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Pros
  • Brilliant Dublin city centre location, great colleagues, good sense of community once you've been there long enough (in 7 reviews)

  • Great team of people, stimulating atmosphere, lots of opportunities to connect with people, interesting work (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor management from principal investigators (in 3 reviews)

  • hard to get promotion due to current embargo of jobs by the government in the public sector (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Highly non-recommended"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Trinity College Dublin full-time

    Pros

    Good science
    Good coffee
    Good irish friends

    Cons

    A post-doc is a temporary position with all that implies
    No increase of salary in three years
    Poor management from principal investigators

    Advice to Management

    Create win-to-win situations rather than just absorbing the knowledge of the incoming post-docs.
    Be professional to recruit and manage people, make processes transparent and based on meritocracy
    Follow transparent and consensual procedures for assignation of authorships and inventorships
    Principal investigators should have passed personnel management courses before being admitted to direct research groups


  2. Helpful (2)

    "reality is not like the glossy brochures"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trinity College Dublin full-time

    Pros

    city centre, great campus.

    Cons

    poor management, job discrimination, poor job progression

    Advice to Management

    improve management and stop in-house promotion by seniority. provide better work life facilities. those in management should be able to prove they can manage!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucratic nightmare."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrator in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Administrator in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Trinity College Dublin full-time

    Pros

    Location great. Some wonderful hard working staff. Plenty of variety in most administrative roles.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy. Many of the day to day administrative processes are archaic. Staff pushing paper (and responsibilities) from one desk to another. If a simple process can be made complex and difficult then it will be. Impossible to get rid of non-performing staff and they know it. Culture of blame in the organisation is rife. No career prospects.

    Advice to Management

    Look to private sector for efficient practices in administration - not to internal institutionalised staff. Reward those who are performing. Reduce those who are not.


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  5. "Exhibition Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Reputation
    Great Network
    Great Space

    Cons

    Contracts are short and communication with management is poor, with no program to encourage contract employees to stay.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of smart Irish graduates would love to work here, we have lots of ideas but need support.


  6. "Trinity College Dublin"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    young staff, innovative, busy, cite centre location

    Cons

    red tape, no progression, poor work conditions, no benefits


  7. "Postdoctoral Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Trinity College Dublin full-time

    Pros

    Nice location,
    well funded position

    Cons

    totally disorganised admin side of the university

    Advice to Management

    stream line administration of the university


  8. "Interesting but no support from college."

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Trinity College Dublin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The campus is one of the most beautiful I've ever been to. It makes life very relaxing and calm. City centre oriented too.

    Cons

    There is no work ethic among a lot of staff. It can be very hard to get things done, especially non academic things like booking rooms, setting up accounts, IT, etc

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a complete reorganisation of the non academic staff, with a drive to get people to work significantly harder.


  9. "Research Assistant at TCD"

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    Former Employee - Researcher Assistant
    Former Employee - Researcher Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Trinity College Dublin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to do research - I was working on a european research project. Great if you are doing a PhD at the same time like I was.

    Cons

    Administration - boss was unstructured and highly emotional. Made honest communication impossible and the experience much harder to manage than it should have been. Also put a lot of unneeded stress into my life.

    Advice to Management

    Monitor managers and have a blind review of research management


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