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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. "Edinburgh intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fantastic, helpful faculty. Great modern facilities. Very open, always lots of seminars, workshops, and other events. I learned a lot, really a great place to intern.

    Cons

    None really, I suppose Edinburgh isn't the biggest of cities, but it has enough of everything I'd say.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Instructor in Durham, NC
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Edinburgh (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere in academia. Encouraging colleagues. Plenty of opportunities to socialize. The students are ambitious and enthusiastic.

    Cons

    Infrequent classes, so over a semester, it can be difficult to achieve a solid rapport with the students. And fitting a large volume of work into a short class makes it feel as if some is being left out.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent University"

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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 Edinburgh full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits for employees including time off and discounts off university courses

    Cons

    Pay has not increased significantly over the past few years


  4. "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.


  5. "Full-Time Student (Translation Studies)"

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    Current Employee - Full-time Student
    Current Employee - Full-time Student

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

    Pros

    Modern facilities, reputable and knowledgeable lecturers (in Translation Studies Department) , very well-structured and organised on an administrative level, fantastic library.

    Cons

    Many lecturers (in Translation Studies Department) reluctant to spend much time advising students outside of class times.


  6. "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.


  7. "PDRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Nice working environment and flexibility

    Cons

    Salary is skinny and career progression is limited

  8. "Staff"

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

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    The brand name attracts everyone

    Cons

    Some times the job descriptions do not match to the actual work to be done.
    Staff have no respect for the staff lower in hierarchy.


  9. "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.


  10. 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.


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