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Updated July 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, equal opportunities, good work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Great equipment available, I work in a fantastic team, flexible working hours when required (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of career progression in academia when facing an intense teaching role and little time to devote to your research (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work if you have the right boss"

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

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Open to cross-disciplinary research
    Help for researchers with career development

    Cons

    Personal/political issues between lab heads
    Redressal possibilities non-transparent
    Career development highly dependent on specific group leaders

    Advice to Management

    Need to undertake anonymous review on group leaders and support early career researchers by mentorship programmes.

  3. "PhS student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities, great science, diverse culture

    Cons

    Lack of advice for future career outside science


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it says on the tin"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working patterns, generous benefits, city centre locations.

    Cons

    No respect for professional services / professional opinion. Unequal pay structure between general workforce and management. Chaotic company structure. Poor management capabilities.


  5. "Positive indifference"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Collegiate and trusting working culture, with open flexibility for training and project determination.

    Cons

    VERY unclear management structure and prioritization hierarchy. Bureaucratic and admin elements conflict and compete not knowing who has priority, and thus it's an effort based on force of personality.

    Advice to Management

    Improve admin and hierarchy structures so it's clear for employees and work can flow more smoothly.


  6. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is a lot of knowledge to be grasped, good supervisors and dedication.

    Cons

    There are not much opportunities in the local area for after graduation, so you can not set up a comfortable life.


  7. "Tutor in School of Social and Political Science"

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    Current Contractor - Postgraduate Tutor in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Contractor - Postgraduate Tutor in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent part time role while doing a PhD with some relevant career experience.

    Cons

    Since you are not really teaching, you get very limited practical work experience in higher education. Training is practically non-existent and they limit paid hours but you often put in more time than you are paid for anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Better training, more practical experience for work in higher education environment that can build CV.

  8. "Good, but there is the potential for better"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher
    Recommends

    Pros

    Large department, with a good reputation worldwide, though the GeoSciences department has missed some opportunities recently.
    A wide range of nationalities makes it a vibrant place.
    A new building being built in 2019.

    Cons

    The academic/research staff are very insular, if you don't fit their research remit, they aren't interesting in talking.
    The GeoScience department is split over many topics, especially on industry funding, is possible to be mature about this, accept this essential part of the GeoSciences community, move and discuss something else?

    Advice to Management

    Encourage researchers to take an interest in each other's work and improve communication with the postgrad students in general, sometimes we feel very forgotten about.


  9. "Great atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Multi nationality, nice people, excellent work/life balance especially if you have kids

    Cons

    Poor management, low salary , cafe expensive

    Advice to Management

    concentrate more on the employees than on the students...


  10. "PhD Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    The university has some of the best researchers in the world. There are often engaging seminars with esteemed researchers travelling to talk.

    Cons

    The university is quite compartmented, there are several sites. Thus communication and sharing of resources can be difficult.


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