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Updated February 21, 2017
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  1. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is great diversity around the university because of the staff employed who are very friendly. It is a great environment to work in.

    Cons

    There are some slow delays when dealing with situations so this can create some setbacks and disrupt the flow of work.

    Advice to Management

    There should be better communication amongst the university to ensure a better working environment for all.


  2. "Embedded System Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Essex full-time

    Pros

    To have an opportunity to work in a very interesting project

    Cons

    The amount of lab equipment is quite limted


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Don't stay more than a couple of years"

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    Current Employee - Senior Officer in Colchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Officer in Colchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice lake - now overshadowed by another ugly grey building. Nice food outlets but too expensive. Nice staff - to your face. Nice management - if you kiss their feet. Nice students - unhappy bunch of teaching staff. Hidden, unhelpful and unhealthy support staff. Lack of progression, if they let you do it, its because they're too lazy to do it themselves - don't expect a jump up the ladder for it. Best Department...IT Support maybe???

    Cons

    In a sentence, they have one unhappy workforce judging by the amount of backstabbing that goes on, particularly in the Business School. Haven't seen many positive reviews except those 'prepared' by Marketing, cleaners, students or PhD research staff! As the old saying goes, when the times get tough the good go first! Take what you can get and don't linger too long. It is the kind of place where you can become institutionalised trying to please but the rewards and progression aren't worth the wait if they come at all. If you do work here, quickly identify the greys and watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    They need to get rid and start afresh. This place does not value you and it is not welcoming of 'critical' or 'questioning' as the ads say.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "The University of Essex - to avoid if you care about your sanity!"

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    Former Employee - Professor in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Professor in Colchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Essex full-time

    Pros

    I worked in EBS for 6 years, where I made some good friends and unfortunately crossed the path of some nasty characters who would smile in your face and back stab you (i.e stay away from hypocrites who would step on you to gain favours). If you want a promotion, then you have to lick and polish, and learn to say “Yes sir” at Essex.
    The place is crowded with sour grapes. I shall elaborate a little, why. As with many universities, there is little opportunity to move up the academic ladder. The problem at Essex is worse. Senior management (the VC, Pro-VCs, Deans) are keen to attract external candidates with weaker CVs than promote existing staff with better research, teaching and administration profile. Evidently, those who can leave move to greener pastures, and those who love power or do not have an excellent profile stay. Senior management at Essex don’t match pay (except those who lick and politick with the VC, Pro-VCs and Dean).
    The VC, ProVCs and Deans are keen to bully certain staff by selectively targeting and downgrading them to Teaching Fellows (Teaching Fellows enjoy less perks than those on Research and Teaching contract). Sometime Deans are not spared e.g. Some Professors who contribute significantly to administration and provide excellent leadership had their contract changed from “Research and Teaching” to “Teaching” only. Well, you can guess about the fate of those on the lower rung of the academic ladder.
    On a positive note, there is a nice pond and ducks which are help with alleviating any stress build up or impending mental breakdown.
    The place is not bad, the people are!
    There was a mass resignation in the Business school (about 8 academics in one subject group, including me, resigned). As an optimist, I never say never, but I shall make an exception in the case of EBS - Well, I still commute from Colchester due to family commitments, but won't go back :).
    Career-wise, leaving Essex is one of best things that ever happened to me. I got an increment of £20k, a promotion, better colleagues, and am treated with respect (as I do to others). The grass is not always greener the other side, but sometimes it may well be. Choose wisely!!!

    Cons

    The VCs and Pro-VCs are out of touch with reality.
    Poor leadership, ironically in Essex Business School.
    Once they got you, you can forget about any increment.

    Advice to Management

    The animals have taken over the farm.
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum.


  6. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Essex full-time

    Pros

    Provide good facilities and Support

    Cons

    Its only above average on university ranking


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Long processes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Essex full-time

    Pros

    Great people here, lovely work atmosphere

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and processes, no communal areas for staff to eat - all of the departments are very separate and you can work at the Uni for years and not meet half of the staff.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "A great two years"

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

    Pros

    -Wonderful campus
    -Fantastic team, many of whom have become very good friends
    -Opportunity for your work to have a real impact
    -Supportive management
    -Not a 'doff your cap' atmosphere. Not out of the ordinary to stop and chat with the Uni's senior management
    -Great development opportunities
    -Jobs can be as varied as you want them to be
    -Given responsibility from the off
    -Ambitious plans for the future

    Cons

    -Limited room for progression
    -Possible favoritism- questionable people being promoted without formal interviews being held
    -If your opinion is not what they want to hear, you have to fight for it to be heard
    -Plans are often implemented 'quickly', rather than 'well'
    -Resentment between departments as some do seem to receive preferential treatment with regards to budget, influence, etc.
    -Can sometimes be a 'blame culture', depending where you work
    -Divide between academics and 'support staff'
    -Ambitious expansion plans puts pressure on staff

    Advice to Management

    Continue to put the students at the heart of what you do. Have no doubt you will succeed with regards to the strategic plan, but do wonder at what cost.


  9. "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.


  10. "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


  11. "Good experience for young professionals"

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    Former Employee - Student Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Essex full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A friendly students' union with its unique student focused ethos and culture

    Cons

    Pay is typical of the UK Students Unions

    Advice to Management

    Really friendly people - pay could be better for student staff.



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