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Updated April 27, 2017
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  • Long hours and intense lectures - lot's of work for students (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "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


  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. "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.


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  5. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Department has excellent teaching, wide range of modules to consider taking particularly in last couple of years. The city is great albeit perhaps a bit small for some peoples liking.

    Cons

    Easy to take on too many extra curricular responsibilities and end up bogged down with a heavy workload on top - admittedly this was not a problem with Durham Uni and more my own enthusiasm.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going with what you're doing, collegiate system is wonderful and the teaching is really great. A brilliant 4 years spent.


  6. "Excellent organisation to be part of! I was there 7 years and wouldn't have changed any of my time there!"

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    Former Employee - Depart
    Former Employee - Depart
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Durham full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Holiday, support, progression, training, people and salary is second to none. A great environment with people who are all working towards the same goals. Everyone is so friendly and there is something different every day!

    Cons

    Very little in the way of cons! In fact I can't think of one! The organisation need to keep doing it exactly the way they currently are.


  7. "Plenty of benefits"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Durham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Durham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good pension. Flexible working hours. Time to innovate.

    Cons

    Bulk of work is maintaining legacy systems.


  8. "Open Day Ambassador"

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

    Pros

    Good way to earn cash whilst working; nice to help people and tell them about the uni

    Cons

    None that I can really think of at the moment

    Advice to Management

    Some changes could be made to the signing in and out system - the QR codes don't always work and employees have to walk a fair bit to get to the moon reception


  9. "open day ambassador"

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

    I worked at University of Durham (Less than a year)

    Pros

    high pay, great satisfaction gained from answering questions from students and parents, don't need to spend even a quid, lunch provided

    Cons

    exhausting, hardly no break, need to get up early to help the setup of the venue. I worked from 7am to 5pm.

    Advice to Management

    good, but could check the venue more carefully, and provide more shuttle buses. I encountered a lot of people waiting for buses or couldn't find the parking place.


  10. "Depends on department"

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

    I worked at University of Durham full-time

    Pros

    Good salaries, great benefits, the Durham campus is beautiful, and there are plenty of opportunities for professional development. Staff are great to work with and it's a pleasure to be part of academic life.

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure in certain administrative departments, not much conversation between departments, very /us/ and /them/ on the administrative and academic sides. Some posts have no opportunity for advancement other than leaving a department entirely.

    Advice to Management

    More conversations between academic and administrative departments. More mentoring - or more structured mentoring - with a view to advancement at Gr4 and Gr5.


  11. "IT job"

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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

    good working environment. no crappy targets, no useless meetings.

    Cons

    not a lot of development opportunities, as a public sector employer, job here is pretty stable and stagnant.

    Advice to Management

    concentrate more on the development of your staff as in the long term its going to the university who will be winning and saving,


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