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Updated May 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is pretty good, staff treated well on the whole (in 11 reviews)

  • Great equipment available, I work in a fantastic team, flexible working hours when required (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. "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.


  2. "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!


  3. "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


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  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Management tend to be reasonable and sensible. Willing to work with staff to get better outcomes.

    Benefits are good, annual leave is generous and they take part in schemes such as Cycle to Work, transport benefits etc. Sports centre is excellent.

    Nice campus that's easy to reach.

    Cons

    Salaries, whilst usually good, vary across the schools/colleges and jobs can often be below the grades they ought to be.

    Staff often have too much work to cope with due to a tendency to under staff areas.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a fair wage for the work that people are doing.

    Employe enough people for the jobs that need done.


  6. 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.


  7. "Review for HTBN staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    As a large employer with multiple incomes the UoE is a relatively stable employer, and the people you work with (students etc.) are generally high caliber.

    Cons

    Some of the systems come across as overly bureaucratic, and often it is not obvious how to interact with them.

    Advice to Management

    The current tendancy seems to be for more administration systems in place of people actively tackling the tasks and issues-this imbalance in not conducive to the purposes of the university.


  8. "Laboratory Demonstrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    Flexibility and freedom. Welcoming and friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Limited pay for laboratory demonstrators who provide teaching assistance and mark students' lab worksheets.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication with employees. Support employees with extra allowance.


  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. "Postdoctoral research fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pleasant, good IT, emphasis on training, good cycle storage/investment

    Cons

    Disperate sites, no shuttle bus between sites, mentoring scheme is lacking


  11. "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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