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Updated February 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is pretty good, staff treated well on the whole (in 10 reviews)

  • Good support system and atmosphere, great benefits, colleagues were very supportive of each other and flexible working hours (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Career opportunities are good though (in 3 reviews)

  • Increase desk space as a lot of places are getting filled up (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic university"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good administration staff and top notch research. Fancy buildings

    Cons

    University work is not for everybody


  2. "PhD student"

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

    Pros

    The following will depend on the supervisor and department but in my time here I felt:

    Well supported
    There was lots of training opportunities
    A great deal of academic freedom was granted
    The institution takes pride on high quality research and looks good on your CV

    Cons

    Not really many cons. As with all academic positions there is a high expectation on students and staff to produce outputs. Work life balance sometimes not great, but that is maybe more the nature of the job than the institution


  3. "One happy chappy!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Great employer and excellent University! In addition to exemplary facilities and world-leading academic staff there are never ending social and culture events arranged but the university.

    Cons

    I would like more money... Doesn't every student! Don't do a PhD for the money. You should have a true passion in the topic you are pursuing.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management does an excellent job within the Institute I conduct my research.


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  5. "Positive indifference"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Good employer but could be more innovative"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Good people, excellent location, flexible working, some departments are very innovative and drive change and new idea

    Cons

    Hours are long and no compensation for overtime worked. This is advertised but company culture is not to claim so there is pressure to work for free. Some departments are somewhat old fashioned in their thinking

    Advice to Management

    Proper company structure is needed in departments. Better training for line managers and admin staff on HR policies


  8. "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    good pay, helpful staff, good holidays

    Cons

    dated distance learning platform and discussion forum

    Advice to Management

    promote technology in order to attract more students


  9. "Teaching Fellow"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working conditions, excellent balance work/life, international environment, Edinburgh is a very nice city to live in, good pay

    Cons

    sometimes the vision of the department could be not so clear


  10. "Good place to work, when work available."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours.
    Annual career development review.

    Cons

    Not enough job security at the postdoctoral level.


  11. "Rewarding"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Systematic training and problem-solving skills improvement

    Cons

    PhD takes time and needs temperament.

    Advice to Management

    Creating more opportunities for students.



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