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Updated December 1, 2017
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  • Career progression is neer to impossible, senior staff is unhelpful (in 3 reviews)

  • Disorganised; low wages; very poor work/life balance; overworked but underpaid (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Research Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Durham part-time

    Pros

    Great experience, good opportunity to get an understanding of the academic world

    Cons

    Disorganized, and you are largely left alone without much clear guidance


  2. "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Durham full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues and lecture facilities

    Cons

    There are very research labs for research

  3. "Coach"

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

    Pros

    Wonderful staff
    Great personal development, mentors, and support
    They have really created a great little community

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  4. "Elitest but beautiful"

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

    I have been working at University of Durham full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    High academic quality. You need to be good to work here and the pressure is on to produce quality. It's great to be amongst such clever colleagues.

    Cons

    Not much social diversity. A university for rich kids.

    Advice to Management

    Management is good. They pander to equality issues but really this is a university for the privileged.


  5. "When you like the job and you like the people"

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

    I have been working at University of Durham part-time

    Pros

    >A few socials
    >Very important role
    >Nice people

    Cons

    I don't really have any negatives


  6. "Student"

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

    I have been working at University of Durham full-time

    Pros

    Prestigious university, with great academic record.

    Cons

    Quite a long distance from London

    Advice to Management

    Positive review, would advise going here


  7. "PDRA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Located in a charming, wonderful city. The facilities are excellent.

    Cons

    Career progression is neer to impossible, senior staff is unhelpful

    Advice to Management

    More focus should be on research

  8. "old oniversity"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor
    Current Employee - Associate Professor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at University of Durham (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice old quaint city

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, slow to change, loads of paper work

    Advice to Management

    Take 5 rules every day and ask yourself is it necessary


  9. "Good benefits, awful culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Durham full-time

    Pros

    Pay is better than almost anywhere else in the region
    Good benefits, pension, maternity leave etc
    Free parking
    Some opportunities for progression
    Not allowed to work from home

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, change is slow
    Less opportunities for people in clerical grades who rarely progress to professional grades, and experience academic snobbery
    Terrible VC (at the time) who was corrupt and personified the culture at the time


  10. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Durham part-time

    Pros

    Had a jokes time over my 3 years here made some lovely leaps

    Cons

    Really far north and the weather quite bad but looks lovely on a sunny day

    Advice to Management

    Cheaper pints pls that would be nice as that is what the people want thanks x


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