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University of Leicester Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours - I am often able to fit a 7 hour day between the hours of 7am and 9pm which is good for when I have other commitments (in 8 reviews)

  • As a student ambassador - Good pay, nice colleagues and bosses, surprisingly fun job (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management team is exceptionally poor (in 4 reviews)

  • Lack of job stability - hard to get job made permanent due to nature of work (in 2 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Malden, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Malden, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting-edge research and Student focus. you would love it there.

    Cons

    No regrets to work or study at Leicester


  2. "Former academic staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There were generally good colleagues who generally pulled their weight. The support staff were generally very good and friendly. The facilities, particularly the library, were very good.

    Cons

    Towards the end there was some pressure from upper management who barely knew or appreciated what I did. The IT services was particularly bad, although that improved later on. The bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep continuing to improve the IT services. Continue to improve a more supportive environment for your staff, particularly in the area of getting grants.

  3. "Really good place to work, with great colleagues and great research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great research
    Reasonable salary
    Good variety in the work

    Cons

    Budget control and senior management (Dean of college, VC) have no idea how a university operates at ground level

    Advice to Management

    Research doesn't always make a huge profit, deal with it


  4. "Senior Team Leader review"

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    Former Employee - Senior Team LEader in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Team LEader in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff salary, Flexible hours, great transferable skills, responsibility

    Cons

    At times too much responsibility for the pay grade

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the employees are students.


  5. "Not in the top 1% globally"

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

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    This review is to flag up that Leicester were recently told by the ASA that they were not allowed to claim they were in the top 1% worldwide. However, they are still using this on their advertising header on this site.

    Also, please note that many of the reviews are written by students, about their student jobs (student ambassador; football activator whatever that means; etc.). The reviews from academics are rather less positive to say the least.

    The main problem is that the management are very poor. Their recent attempts to fire whole departments has backfired and now they are picking off people individually. However, they have unfortunately selected the hardest working people (who have not had time to work on their grants and research) to subject to "performance management". Oh dear. These hard working individuals will likely leave, and the University will be very much the worse off.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately they don't like to hear advice, so I will refrain from giving it.


  6. "Residential Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Increases transferable skills, especially with dispute resolution and administration.
    - Reasonably good pay (for a student role).
    - Offices are close to University or Halls of residence.
    - Flexibility: the rota is very well catered to you and your schedule.

    Cons

    - Management is often poor, plenty of room for frustration.


  7. "Football activator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Couldn't think of any in particular

  8. "Part-time"

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    Former Employee - Residential Advisor in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Residential Advisor in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible Timings to work
    - Friendly management
    - Has a great atmosphere that enables you to socialize and work at the same time.

    Cons

    There is nothing in particular that is wrong with reference to the accommodation management.


  9. "Enjoyable with a great work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Leicester full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment, friendly staff, good on site facilities.

    Cons

    A fair bit of unnecessary bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps offer more opportunities for development and learning for staff in order to get the best out of people.


  10. "Good University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, very helpful and good working atmosphere.

    Cons

    With the exception of the library and new medicine building, the campus can look quite rundown in parts.


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