University of Edinburgh Reviews | Glassdoor

University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
169 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

4.2
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
University of Edinburgh Principal Sir Timothy O'Shea
Sir Timothy O'Shea
45 Ratings

169 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
  • Good benefits, equal opportunities, good work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Great equipment available, I work in a fantastic team, flexible working hours when required (in 10 reviews)

Cons
More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "A racist institution...Doesn't matter if you have a Ph.D. from the same university and try to get a position here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerical Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Clerical Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Reputation including world leaders in scientific research. Free access to pianos in the Music School in Nicolson Square.

    Cons

    Racist attitudes of management, not scientists, that run the academic departments.

    Advice to Management

    Stop discriminating against candidates from ethnic minorities especially when they have a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh and are equally as well if not more qualified than the staff that are running this institution and interviewing you.


  2. "Cardiovascular Science Department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    On the whole the university itself is very good. The computer systems are user-friendly, good holiday entitlement, staff discounts, useful training courses and opportunities to progress.

    Cons

    Cardiovascular Science is an unusual department. Extremely overcrowded accommodation. Very strange and obsolete/old fashioned procedures especially regarding administration. The working environment is obstructive, cliquey and controlling. The PI's can be very demanding with unrealistic expectations and they are incapable of showing gratitude. A god-like culture exists as they are held in such high regard they are protected and above criticism. Bullying is not tackled, no support or duty of care and there's a high staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Need to listen to employees when they raise concerns regarding bullying. Unfortunately as some senior staff members are so self-centred and have a belief that they're exempt from criticism, employees will never feel confident that their concerns will be addressed.

  3. "Paid in reputation, not cash."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Very difficult work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (1)

    "HR and chocolate teapots"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Professional staff member for 4 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No tax or national insurance

    Cons

    Pressure to achieve results quickly


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good prestige, but career support is limited."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    University of Edinburgh has an excellent international reputation in many fields, as well as top notch facilities and exceptional colleagues. It is located in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, where living expenses are reasonable.

    Cons

    Management could be more career-supportive, and bridging money between grants can be difficult to obtain. Campus culture can be behind in social equality at times.

    Advice to Management

    Management could be more career-supportive, provide more useful training and bridging money between grants. Social equality issues (race, nationality, gender, orientation, religion) should be actively addressed.


Showing 169 of 190 reviews
Reset Filters