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Updated February 4, 2017
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  • Senior management decisions were often badly communicated and sometimes not executed well (in 3 reviews)

  • The IT services was particularly bad, although that improved later on (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Training cours"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time

    Pros

    Very pleased for working in leicester

    Cons

    Short time to get full experience

    Advice to Management

    Make the course long time


  2. "Brand Ambassador"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Leicester part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was flexible
    Pay is good for students
    Up to 15 hours a week

    Cons

    Shifts are first come first serve so if you don't get a shift no pay


  3. "Ambitious but lack independent"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Ambitious department. Opportunities to work on high profile projects and gain good publications.

    Cons

    Department was ran like a dictatorship, with micro management and a lack of responsibility / autonomy given to experienced members of staff. Reliance on approval from the head of department slowed down rate of progress.


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  5. "Excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Leicester (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great support and well defined roles. Good benefits and great facilities. Highly recommended.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    University of Leicester Response

    Nov 2, 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Thanks for the positive review!


  6. "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great variety of work, friendly and collegiate atmosphere, excellent facilities on campus available to staff, generous pension scheme

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that career opportunities are widely promoted across all staff. There's a wide range of skills at all levels that could be tapped into.


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    "Academic"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leicester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    As an academic, there is relative freedom to pursue your own research.

    Cons

    I feel compelled to write this review because of the five star reviews that have been posted recently. Although some may be genuine, my suspicion is that at least some are fabricated. Let me explain.

    As a non-academic, the university is probably a good place to work.

    As an academic: Almost all departments are currently undergoing brutal "transformation" which is mainly about sacking staff. For example, the mathematics department were told to reapply for their jobs (after which 6 or so would be let go - approx 20 - 25% of the workforce). And similar approaches have been taken with other departments.

    Hopefully this review will serve to inform job seekers of the current situation.

    Advice to Management

    Your current approach is probably doomed to fail. I suggest to rethink, and try to get some talented managers in place. Hopefully things can be turned round, but at the moment most academic staff are very dissatisfied, and this will make it very difficult to get meaningful change pushed through (assuming you can identify what meaningful changes to make).

    University of Leicester Response

    Nov 4, 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    I’m sorry to read that your experience at the University has been a negative one. The University of Leicester is undergoing change, partly to ensure its long-term financial stability but mainly ... More


  8. "Good place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Extra holidays
    35 hours a week working 9-5 with an hour for lunch
    Free WiFi
    Good facilities for food and drinks and 2 ATMS on campus
    Amazing sports facilities and at reasonable prices
    Located very centrally and everything within a walking distance

    Cons

    Very regimented in their approach to qualifications- concentrate on experience not certificates

    University of Leicester Response

    Oct 3, 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Thanks for your interesting feedback. Recruitment best practice is a moving feast and the longer term trend may be to focus on a suite of online ‘strengths’ assessments, in replace of academic ... More


  9. "Ok, but watch the students."

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    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in Leicester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Polite, quiet campus. Nice people, good range of services for staff.

    Cons

    Students have become increasingly demanding with the tuition fee increase and demand individual attention. At the slightest infraction they are content to go over your head and make you look bad.

    Staff are charged a premium for every service (clubs, sports + gym, food).

    Isolation and lack of communication are easy habits to pick up.

    University of Leicester Response

    Aug 12, 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    I guess students are an occupational hazard in this industry! Our students are at the heart of what we do and we are committed to ensuring that they receive the best possible educational support ... More


  10. "A potential centre for excellence for research (various)!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Going back up the rankings for research
    - Senior researchers need more support in trying to advertise and obtain more funding.

    Cons

    - Focus on teaching, but have to treat students as customers i.e. they are never wrong. Can be a little more selective and ask more of the students - they are capable.

    Advice to Management

    HR, IT management, purchasing can be vastly simplified and streamlined. At a time when research funding is squeezed, researchers must be able to get the most out of their grants, not having to buy a computer at twice the price through the IT dept for example.

    University of Leicester Response

    Aug 12, 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Your comments are duly noted. Speaking on behalf of HR I can confirm that we are continually reviewing our processes with the aim of improving efficiency and service quality for a range of users.


  11. "Easy work, good pay, few hours."

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

    I worked at University of Leicester part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really great way of getting sales/people skills. Have to be able to easily approach and talk to people knowledgeably and confidently. Pay was good. Fun meeting prospective students.

    Cons

    Few hours, needed another job to sub it.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really.

    University of Leicester Response

    Aug 12, 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Personal development and fun - sounds like the perfect job! Thanks for your review.



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