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Sheffield Hallam University Reviews

Updated May 13, 2017
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  1. "Great organization to work with"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant & Reviewer in Allston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant & Reviewer in Allston, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Sheffield Hallam University (More than a year)

    Pros

    great people, flexible management, lot of potential to improve

    Cons

    Needs more funding, more opportunity for international students, nothing else is a con


  2. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Substance Abuse Treatment in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Substance Abuse Treatment in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, cool staff, polite, real relaxed atmosphere,

    Cons

    Late hours, away from family a lot

    Advice to Management

    Get a little more loose. Get from being so stiff.


  3. "Brilliant"

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

    I have been working at Sheffield Hallam University part-time

    Pros

    Ready to work around you
    Free Lunch
    Friendly Staff
    Competitive Rates of Pay
    Great Experience

    Cons

    Honestly, I don't think there are an cons to working here. Other than parking can sometimes be hard to find.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the atmosphere, friendly and relaxed yet professional, and keep students at the forefront of all thinking.


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  5. "Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great city campus, great course

    Cons

    No downsides as of yet


  6. "Accommodation Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sheffield Hallam University part-time

    Pros

    As a part time job during my undergraduate degree, one of the jobs I had was to give prospective students tours of hall. Very flexible hours, with friendly staff and easy application process.

    Cons

    Not many hours work, but naturally only work when there was an open day. Good pay for very little effort so overall very worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps be more organised with the supervisors as some were very 'all over the place' and made the University seem unorganised.


  7. "A great place to work and develop"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - good opportunities to develop skills
    - good investment in training
    - flexible hours
    - good holiday allowance

    Cons

    - no chance of performance-related bonus in my role

    Advice to Management

    As above, look at ways of rewarding work


  8. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life is good and team is friendly

    Cons

    Compensation should be improved and employees should be engaged in different activities


  9. "Good employer- but a lover of complex systems."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits for academic staff are solid. Good holiday allowance (including statutory Bank Holidays), with the option of a (still) great pension. Your mileage will vary on how well you are managed - generally a 'hands off' approach. Great city to work / live in - and the University feels like it is integrated well into city life. The staff are mostly very friendly.

    If you know what you are getting into (academia), then SHU can be a good home, in a beautiful city full of wonderful people.

    Cons

    Some comments about academic life in general:
    - starting salary is low. It stays low too, until suddenly it isn't.
    - work hours are long. Bids don't write themselves, and you'll have to do this in your evenings & weekends.
    - your name will be replaced / bumped down the pecking order on bids and stuff if you're junior, as funders like to give money to people they know. If this will ding your self esteem, take note.
    - contracts are short, too. You might get a 6 month post-doc, then on to another contract (if you've found the time to write the bid), and so on.
    - depending on your field, competition for research posts can be cut-throat.
    - hyper-intelligent people, at the top of their field, are not necessarily good educators / managers.

    Some comments about SHU (in addition to the above general comments):
    - systems, systems, systems. Some work well, but it will take you a while until you feel that you have a good handle on it. The administration staff are indispensable, and they are (mostly) outstanding (ACES faculty was where I worked).
    - It often feels that the university's c-suite don't have a good handle on what life feels like 'on the ground'. This might be a communication issue, or it might have been the 'silo' I was working in.
    - that hands-off management style could be a benefit to some, but I struggled a lot. Consider this.
    - gossip. It's rife, and can negatively affect your perception of people before you meet them. Again, could have been the silo I was working in.


  10. "Friendly Professional Company"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great ethos, benefits, staff work hard, good managers, good structure and a really nice place to work

    Cons

    None that I have found

    Advice to Management

    Keep involving staff in decisions, great that our opinions matters


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Excessive bureaucracy and intimidation"

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

    I have been working at Sheffield Hallam University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some flexibility, good peer collegiality and support amongst colleagues. Modern buildings and facilities

    Cons

    A high degree of constraining bureaucracy introduced by career-seeking administrators who have no understanding on the primary business. Focus often on not-fit-for-purpose procedures rather than value added product. At all levels managers administer by intimidation and bullying (eg if we do not meet this target.........etc ) rather than manage

    Advice to Management

    Consultant, listen and be led by those who deliver the business. Remove the excessive bureaucracy that is not adding value


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