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University of Canterbury Reviews

Updated November 7, 2016
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "don't waste your time"

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    • 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 (1)

    "Think Twice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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)

    "Great place to work"

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    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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  5. "Bullying Parochial Mediocracy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Sabbatical system, many motivated students, decent infrastructure, many great colleagues and a lovely campus.

    Cons

    Management and administration is based on revenge, petty politics to soothe fragile egos, and little to do with reality. The culture is extremely xenophobic and day-to-day management is mostly by bullies who abuse their power with full support from upper management. Christchurch is a great city for work-life balance but if your boss is a bully (highly likely at UC) then life can be living hell at this University! Cannot expect the ambitious academics in power to keep up with their own field of self-proclaimed expertise.

    Advice to Management

    Fire about half of your senior management teams and Heads of School that have been known to be bullies!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "An excellent place to work"

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

    Pros

    I work in a great team of people who support and encourage one another. The staff benefits here are superb. The campus is pleasant and Christchurch is rebuilding into a beautiful and modern city.

    Cons

    Some disgruntled staff due to the University re-cutting its cloth to suit the situation it found itself in post-earthquakes.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "no longer a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It used to be lovely before Roy Sharp and Rod Carr

    Cons

    rampant managerialism gone mad in a city destroyed by an earthquake, good scholars leaving in droves

    Advice to Management

    Replace the management with people who see the university as a public good


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Postgraduate Researcher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Christchurch (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Christchurch (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good working environment. People are very friendly and helpful. Plenty of places to have a cup of coffee.

    Cons

    The weather can get nasty at times... Not much of cons to find out.


  9. "Institution in Disarray"

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    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

    Most of the good things there once were to say about this place no longer apply. Most high-quality academics that once worked here have left for greener pastures.

    Cons

    This university has been vandalised by a senior "manager" who refers to members of the faculty as “passengers” on his bus. The arrogance and idiocy in this pretty much speak for themselves and say it all.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to beginning a serious and long-term journey of recovery from the damage inflicted by powerful know-nothings. Commit yourselves to hiring leaders who possess some semblance of an understanding of universities.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Positive company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Christchurch (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Christchurch (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Canterbury has a lovely campus with a vibrant atmosphere when students are on campus. As an employer the are very supportive of professional development for their staff and even have 5 additional 'university holidays' that staff have off in addition to the stat days. The working atmosphere is generally positive and relaxed.

    Cons

    Service areas such as IT and room facilities seem to be constantly under-resourced with student focus often lacking in decision making. Many people are very focused on their own little area within the university and don't care to understand the bigger picture or how their decisions will affect other departments.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more of a connection between the academic and professional sides of the university with both sides informing decision making more than they currently do.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great place with some difficulties"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior-Lecturer
    Current Employee - Senior-Lecturer

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

    Pros

    Great Place / On the doorstep of the stunning NZ Alps and cool surf spot /

    Cons

    A lot of difficulties post-earthquake



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