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University of Dundee Reviews

Updated August 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Administration/IT"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dundee University salary scales are good and the city centre location of the university is excellent.

    Cons

    The university's business practises are 30 years behind the corporate world. Supervisors and Managers are promoted because they are personal friends of the senior managers and not because they have the skill sets required for roles. Good, gifted staff are overlooked and downtrodden,

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the way that promotion is given to unqualified staff purely because of length of service/nepotism.

    Listen to staff who have more diverse experience outside of the university, you might learn something,


  2. "Not a place for professionals"

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    Current Employee - Finance Assistant in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Assistant in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice people and good relationship within departments

    Cons

    No career development or room for changes. Management doesn't make you feel valuable and jobs promotions are given based in friendships rather than actual performance. HR completly ignores you and doesn't give you any feedback when you get rejected for internal promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff and listen to what they have to say

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Unprofessional / low quality environment with blame / bullying culture"

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    Former Employee - Computing Support Specialist in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Computing Support Specialist in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Low cost city
    Easy access to facilities
    Work/life balance

    Cons

    The university is the last resort for most of the staff working here in Dundee.

    Laziness, disturbing irony, offensive language, organized bullying and mobbing, various types of discriminal language are quite common as daily survival tactics, at all levels of the organization.The so called “management” try to safeguard their incompetent positions using these tools.

    The jungle rules apply for everyday working environment.

    The career paths are only for those who cover the misconduct of their imcompetent superiors; these individulas enjoy a relatively liberal and unethical freedom of behaving other employees as they wish. Otherwise, criticising is strongly discouraged and indirectly punished. HR is practically nonexistent except paperwork.

    The organization is trying to surplus more students as customers, so the reviews here by researchers or students do not reflect the real face of the actual staff working environment that is hidden behind the curtains.

    There is very little to learn and improve in terms of technologies used as these are administered under the monopoly of some long term senior employees.

    The technology decisions ( but not the actual work or implementations ) are also controlled and manipulated by these senior technology executives using various bullying tactics.

    Advice to Management

    All top level management must be rotated or replaced by external professionals and skill sets, as there is an undercurrent of personal agendas and personal networks everywhere that prevent and block substantial change and improvement.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "really bad"

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    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of Dundee as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    none. apart fro. that dundee is really close to st. andrews which is nice and worth visiting.

    Cons

    physics department is the worst ever no funding whatsoever both from the uni and outsude. people very unprofessional and hate i had to work there

    Advice to Management

    be more professional and open minded. do not favour people that are your relatives/spauses etc.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Staff forgotten about"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Respected, Word Class Research, Cosmopolitan, High Salaries

    Cons

    Zero investment in staff training, employees do not feel valued, great divide between academics and administrators, lack of investment in technology. Lack of culture and employee engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Ask staff how they feel and help them develop personally and professionally - show you care. Students do pick up on negative atmospheres and this will impact the reputation.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "hell on earth"

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    Former Employee - Lab Manager in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Lab Manager in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    some good people when they are not off sick with stress. best example of a blame/bullying culture anywhere and of what happens when you give narcissists free reign.

    Cons

    had a bad feeling the first time I looked round but accepted job anyway. support staff not just overworked and under paid but blatantly exploited. place is kept going by technical support and lower level managers despite incompetence of middle and senior management. unfortunately more than one lab manager expressed thoughts of jumping from balcony (in order to be finally heard). the place is in dreadful financial state and if it was a company would be in receivership. DO NOT WORK HERE!!!!

    Advice to Management

    employ some actual managers instead of internally promoting incompetence


  7. Helpful (2)

    "University of Dundee does not live up to its claim as a leader in world class research."

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

    Pros

    Dundee is a very affordable place to live.

    Cons

    The egos of the PIs, the available resources, the scientific mentality all inhibited research.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not satisfactory could be better"

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    Current Employee - Project Student in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Student in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Cost of living is low and facilities in university is good

    Cons

    small place no job opportunities such as part time jobs nil

    Advice to Management

    Do not make money in admitting international students


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