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Updated August 27, 2017
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Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

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  1. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Aberdeen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very Interesting courses beautiful campus excellent lecturers state of the art facilities beautiful library promising job prospects and career progression for graduates

    Cons

    City is often very cold and rainy small quiet city near to the beach and walking distance to the city centre


  2. "Generally a Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Aberdeen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, particularly time off.

    Cons

    Salary. Everything is a rigid process.

  3. "Good employer within NE Scotland."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Aberdeen part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working opportunities for part time staff.

    Cons

    Distance from other HEIs for travelling to meet colleagues etc.


  4. "Demonstrator"

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    Current Employee - Student Demonstrator in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Demonstrator in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For every 2 hours spent in class another 30 minutes are paid for preparation.

    Cons

    If you enjoy working with people, there are no drawbacks. Students are cool and usually, there's not direct supervision of lecturers.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage students to use demontrators' services more.


  5. "Easy way to gain experience in academia"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Aberdeen (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Get teaching experience while studying your PhD.
    - Learn to manage time with research work.
    - Build a wider knowledge base.
    - Hourly pay is quite good.

    Cons

    - At times schedules tend to be hectic.


  6. "Mister"

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    Current Employee - Security in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Security in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    All about the people . The work in progress that is A. U .

    Cons

    If I come across one , will let you know.

    Advice to Management

    Go hike more often . Lead by example . takes less muscles to smile than not to smile . Be slow to anger . We really need a pay-rise guys . Aberdeen is a tough gig .


  7. "avoid like the plague"

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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Aberdeen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I had excellent colleagues and great students. The research and teaching as a day-to-day job was lovely. The intellectual level of some departments (especially mine) was fantastic. Some other departments not so much.

    Cons

    Avoid like the plague if you are an academic. I taught there for 12 years and it went downhill with Diamond at the helm. Management can't manage the money, only the academics, who (of course) can manage themselves just fine. The admin does a good job of destroying collegiality and I found administrators who had moved up the ranks from various secretary roles telling me how to run the academic department. Before leaving I found most of my time and energy was taken up with fighting stupid nonsense from above. However, if you think PhD students are a viable "market" then you will fit right in.

    Advice to Management

    Just leave. It is amazing how often stupid ideas are put forth from management. University management should be worried about bringing in the money, getting donations and planning strategy. They kick all that to the front-line academics who don't have contacts to wealthy donors or an idea of markets for new degree programmes.

  8. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Freelancer - Student in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Freelancer - Student in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Aberdeen (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Need more Technical Personal.
    Good learning Environment
    Ambition to be the best

    Cons

    Weather can be really cold

    Advice to Management

    Maintain Routine checks that standards are maintained.


  9. "Amazing experience"

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    Current Employee - MSC Student in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - MSC Student in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A great environemnt that you are able to work and study with your colleagues with all the support from the IT services and offices in the University. The campus combines the modern with old architecture giving you an ultimate experience through the streets of Aberdeen.

    Cons

    Only one building is opened 24 hour and all the other facilities are closed during the night. There are not any other disadvantages which I can think now.

    Advice to Management

    Continue this nice work


  10. "Engineering review"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Aberdeen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the sports facilities that the university partially owns!

    Cons

    1. the level of research is low
    2. some students should not be at the university since they do not meet any of the requirements but still they bring money
    3. the university is geographically in the right place but still not many companies now anything about it since there are no career fairs.

    Advice to Management

    Change and open the university to public and make it truly international!


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