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University of Canterbury Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "don't waste your time"

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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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Canterbury full-time

    Pros

    The city this university is in has a good public arts initiative called 'Gap Filler'.

    Cons

    This is a small and insignificant university that has worked very hard for nearly a decade now to make itself even smaller and more insignificant. And it has achieved this outcome. The place suffered a bunch of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 that drove away some students. So UC responded by publicly attacking a bunch of their own departments, which drove away many of their best academics and a lot more students a few years after the earthquakes. Don’t waste any time on this place.

    Advice to Management

    For heaven’s sake, stop appointing retail managers and incompetent viola players and software executives and god knows what other “business” types to run your university (into the ground). Put the grownups back in charge!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Think Twice"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Canterbury full-time

    Pros

    The university has a unique fellowship programme due to a very large bequest that has sustained the programme for decades.

    Cons

    The management does very little that is effective apart from obstructing the employees who do the real work.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the masses of academically unnecessary managers – all they do is hinder good research and teaching.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "UoC"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Christchurch (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Christchurch (New Zealand)

    I worked at University of Canterbury (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus in a nice area

    Cons

    I have no negatives about my experience


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fluids Tutor"

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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 University of Canterbury part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, can be scheduled around your free time.

    Cons

    Not a large number of working hours per week


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mathematics tutor"

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    Former Employee - University Tutor in Christchurch (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - University Tutor in Christchurch (New Zealand)

    Pros

    Plenty of hours available. The tutoring staff are of high quality and very supportive. The work is not difficult for anyone with a degree in the area.

    Cons

    The pay rate is very low for the position. Other universities pay double or triple the rate. The students are often unmotivated


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Reccommended"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Christchurch (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Christchurch (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Canterbury part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great management
    Great work-life balance
    Good support network

    Cons

    Little compensation or benefits package


  7. "Great people succeeding despite senior management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Canterbury part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Individual teams are often very passionate about the work they do, and often have incredible ideas about how to improve offerings to students. This university continues to attract smart, motivated people.

    Despite what I have said below, I still believe the university can be a good place to work; this will largely depend on your department's culture. This probably also explains why some of the other ratings here tend to one extreme or the other.

    Cons

    Senior management seems to be somewhat disconnected from most staff. This means some staff are continually forced to justify their existence (or office space, or budgets...), which leads to a fairly toxic culture that detracts from collaboration between teams.

    (The magnitude of the disconnect varies between departments, so your experience may vary. I have worked with and for various departments in varying roles, and attitudes toward management vary enormously across these.)

    Advice to Management

    Trust your teams! They understand the university's constraints and aren't spendthrifts; they are simply looking for ways to improve outcomes for students and therefore make the university more successful.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Tutoring at UC"

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Christchurch (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Tutor in Christchurch (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Canterbury part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great experience at university of canterbury tutoring different engineering courses, transparent communication

    Cons

    in some of the courses, students expect too much from a tutor while they should know what they are responsible for as a student

    Advice to Management

    good management system


  9. "Work at University of Canterbury"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in Christchurch (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Professor in Christchurch (New Zealand)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Christchurch is a very nice place to live. Colleagues are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Heavy-handed, top-down management style with ever-changing, inconsistent initiatives/priorities.

    Advice to Management

    The university has consistently become a less attractive place to work over time.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A lovely leafy campus, interesting work, a flexible working week, and good terms and conditions of employment.

    Cons

    Going through some change, especially as a result of past earthquakes. There's a fair bit of change, including lots of new buildings going up.. But this is exciting as well - there seems to be clear direction, and there are significant visible improvements being made, especially to learning and recreational spaces for students.

    Advice to Management

    Staff and managers need plenty of support during the changes.


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