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University of Leicester Reviews

Updated September 16, 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)

  • Provides excellent training, a considerate working environment that provides equal opportunities for all (in 7 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)

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  1. "Excellent employers"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at University of Leicester as a contractor

    Pros

    The staff are kind, good pay

    Cons

    Infrequent work as a guide


  2. "Lecturer at University of Leicester"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer

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

    Pros

    The normal benefits of working as an academic - flexible hours, predictable routines, etc.

    Academic staff are friendly to each other.

    Cons

    There is a push to increase student numbers to help the financial situation. The negative impact on staff is:
       - An ever-reducing quality of student. To increase numbers the entry requirements are lowered meaning we have to teach degree-level content to students that struggle to cope with it.
      - The Larger workload for marking, supervising etc.

    There is a large disparity in the pay and position of staff between departments and within departments. There are staff that have been around for a long time and were promoted during periods when promotions were easy. They clutter up the place on high salaries that block others. Teaching or Admin staff are treated like 2nd class citizens with no pretence that things should be any different. Leicester considers itself a research-led university and won't recognise that it's teaching and students support services that keep everyone in a job.

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't put a sign highlighting which is the parking space for the VC given the unpopular nature of some of the decisions that are being made.

  3. "research short contract"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time

    Pros

    good rese a r c h

    Cons

    not se c u r e


  4. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Fast-paced work environment

    Cons

    - Unclear job expectations
    - Blurry job roles
    - Very competitive


  5. "Uni"

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    Current Employee - Student in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Leicester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere on campus etc really nice people

    Cons

    Dept of Economics is rubbish don't bother
    Staff at team Leicester can be difficult to work with


  6. "Career Development Service"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Leicester as a contractor

    Pros

    Engaging, Variety, development, rewarding, great team

    Cons

    use of fixed term contracts


  7. "Training cours"

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    • 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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great, friendly place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly place to work and has a nice community feel. Good amounts of annual leave entitlement and many departments are flexible when it comes to childcare commitments etc.

    Cons

    Can sometimes feel there is a noticeable hierarchy between senior members of staff and other staff

    Advice to Management

    Overall communication between departments could improve and more opportunities for internal members of staff to develop their careers

    University of Leicester Response

    Mar 1, 2017 – Recruitment Partner

    Thanks for your candid review. You emphasis some of the 'Pros' which are a recurrent theme on these pages. Since you posted, we have enhanced our benefits offering and launched a new benefits portal... More


  9. "Excellent"

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    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

    Many thanks for the review. Have you cut and paste from the previous review as there are some similarities?


  10. "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.

    University of Leicester Response

    Mar 1, 2017 – Recruitment Partner

    Thanks for the positive review!


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