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University of Durham Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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  • Disorganised; low wages; very poor work/life balance; overworked but underpaid (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "Decent student job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Durham part-time

    Pros

    Is really flexible and allows students a chance to earn money without any subsequent commitments

    Cons

    If you don't do a couple of their open days their communication stops, which wasn't good as there were days I could have worked but weren't told about

  3. "Positive place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Durham full-time

    Pros

    Employee benefits better than average
    Great holiday entitlement
    Inclusive workforce

    Cons

    Risk averse by nature of industry.


  4. "Food Service Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Durham part-time

    Pros

    Great first job, flexible with study

    Cons

    Issues with overtime pay and casual hours


  5. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Durham full-time

    Pros

    Collegiate system, library resources, helpful department staff

    Cons

    The workload can sometimes affect work/life balance


  6. "Durham Open Day Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Got to work as part of a team of students, that helped one another share our enthusiasm for the university.

    Cons

    It happens to infrequently, but perhaps it is part of the job. Could be better by letting Open Day Ambassadors make the switch to full-time student ambassadors.

    Advice to Management

    Please organise the sessions better. Some parts were good, some were just messy in general.


  7. "Good place to work"

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

    Pros

    Balanced work-life and a good salary to live in the county. The University contribution to the pension plan is considerable

    Cons

    Some private companies in the region may have better salaries

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  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.


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