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Updated May 12, 2017
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  • Senior management decisions were often badly communicated and sometimes not executed well (in 3 reviews)

  • If you value beautiful architecture, you won't see that on campus (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "A Corrupt Horrible place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Facilities and front line collages alot of training and a nice student environment

    Cons

    Over baring ,uneducated, unresponsive and corrupt management. No equality within staff, more who you know than what you know and lots and lots of hearsay and un answered questions. No career progression or prospects.

    Advice to Management

    sack all of your Estates and security management and start again. Try not to be completely corrupt and treat staff as equals.


  2. "Highly political - culture of blame and fear"

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

    I worked at University of Leicester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most people are friendly enough. The University has some really lovely grounds and Victoria Park is right next to the main campus.

    Cons

    Zero support - awful management. A culture of blame and fear and the worst politics I've ever known. Some baseless investment decision have nearly financially ruined the place.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to one another and treat the staff with more respect. It would be ideal if you could also pay the Living Wage to the lower earners. Why has the current financial situation come as such a shock?


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very conservative governed by the administration university."

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Relatively reasonable pension scheme. Attempt to meet Athena Swan criteria.

    Cons

    Very little (compared to other university) paid leave - 25 days p/a. Unrealistically tough promotion policy (requirements are higher than those in Oxbridge); promotion is not based on skills but on political policies within the university. Faculty carry too many administrative responsibilities; very little time for research; teaching load is too high and actual interaction with students is very much time consuming without any significant benefit (for the students and for the results); unrealistic attention to individual students complaints (instead of looking at statistics).

    Advice to Management

    Cut on administration (which seems to be unrealistically in numbers) and generates useless tasks just to justify its existence; more departmental independence in finances; hire more teaching-prevalent staff at appropriate high level to relieve the research staff for doing research and achieve high REF. Increase paid leave at least to 30 days p/a (preferably 35). Cut on cosmetic campus investments (as recently installed useless statue in front of the library) and invest in more faculty positions.


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  5. "Rotten to the core - Riddled with lies, corruption, deceit and extra-marrital affairs."

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

    I worked at University of Leicester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I hear the medication to treat work-related stress, anxiety and depression works wonders if you are a recreational drug-user.

    Cons

    Truly biblical amounts of malcious gossip, relentless back-stabbing, living under the constant fear of losing your job and risking your family and loved ones being smothered with a pillow in the middle of the night by an unknown hooded assailant. Career progression is only achieved through being related or 'affiliated' with someone already in the mythical realm of being above salary Grade 5.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it in your trousers, go home to your wives and children at night rather than jumping into bed with half the senior management team. Stop using your 'minions' as a whipping boys for your lack of man-management and people skills. Respect your employees, they are the ones who empty your bins, lock your door at night, wash your windows and cut the grass.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Academic
    Current Employee - Academic
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some colleagues are inspirational, especially considering the climate, which is very political and horribly depressing.

    Cons

    They bring young academics in from around the world and work them to death. They do not deliver on their end- no recognition, no promotion. Just endless pointless staff development courses to placate you. They take advantage of you every way that they can. They are happy for you to move on. They are happy to replace you with someone cheaper, another young fool. Run from this place.

    Advice to Management

    You should look more closely at what goes on in the Colleges. I've seen some appalling behavior in my time. Just disgusting the way people are treated.


  7. "Very poorly managed"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Leicester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good academics and students. Facilities good. Good gym and arts centre. Reputation of university has risen. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Senior management is very poor. They don't seem to empathise with those who have to deliver - the admin people are very stressed and this is shown by the numbers off with stress and the high staff turnover. HR and research finance are particularly bad. There are quite high levels of demoralisation. The university management simply seems to be driven by money. Old-fashioned values of public and community service are ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old guard and start listening to staff in the administration and academic front line. Stop being so driven by profit and money.


  8. "It's Pretty Much What You Expect"

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    Former Employee - Residential Advisor in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Residential Advisor in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Get paid in full and on time, reasonable rate.

    Cons

    Full of people who wouldn't last in a high pressure job.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clean out, there are lots of people twiddling their thumbs for months on end.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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


  10. "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.


  11. "Comfortable and nice to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Leicester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Departments have good reputation, high-quality research. Career development courses. International environment. Nice library and library cafe to catch up with colleagues. Sports facilities nearby to break your day. The big park next door is nice for having lunches on hot summer days.

    Cons

    Some managers self-centered without people management skills. If you value beautiful architecture, you won't see that on campus. The food on campus expensive and not good quality (luckily, shops and restaurants not far from the campus).

    Advice to Management

    Show that you value the input from employees lower in the academic hierarchy.


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