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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. "One of the best places to work"

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


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

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


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  5. "Awesome"

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


  6. "Part time student IT Services job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very flexible - hours are given around my timetable
    Pay is relatively good.

    Cons

    As a student I'm limited to work a certain number of hours.
    Having to fix equipment in front of many students can be nerve racking


  7. "Peer Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Essex Abroad Peer Advisor in Colchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Essex Abroad Peer Advisor in Colchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Essex part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Loads of Networking opportunities
    Work didn't always feel like work
    Managers always considerate of our work/study balance

    Cons

    None other than the fact that you can only do max 10 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    None really, keep doing what you're doing!


  8. "Research Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Essex part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    worked at the Institute for Social and Economic Research as part of the longitudinal survey Understanding Society. Very good experience of understanding survey methodology, worked with passionate people willing to help; flexible hours

    Cons

    the research assistant position was available only for Uni of Essex students; no cons as far as I was concerned


  9. "Good place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Essex part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good training, friendly coworkers, good company values

    Cons

    Pay could be better for students


  10. "Student Ambassador at ESSEX"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Colchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable salary (for student), flexible hours

    Cons

    Not many hours. not real career perspectives


  11. "It was a great environment to work in with looks of very friendly and interesting people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Market Researcher in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Market Researcher in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - university campus environment
    - close-knit community
    - generous employee packages
    - good transport links

    Cons

    - bureaucracy
    - many of the workers they are used to working at a public sector pace and therefore it can be hard to get things done quickly
    - the university suffers from a lack of communication between departments... and therefore it can be hard to utilise the benefits of so many intelligent individuals in one place.

    Advice to Management

    - create better communication between departments
    - encourage cross-department interactions
    - weed out the lazy and slow workers.



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