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University of Exeter Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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  • Not really and cons to discuss here other than to ensure staff have a great work life balance as with similar companies within the sector (in 3 reviews)

  • Parking can be tricky with the high numbers of staff and students (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Very little career development & sky-high workloads"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the best paying employers in Exeter for admin roles (although there isn't much competition).
    Great annual leave entitlement
    Always lots of events and talks going on for staff to attend and great sports facilities.
    Some lovely colleagues, although the nicest people are starting to leave due to disillusionment, lack of career progression and the workloads.
    Beautiful campus to work on.
    Flexible working - opportunity to manage your own time & working from home etc.

    Cons

    No career development & progression.
    University is relying too much on 'cheap labour' of Graduates, who are given all the grade C & D admin roles.
    Very manipulative employer - lots of non-procedural employment and line manager practices are used, with a lack of transparency. Only the people who are in the current clique will progress. Often staff are pushed out if their faces or opinions 'don't fit'.
    Workloads are extremely high for Professional Service roles and the expectation is that you work well beyond your contracted hours, at evenings and weekends too. Make sure you don't start doing this or it will become your normal working pattern.
    All staff are stressed out, demotivated and feel powerless and uninvolved with the changes which are being done to them. When staff leave they are not replaced, the remaining staff are just expected to take on more and more work.
    Lots of restructures at the moment with lip service 'consultations'.
    There is no respect for PS staff and the years of loyal, dedicated service given to the University. PS staff are treated like expendible cattle.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving Graduate Business Partners all the grade C & D roles because so many PS staff in grades below E's now realise that the only way to progress is to leave the University.
    You are losing so many good staff with vast amounts of experience due to workloads and bad management.


  2. "Postdoctoral researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    New laboratory spaces at the Living System Institute. Nice city, nice people.

    Cons

    Limited common area for stuff.


  3. "Cleaner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good pay for student at the time.

    Cons

    Hours changed depending on how busy it was


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  5. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience at Exeter University

    Cons

    No cons to this post


  6. "Do not work here as a GBP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time

    Pros

    - Flexi time
    - Annual Leave is good

    Cons

    GBPs are treated poorly:

    - Looked down on by those higher up
    - Giving the worst tasks possible so little chance of developing new skills
    - Divide between academic and professional service staff
    - If you do more than your job involves / go out of your way, it isn't going to be recognised
    - zero chance of career progression
    - Poor pay as a GBP
    - Team that is very set in their ways on how to do things, not willing to try new things - needs a fresh approach
    - Poor decisions
    - Not made to feel like a real team member / valued
    - Every department is just out for themselves
    - Poor working environment for staff

    Advice to Management

    The GBP scheme is horrendously flawed - do NOT do it. Careers team - please look into your scheme - not every department should be able to have a GBP for just anything.


  7. "Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Exeter part-time

    Pros

    Great fun, decent pay, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Not an awful lot of work available at all times.


  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Exeter, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Exeter (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. I get to work on lots of different and varied projects. Huge vacation allowance. Great people to work with & very sociable. Occasional remote working.

    Cons

    Not much room for salary progression. In research the only think that is important is writing publications everything else is secondary. Management isn't great could do with some leadership training.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the management staff need to say 'well done' to their employees once in a while. Saying that Exeter produces great research so keep up the good waork and keep things as innovative is possible.


  9. "very good employer in south west"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    FLexible working
    decent nice salary package
    benefits around base salary is very good

    Cons

    not technology driven
    too many chnages to quick

    Advice to Management

    change is good but at steady pace but overall doing good..


  10. "Perfect transition from University to working life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed friendly work environment
    Great facilities on campus
    Great networking opportunities
    Lots of resources available

    Cons

    Parking can be tricky with the high numbers of staff and students
    Being a developing campus, there is often a lot of building noises around


  11. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time

    Pros

    lots of other good students

    Cons

    it's quite a small city

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work



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