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Updated March 21, 2017
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  • Short term contracts and uncertainty (in 4 reviews)

  • Long hours, limited opportunities to advance, lots of cut backs at the moment resulting in poor job security, poor car parking (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Study Abroad Student Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Study Abroad Student Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Study Abroad Student Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly office atmosphere and my employer takes an interest in me; they are keen to offer me as many shifts as they can and to challenge me with different tasks each time. Pays well for the role.

    Cons

    Zero hours contract which is idea for a student but not great if you want more regular work.


  2. "Great place to be a PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Dynamic and lively atmosphere in the School of Geography. Lots of other PhD students which is great for stimulating discussion, coming up with ideas, getting support when things are challenging and a generally good working atmosphere. Lots of high quality research going on.

    Cons

    Can only speak for my department, but fairly hierarchical between academics and students, would be nice to have more casual interactions with senior staff

    Advice to Management

    Can only speak for my department, but generally everything seems organised and well run.


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Teacher of English for Academic Practice in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Teacher of English for Academic Practice in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, environment and salary

    Cons

    None, its a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


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  5. "University of Leeds PhD"

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

    Pros

    Great working environment in multidisciplinary Astbury centre allows for great working collaborations. The university is friendly and welcoming as is the city.

    Cons

    Low salary for a role that involved lots of hard work and for a highly qualified position. Can sometimes feel undervalued because of this reason

    Advice to Management

    If possible there should be more parity in PhD stripends, however this is understandably not an issue isolated to this institution but the PhD system as a whole.


  6. "Student Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Friendly staff
    - Free lunch
    - Good pay

    Cons

    - Not challenging enough
    - Quiet intervals


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    "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.


  8. "Great place to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    very supportive environment, challenging, interesting

    Cons

    parking is quite expensive, even for employees


  9. "Fast moving and pressured"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good city to work. Great scientific atmosphere in the lab group with lots of development and help for you to reach coals

    Cons

    Pressure to publish is high. Guidance from supervisor was not very useful, you are left on your own to make decisions without much input.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is keep on doing as you are, but focus on developing new post-docs but also retaining the older experienced scientists


  10. "Great University for students"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supervisors and scientists at the University are typically excellent. I've felt very well supported in my current department and have made many lifelong friends. Funding to the University is good and the facilities are very good.

    Cons

    The University can sometimes be overly bureaucratic - finance departments can sometimes be poor and things like student registration are a pain. Admin departments can sometimes be poor. I feel like this can sometimes take away from the excellent work being done at Leeds. Pressure for publications is also a problem but this is a system wide problem over all Universities.


  11. "Love it here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time

    Pros

    so friendly vibrant fun international

    Cons

    very hard degree obviously but this is expected



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