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Updated July 23, 2017
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  • Limited benefits if you're on short-term contracts (in 5 reviews)

  • students, pay, red tape, academics, noise (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "One of the worst and most stressful times of my life."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have nothing else to do in your life..

    Cons

    Professors with grants are like dinosaurs here, they do whatever they want to without giving any consideration to the careers of people working for them. They bully and harass the employees by putting all the blame on them even though the students and other staff are hired without their consent. At least my experience was such.

    Advice to Management

    Take bold decisions against those PIs who have plenty of money but controversially try to grab and snatch everything. They bully, harass and enslave the employees by putting all the blame on them even though the students and other staff are hired without their consent. Any research student/staff who gets hired and is supposed to work with you, you should be asked about his/her credentials rather than just thumping on you. The post-docs end up working for these students rather than providing them with guidance.

    Have people with some dignity and spine at key positions rather than the HoS of my department who was just running after my PI even though he knew everything about the PI's habits. People keep quite and bearing these atrocities because of their visas or some other scholarship bond at home and all such Professors exploit this to the best of their advantage. Nobody is there to make any situation better for them even though such PIs are destroying the careers of the employees working with them. To add insult to injury these PIs are offered special Lectureships and Fellowships so they can establish more slavery. Whoever will keep accepting their slavery will eventually be offered a fellowship or a lectureship depending upon the type of slavery. I have not seen more selfish people in my whole life than such professors. Ask the post-docs about how they feel and do something about it rather than just doing a routine survey. Please do something before people stop coming over here.


  2. "Not a place for career development"

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

    Pros

    None (something needed to be entered in this box)

    Cons

    Lots of individuals with selfish agendas.
    Very few opportunities for career advancement.
    Hostile work environment.

    Advice to Management

    The organization would benefit from restructuring the current top management, so that an emphasis is placed on performing good research and career development for early career scientists. The current top management is only interested in maintaining their status and using (stealing ideas and credit) early career scientists.

  3. "Bullying incompetent management"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lovely campus, lots of interesting things going on, fantastic facilities for students and people generally feel quite positive about the place

    Cons

    School of Education is awful. Terrible management, ad hoc policies and practices implemented to intimidate and bully people, do not value anyone other than professors. Loads of staff on long term sick and management still ignore this. Very difficult to do research as junior staff overloaded with teaching. Incredibly bureaucratic and slow processes, no chance for innovation - high staff turnover and terrible parking

    Advice to Management

    Resign


  4. Helpful (2)

    "If you like to get things done, this is not the place for you"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible re. work balance. Lectures are not really expected to be there at their offices other than when teaching. If they can find some conference or research project, then they can actually live hundreds of miles away and show up once a month.

    Cons

    Clogged by paperwork. This is not an innovative or creative place. This is a bureaucracy. Everything done in here is about making sure the Uni is not sued. Staff are afraid of students and students show little interest in staff. Research is about publications, not about knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Get a vision that is inspirational. More publications, more students and survival is not a vision. It is a cop out.


  5. "Ups and downs"

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    Current Employee - Project Officer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good holidays
    Good atmosphere on campus
    Some very nice scenery and interesting buildings
    Interest in the environment, ethical practices (Student Union)

    Cons

    Very hierarchical
    Support staff not given opportunity to develop or progress
    Bullying and unfair treatment quite rife

    Advice to Management

    We are all cogs that make this wheel work. Treat people on all levels with equal respect and dignity


  6. "The Strategy is "Increasing knowledge and opportunity" BUT the reality is admin gets in the way"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great if you like using lots of different admin IT systems, and/or like lots of admin, rather than teaching and research!

    Cons

    Academic staff have LOTS of online paperwork. Every Intranet admin function uses a different IT system withn a different interface: undergrad teaching admin has VLE, Student turoring has "Leeds for Life", Research Postgrad admin has PDR, Research project management has KRISTAL and incomprehensible Excel spreadsheets, Research proposal admin has J-eS, Research publications has Symplectic, HR has a weird "psychadelic trip" website I cannot fathom, ... I keep asking for plain text which I can use without mouse and complex navigation, but everyone just passes the buck and says it's IT...

    Advice to Management

    The University website is a mess! In particular the Intranet is designed for Admin staff, but not for academic end-users. Every Admin IT interface must have a mouse-free plain text alternative, this will streamline academic staff use of disparate Admin websites and online admin processes. This will increase knowledge and opportunity! (Leeds University supposed strategy)


  7. "Lovely environment (worked at Weetwood sports facilities). Great work colleagues let down by senior management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, constantly being developed and improved.

    Cons

    If you like hockey, even better play or coach the sport you will be in demand and progress in work here. However don't expect a clear and transparent job pathway, Hockey players appear to be head hunted and given jobs. The facilities manager (although competent and efficient) seems to use his budget as a recruitment tool, to progress his own hobby.

    Advice to Management

    Get to grips with the recruitment and personal opportunities at Weetwood. Scrutinise the accounts! Is this a University to support its current students or past students and weekend hockey? Surely BUCS on a wednesday is where money should be invested and financial support should not go to outside sports clubs.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Support staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great promotional opportunities if you are willing to move around the institution

    Cons

    Generally staff were ok with the exception of academics who felt they were more important than the students themselves!


  9. "it's okay"

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

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time

    Pros

    good location, fun activities in the Union, pretty buildings, SDDU team are really helpful

    Cons

    overly hierarchical, poor internal communications within teams (though the corporate internal communications team tries really hard), lots of meetings behind closed doors and information isn't disseminated, poor attitudes towards undergraduate students, 'them and us" culture.

    Advice to Management

    work on internal communications within teams... all school meetings, all faculty meetings, bulletins etc.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Institution, not-so-great organisation"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leeds has a great name, in some cases has great resources, and, therefore, its great to have on your CV.

    Cons

    Management of post-doctoral/early-career researchers at a University level is poor. There is an archaic system for retaining staff on fixed term contracts, for example having to go on to a redeployment register to, in some cases, re-apply for your job. The promotion process is also more hassle than simply joining a different university.


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