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Updated February 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Very beautiful campus, some democratic departments (at least my department), very good culture, good living in Birmingham, convenient to travel (in 7 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours and good pay (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No cons to working at University of Birmingham (in 3 reviews)

  • The pay is average for the type of work but not low (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "University"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in East Windsor, NJ
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in East Windsor, NJ

    I worked at University of Birmingham (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice People and atmosphere and super challenging

    Cons

    Too many people in lab and few equipment


  2. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Birmingham (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good equipment, great people. My supervisors were pretty good and work waas flexible as you like

    Cons

    IT are a pain! You might have to buy your own computer to get stuff done...

    Advice to Management

    Sort out the IT


  3. "Academic researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time

    Pros

    Excellent working space with kind, helpful, knowledgeable lecturers

    Cons

    Working environment in the lab was quiet. Everyone seemed to mind their own business

    Advice to Management

    Be more patient with entry level students in the lab


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  5. "research fellow"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow
    Current Employee - Research Fellow
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People here are nice and helpful. You can conduct you research independently and with freedom.

    Cons

    Basically, UoB is a very good place to work, there is no cons coming up to my mind.


  6. "Modern facilities, good place to start research"

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

    I worked at University of Birmingham (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Modern facilities, kind professors, big campus, good library service.

    Cons

    The management of the university seems low efficient. Security has been a problem in recent two years (2015-current).

    Advice to Management

    Simplify system, be more efficient in solving problems


  7. "Job at uni"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, work hours

    Cons

    Poor managers, always complaining, never supportive


  8. "Open-Day Helper"

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    Current Employee - Open Day Helper in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Open Day Helper in Birmingham, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good opportunity to meet many people within your department. Rewarding talking to new students and showing them around. Pay is good, well worthwhile for a student.

    Cons

    The opportunity to perform this work is only given to a very small number of people, but once you have done it once, it is highly likely that you will be continually asked to perform the role again.

    Advice to Management

    Make students more aware of the future employment opportunities that are in the future with good warning, so that we can plan our schedules more easily.


  9. "Demonstrator at the School of Chemical Engineering"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A good salary (around £11/hour) and the chance to learn/refresh your knowledge in various subjects related to Chemical Engineering. You get closer to lecturers and professors and also to the student community.

    Cons

    Sometimes the tutorials assistance is proposed in very short time and you cannot properly prepare the material, or sometimes the material given is not enough as to confidently assist the students on their questions.

    Advice to Management

    Find a solid, stable procedure to pay the demonstrators, as every academic year or even term the payment method used to change.


  10. "Engineering Lab Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Birmingham part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible staff
    friendly collaborative environment
    Great learning experience

    Cons

    n/a


  11. "HR Consultant"

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

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent working environment and pay

    Cons

    No cons to working at University of Birmingham

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to report here today



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