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University of Cape Town Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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  • It can be very time consuming tutoring and the problems sets are difficult to advise on when you are not currently engaged with the assignment (in 4 reviews)

  • No benefits to two-year contractual (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good university"

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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in State College, PA
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Cape Town full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great university to work for as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer. Plenty of academic freedom and regular sabbatical. The students are great and I liked my colleagues.

    Cons

    Pay. Not at all competitive for international standards.

    Advice to Management

    More flexibility when it comes to compensating your best talent.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Student, Grad Student, Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Student, Grad Student, Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Student, Grad Student, Teaching Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Cape Town full-time

    Pros

    I loved my time at UCT. The institution not only provides you with an excellent education but instills values of human decency in its students. The structure of the university allows for excellent "random collisions" among people from various fields which makes the experience all the more richer.

    Cons

    As a graduate student, funding is very limited. The university also seems to want to increase its already large student body, which raises quality vs quantity concerns for the future.

  3. "Great Community"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Cape Town full-time

    Pros

    Great community of top-notch academics.

    Cons

    Administration can be slow to process items, get you what you need. But very helpful!

    Advice to Management

    Speed up administration.


  4. "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A good opportunity to experience teaching and grading. The lecturer was always flexible in the way you conducted your tut classes. I therefore had the ability to structure classes the way I wanted to.

    Cons

    The salary is too low, and you often work more hours than what you are paid for.


  5. "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working on great projects and content.

    Cons

    Academic environment can limit the funding and impact of work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue supporter new staff to grow as researchers.


  6. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Cape Town full-time

    Pros

    Great diversity and exposure within a community of high impact individuals.

    Cons

    Food on campus is expensive and limited in quality.


  7. "Medical Registrar"

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

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

    Pros

    Academic environment, exposure to world class guest speakers

    Cons

    local researchers poor quality with a lot of racism, nepotism even within the academic circles.

  8. "i worked as a tutor"

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    Former Employee - Tutor
    Former Employee - Tutor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    university of cape town is the best university in Africa

    Cons

    working in university of cape town is interesting and challenging

    Advice to Management

    it is always good to make use of best opportunities


  9. "UCT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Cape Town full-time

    Pros

    Relevant to Africa and the world, opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Unstable, difficulty in recruiting and retaining highly skilled staff


  10. "Administrative jobs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great location, relaxed atmosphere, beautiful campus. People are helpful and friendly, always a way to find a way through rigid rules

    Cons

    Lots of admin and paperwork- rather old-fashioned approach (fax, print, etc instead of online forms), low salary, no benefits, transportation required (if live outside of employee bus route, which is likely).


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