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University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Good support system and atmosphere, great benefits, colleagues were very supportive of each other and flexible working hours (in 10 reviews)

  • Work life balance is pretty good, staff treated well on the whole (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. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it says on the tin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working patterns, generous benefits, city centre locations.

    Cons

    No respect for professional services / professional opinion. Unequal pay structure between general workforce and management. Chaotic company structure. Poor management capabilities.


  2. "Admin Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Part-time, family friendly and inclusive environment

    Cons

    Inequalities between treatment of academic and other staff

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and invest more in admin staff


  3. "Student Recruitment Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Recruitment Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Recruitment Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    exciting position, good salary, very nice and professional colleagues

    Cons

    nothing that can not be handled


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  5. "Fantastic university"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  6. "Professional staff member for 4 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  7. "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


  8. "One happy chappy!"

    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
    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.


  9. "Positive indifference"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  10. "PhD Student"

    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

    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.


  11. "Good employer but could be more innovative"

    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

    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


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