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University of Essex Reviews

Updated September 8, 2017
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  1. "Student Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working on campus with a company that allowed flexibility for exams and due dates.

    Cons

    Little room to grow and move up the ladder.


  2. "A great place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Great colleagues
    Amazing campus
    Gym on campus
    Theatre on campus
    Market every week
    Nursery on campus

    Cons

    Nothing negative that I can think of

  3. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low hours, mostly good salary, lovely campus

    Cons

    Slow practises, some management issues in some departments, departmental policies inconsistent


  4. "Good Place to be"

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

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

    Pros

    Quite friendly environment, supportive staff.

    Cons

    I didn't face any negatives.


  5. "Great Employer"

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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 Essex full-time

    Pros

    The University is full of motivated, professionals within the professional services section of the University. Benefits and Annual leave are all industry standard. The Univetsity takes equality and diversity exceptionally seriously and celbrates staff excellence in all areas regularly.

    Cons

    Sometimes the luck of the draw with the department heads can have an impact on career progression. Internal promotions for non academic staff can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box for professional services promotions. Excellent direction and leadership with academics and student facing roles and responsibilities for those looking to progress internally.


  6. "Clearing Assistan"

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    Former Employee - Clearing Assistant in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Clearing Assistant in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good team environment
    Free coffee and snacks

    Cons

    None! the environment was very professional yet friendly

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the good job


  7. "Student Ambassador for University of Essex"

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    Former Contractor - Student Ambassador in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Student Ambassador in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Essex as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Every staff member who I have worked with were friendly and helpful, had no difficulty in understanding my responsibilities.

    Cons

    Really nothing to complain about.

  8. "One of the best places to work"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Essex as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The focus in one getting students employed, bolstering your skills all round and in the process you are provide with plenty of support, a good environment, international culture as well as a busy, fun and stimulating experience. With good flexible work hours, a very nice, caring employers. Also on completion of the role you can apply to higher paying salaries for a number of jobs in the following year.

    Cons

    The payment scheme is not very progressive, requiring 1 years work before having to reapply for higher paying salaries. There are no job based bonuses, aside from recognition to services at award ceremonies.

    In the process of making you a well rounded individual, you are often placed into situations without full adequate training, and so to an extent there is a lot of self-guidance.

    Considering you will be trained, and often required to go above and beyond your base level skills, it is a good idea to start preparing yourself.

    One of the biggest cons, is the Students Union operates on a system of positive discrimination, where the idea is to provide those who have little to no experience in a role with a chance to do it, this often means the best candidates are overlooked if they are perceived to be overqualified for the role, but not repurposed.

    In addition, all applications are equally weighted with interviews, which means a person can prove they are more then what is says on the tin, having his supervisors really taken with his skill and still not get the job because the person was not consistent across both application and interview in their wow factor.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the emphasis on the application being equally weighted to the interview, the application should only screen entries and offer insight into a line of questioning, but if the person in question provides practical skill knowledge at the interview as well as good interview skills, and you actually want him then place this above the application.


  9. "A great place to work in as a researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - A close-knit, supportive team
    - Plenty of training and developent opportunities
    - Manageable workload
    - Staff discounts available on campus, great pension scheme
    - Access to a wide range of services and facilities

    Cons

    - Campus located far away from town center
    - Many on-campus services operate at reduced hours or are shut outside of term-time


  10. "Awesome"

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    Current Contractor - Visit Day Ambassador in Colchester, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Visit Day Ambassador in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Essex as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, fun, interact with different people, comes with lunch breaks,

    Cons

    Finding lecturers when taking applicants to interview. Can be abit difficult

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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