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University of Glasgow Reviews

Updated August 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Generally favourable work-life balance, especially out of term time (in 8 reviews)

  • The campus is very pretty and access to lovely shops in Glasgows trendy west end make lunch hours very pleasant (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • lack of gym access if working in different location than main campus (in 3 reviews)

  • Difficult to get a permanent position (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Bad management"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Technician in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice location on main campus with lots of shopping and eating options at lunch time. Never needed to work overtime. Lots of staff are nice people, but there are plenty of rogues! Good amount of holidays (28 annual leave + 9 public holiday + 3 days between Xmas and new year)

    Cons

    Inconsistant and unfair recruitment practices, basically recruiting managers are left to their own devices to discriminate and HR don't care about enforcing recruitment standards or policies. No regard to equal pay when setting salaries, particularly for people applying internally, there is no room for negotiation whereas peole externally recruited can negotatiate their salary which leads to unfair discrepancies.

    You will never get a parking permit, despite this being a "benefit" it is completely unavailable to new staff. No flexitime system, flexibility is at the discretion of the line manager, this really should be a defined policy in such a large organisation. I've seen cases where manager's favourites are given much more flexibility than other staff.

    P&DR is a box ticking exercise, the university don't care about your professional progress unless you are a top researcher. I witnessed some victimisation and discrimination in my department, not a nice working environment. I know of many female staff who felt discriminated against, this is a common complaint at this university.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your recruitment practices. Be more aware of the way some managers are treating people and do something about it.


  2. "Great place to work with many fond memories"

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    Former Employee - Research Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting and dynamic workplace with great ambition

    Cons

    Academic science can be a tough job in terms of job security

    Advice to Management

    Create more middle-management jobs

  3. "Lovely university but appalling treatment of female employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    I worked with some lovely people and the university has a great environment. The students are fab and the administrative staff are brilliant.

    Cons

    The management and treatment of employees is appalling. I was left unemployed as a result of pregnancy because of loop holes in my contract. I was told by my line manager that had I not been pregnant my contract would have been renewed. This is sex discrimination but nobody at UoG cared.

    Advice to Management

    Try treating employees as human beings instead of robots in a production line


  4. "No progression and lazy managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time

    Pros

    very slow paced (if you like that kind of thing)

    Cons

    Male chauvinistic dinosaurs. Won't learn anything new


  5. "Glasgow Uni"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time

    Pros

    Nice facilities, great swimming pool, fantastic location in the west end of Glasgow, plenty of cafes and pubs 5 mins walk

    Cons

    Caters to the Chinese students rather than home grown students. Weather is miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on home grown students rather than those from abroad. It will pay dividends in the future.


  6. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time

    Pros

    What a great establishment the University of Glasgow is.

    Cons

    Slightly disorganised and a bit of a bubble.

    Advice to Management

    Improve organisation


  7. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Demonstrator in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Laboratory Demonstrator in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Glasgow (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good atmosphere and great people.

    Cons

    Organisation of office is a bit slow.

    Advice to Management

    NA

  8. "Amazing place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Widening Participation Postgraduate Tutor in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Widening Participation Postgraduate Tutor in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Glasgow part-time

    Pros

    They really treat their employees like they are important and they are very organized, at least within my department they are.

    Cons

    No cons, love my job!


  9. "Working as a post-doc at the University of Glasgow."

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Glasgow (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary was good, the work was interesting, and I had a high degree of flexibility over working hours.

    Cons

    You aren't really valued as an individual, and they are very slow to respond to problems.


  10. "Nice place to work, however management is very inflexible."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The campus is very pretty and access to lovely shops in Glasgows trendy west end make lunch hours very pleasant. The buildings around campus a steeped in history which is nice to look at and the gardens around campus are highly manicured.

    Cons

    Most people I worked with were great however due to the structure of an ancient instuition, the management style is very structured and some departments prefer not to stray from their 'in the box' responsibiliites which can prove very frustrating. The managment duo I worked with were very difficult and inflexible to change.


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