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Updated March 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Good support system and atmosphere, great benefits, colleagues were very supportive of each other and flexible working hours (in 10 reviews)

  • Work life balance is pretty good, staff treated well on the whole (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Very low salary, no pension scheme (in 4 reviews)

  • Poor management, low salary , cafe expensive (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Professional staff member for 4 years"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestigious place to work, and once you are in place you are assured of a very high level of job security.
    You do meet a wide variety of people.

    Cons

    In general, professional staff are not respected and not considered as important or vital to the organisation as academic staff.
    Also, there is a wide level of inconsistency about how staff are treated from department to department - and HR are quite incapable of looking after all members of staff.
    I was subjected to verbal and mental abuse while working for one particular department by my direct supervisor and got no support from anyone else as they were all too afraid that if they spoke up they would be the next to be the victim.
    Also, any sort of advancement, career progression or change is based very much on who you know, how well you play politics and who you develp good working relationships with rather than on merit or qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    Have senior staff in departments regularly move around to other positions to stop complacency and the development of stagnant working environments.


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    "Developer"

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Boring technology used to solve oring problems mostly created by bad management. Lot of legacy to support.


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    "HR and chocolate teapots"

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

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    - graded salary so you know what to expect (or not to expect)

    Cons

    - underhand practices. HR conspire against staff to protect the university.

    Advice to Management

    Get a conscience. Unethical behaviour and treatment of staff will catch up with you.


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    "Very difficult work environment"

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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

    It's great working for an organisation that is highly regarded and has a lot of good parts to it. First class academics, an amazing library that staff have access to, a good staff discount scheme.

    Cons

    There's no direction from management and you are thrown to the wolves to fend for yourself. Most people seem to be managers with very few junior staff - too many cooks in the kitchen! It puts a halt to getting anything done because it has to go through so many people who don't understand the complexity of the issues you're dealing with.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a clear strategy and operating plan for everyone and improve internal communication.


  6. "Probably not good depending on where you work in the Uni"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Some interesting work, high level of autonomy

    Cons

    Bureaucratic - be prepared to do admin


  7. "Paid in reputation, not cash."

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a prestigious place, with lots to be proud of. The place has a lot of history behind it, so from that perspective it's a place that I'm proud to be associated with.

    Cons

    The pay is pretty poor compared to private sector and it's the very stereotype of a public sector business - an insane amount of bureaucracy and very poor management running the place. There's obviously a mass of brilliant minds in the education section, but unfortunately that doesn't extend to the management.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage



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