or know the same people and in an effort not to offend nothing moves forward. It is Russell Group on paper only, the quality is at best 2nd or 3rd tier (and in some areas that is being generous). The University is complacent and reliant on government funding so it is there is help local people get some form of education and pay local people to be academics or well paid administrators as they want to stay near home- nothing more, nothing less. It is now struggling with the beginning of a hiring freeze. Bullying is rampant and no matter how many complaints are levied no one wants to upset a distant relative or relatives ex-school mate. The new VC is causing huge disruption due to new policies but it is unclear if it is the right kind of shake up. It needs to be reshaped and reorganized to move with the times- but you need to have the skills or vision to do that.


  5. "PhD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Queen's University Belfast full-time

    Pros

    Multicultural, friendly, welcoming, professional, fundings

    Cons

    They do not offer any support for PhD students.


  6. "Great being a student at qub"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Queen's University Belfast full-time

    Pros

    Offers a very nice family friendly enviroment

    Cons

    the weather is not so good


  7. "Great spot"

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

    I have been working at Queen's University Belfast full-time

    Pros

    Great university, great people mostly and great facilities

    Cons

    Upper management making it all about the money which is having trickle down effect on staff unfortunately

  8. "Tax Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Normal Staff in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Normal Staff in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at Queen's University Belfast (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues and work life balance

    Cons

    Working Environment is too laid-back


  9. "KTP Associate - 2 year"

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    Former Employee - KTP Associate in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - KTP Associate in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Queen's University Belfast full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training and exposure to new technologies. Great plan for the KTP program itself and I learned alot. Would recommend over most graduate programmes as this did offer me access to great job oppertunities.

    Cons

    My KTP advisior was off/away for some of my KTP and never got really hands on. Also only a 2 year contract.

    Advice to Management

    Selection of who works on individual KTP's could be better


  10. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Queen's University Belfast full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Like most academic jobs, the flexibility to do what you want is amazing. Everyday has a new and exciting discovery.

    Cons

    Queens University Belfast is a mid-tier University whose funding is determined by idiots in Stormont. Therefore funding is stretched and you need to count the pennies.


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