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Queen's University Belfast Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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Professor Patrick G. Johnston
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Pros
  • A university with great reputation and relatively good working environment for a job of this nature (in 6 reviews)

  • Good benefits and approaches to equality and work-life balance (on paper) (in 3 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)

  • It depends on the makeup of senior management within departments and directorates (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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    • Career Opportunities
    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.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "not a great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Student Assistant Role"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    Pros

    I work there part time, and they are very flexible with scheduling and working when suits me best.

    Cons

    The pay system is strange to me, you get paid for a month's work at a time, but a month late. So it took 2 months to get my first pay check at all.


  7. "PhD Student"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great staff and funding for conference travel made it a great experience.

    Cons

    Experience dependent on group/supervisor so can vary significantly
    Slow to get new equipment


  8. "PhD in QUB"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Positive experience overall, provision of facilities and resources required for research. Very nice and friendly working environment.

    Cons

    A bit slow admin work, not so many institutions around to collaborate


  9. "PhD postgraduate student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and positive people makes QUB a good place to work at. The campus has been renovated and it has new functional buildings.

    Cons

    The lack of financial resources dedicated to the research causes the laboratories to be under-equipped and the instrumentation quite old.

    Advice to Management

    Try to raise the bar of PhD students. This means to treat them not just as postgraduate students but as actual researches.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It pays the bills"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable salary (if you can stay within the scope of the role)

    Cons

    Expected to put in extra hours/take on additional work (often the duties of a higher grade) and not get paid for them
    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.
    Poor support and communication from managers

    Advice to Management

    Work to live, not live to work.

    Treat staff with respect and stop taking advantage of them


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Nice campus, nice staff, very aggressive senior management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Queen's University Belfast full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fairly flexible on working hours
    Nice location
    Nice staff accomodation

    Cons

    Job constantly under threat
    Work hours beyond reasonable to meet some made up crazy targets
    Management are very aggressive and demanding

    Advice to Management

    Clam down and trust your staff. Stop measuring constantly. Give staff some job security.



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