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University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated January 18, 2018
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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. "Lecturer/ Early Career Scientific Track fellow"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer
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    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent mentorship (formal program) and support for junior faculty. Collaborative environment. Focus on work life balance and gender equality. High level science and top line equipment.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency for criteria for promotion to Reader. However from observations of others' reviews it would seem that there is the expectation to get a 5 year fellowship (~1 million) and high impact senior author paper within 5 years to get a permanent position. Lower range publications not considered as measure of success because count less towards REF assessment.


  2. "Edinburgh intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fantastic, helpful faculty. Great modern facilities. Very open, always lots of seminars, workshops, and other events. I learned a lot, really a great place to intern.

    Cons

    None really, I suppose Edinburgh isn't the biggest of cities, but it has enough of everything I'd say.

  3. "A very good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Committed staff (both academic and support); bright and talented students; beautiful and vibrant city; academic reputation; prestige; devolved structure.

    Cons

    Public sector salaries; constant drive to do more on less; change can take time; devolved structure.


  4. "Resident Assistant"

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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

    A good university with nice people.

    Cons

    The weather in winter is not comfortable.


  5. "Work Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good. Thank you.

    Cons

    None. Apply soon. Thank you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I learned a lot during my summer internship in the Information Service department. The peoples are very friendly and knowledgable. There are also a lot of opportunity in participating in events.

    Cons

    There is minimal mentorship or structure during my internship. I need to push and manage more independently on the project that given to me, but then again this has helped me improve my time management skill.


  7. "I enjoyed very much the vibrant academic atmosphere of the university in the beautiful city of Edinburgh"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The school of informatics has been ranked the best in the UK. There are noble prize winners in the university. The staff and also people in the city are welcoming. The quality of life is high compared to London.

    Cons

    The weather is usually chilly with rare sunshines. Flying from Edinburgh is not as good as flights from London of course.

  8. "University of Edinburgh"

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

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Blackford Hill. The views. The city of Edinburgh. The great people. The world-leading University.

    Cons

    It's often windy and cold. It gets really dark in the winter. The pay is quite top dollar. The academic career poll is very greasy.

    Advice to Management

    None really that I haven't already given or been very forth coming with.


  9. "Widen your horizons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Trilling internationals projects; Opportunity to increase one's knowledge

    Cons

    Difficult to find permanent jobs


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edinburgh is a world-leading institution in the field I'm interested in.
    In my case they were prepared to be flexible about working arrangements.

    Cons

    Applications for permanent posts are very competitive, so progression "up" the academic hierarchy may be difficult.


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