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University of Leicester Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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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 10 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)

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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 (2)

    "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.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  6. "A university in turmoil"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Leicester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff below senior management level are generally lovely.

    Cons

    Senior management team is exceptionally poor. Communication is inconsistent, strategy is confused and implemented with little understanding or competence. The chaotic and increasingly cutthroat culture which has been created is unpleasant and completely unnecessary. Staff are left floundering by constant upheaval and changes in direction, making it almost impossible to complete even the most basic tasks. Experienced and knowledgeable staff are leaving in their droves only to be replaced by temporary/agency staff on minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your current scattershot approach and recognise the value of your experienced staff while you still have some left. Ultimately it’s the students who will suffer as a result of your ineffectual leadership - or to put it in terms that might strike a cord, lower NSS scores!


  7. "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.

  8. "Great place to be around"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to be around

    Cons

    nothing much cant complain much


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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