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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh Reviews

Updated August 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, equal opportunities, good work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Good support system and atmosphere, great benefits, colleagues were very supportive of each other and flexible working hours (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of career progression in academia when facing an intense teaching role and little time to devote to your research (in 5 reviews)

  • Very low salary, no pension scheme (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Edinburgh is a world-leading institution in the field I'm interested in.
    In my case they were prepared to be flexible about working arrangements.

    Cons

    Applications for permanent posts are very competitive, so progression "up" the academic hierarchy may be difficult.


  2. "The University of Edinburgh has potential"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a good variety and quality of facilities

    Cons

    It is currently quite hard to scale in your position.

  3. "Edinburgh college of art"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good location and working hours

    Cons

    Low salary
    Lack of career progression
    Most of the accademics are more interested in doing "research" than teaching.
    Lack of professional staff.
    Job description did not match to the work to be done.

    Advice to Management

    If someone open a case, you should investigate and if proceed take actions. Bulling is a serious thing to just sweep it under the carpet specially when this had happened to more than one person.


  4. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    University reputation beyond what the school of engineering is capable of delivering.

    Cons

    School of Eng. too much dependant on EPSRC grants, and, hence to policies rendered by bureaucrats rather than scientific curiosity. Some SoE Dept.s under--perform. EE Dept. isolated from CS (Informatics) which is a serious shortcoming in this age.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working on high end research areas with some of the worlds best minds. Excellent teaching and research facilities

    Cons

    Some professional training opportunities are not available

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed"

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    Former Employee - Learning Technologist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Learning Technologist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, equal opportunities, good work life balance. Nice people to work with, in my experience.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, can be hard to make positive change, can feel stagnant really easily. Hard to progress.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Research"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good life/work balance, people are very nice . City has lots to offer and it's easy to get around.

    Cons

    Hard to progress once inside but doable

    Advice to Management

    Give more support to people willing to contribute.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work with excellent work-life balance, but not very well paid."

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance. Great holidays. Lots of opportunities to attend seminars.

    Cons

    Very slow rise up the payscale. No annual bonus.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good in the short/medium term"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pension. Great access to training and software. Potential to collaborate in world-class research projects.

    Cons

    Management from academic staff is minimal. Salary is capped, practically speaking, unless you go down the PhD route.

    Advice to Management

    Make funding available for departments to retain more technical staff


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere and great development opportunities

    Cons

    Sometimes too "public sector" and therefore slow with decision making

    Advice to Management

    Quicker turnarounds on projects


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