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Updated December 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Focus on work life balance and gender equality (in 14 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Salary is skinny and career progression is limited (in 5 reviews)

  • Low salary, but that is the nature of working with a start up (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Edinburgh as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Was career development intern (undergraduate) with the school of physics and astronomy.
    - Very expert mentors
    - World-class research environment
    - Friendly colleagues

    Cons

    - Staff could be hard to pin down to talk with, especially more senior staff
    - No office/desk space available

    Advice to Management

    To encourage contact with staff and peers and help interns be far more productive, make some space for them to work with the main research group!


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    "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.

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    "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. "Undergraduate laboratory demonstrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for developing communication skills by teaching the undergraduate basic techniques.

    Cons

    long hours spend marking depending on the experiment and the size of the group you are supervising.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Technician
    Former Contractor - Technician
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    One of the places that the HR department will actually help the employee. Great working environment and many employee perks.

    Cons

    Short contract positions are very common due to the nature of work. No guarantees you will be able to find a job there again after the end of a contract.


  6. "Job insecurity is v stressful"

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    Current Contractor - Data Scientist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Contractor - Data Scientist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible time, stimulating environment

    Cons

    V short term contracts, job insecurity, stress,


  7. "PhD Student"

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

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

    Pros

    Good research facilities
    Plenty of available funding
    Collaboration

    Cons

    Some buildings quite isolated
    Support could be better

  8. "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    Helpful members of staff all the time

    Cons

    Could eat into your personal research time


  9. "Research Intern"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh as an intern

    Pros

    Good culture, people are friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, hard to get things done.


  10. "Generally a good place to work"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great team of people - very diverse
    Good terms and conditions of employment
    Wide variety of projects

    Cons

    Bureaucratic sometimes due to size
    Difficult to climb up the career ladder - dead man's shoes


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