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University of Manchester Manchester Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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Pros
  • The working environment is friendly in general (in 13 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, good work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Some of the Principal Investigators do not spend as much time with their PhD students as they perhaps should (in 8 reviews)

  • Hours worked are quite long, find it hard to concentrate when hours are so long (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Nice environment"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Manchester (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of expertise in various subjects. Ideal for multidisciplinary research.

    Cons

    Administrative tasks can take a bit of time before they are sorted out.


  2. "Worked as teaching assistant."

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work alongside PhD study and able to find cover when unavailable to work. Good pay. Good facilities in teach labs.

    Cons

    Can be quite intense, high pressure job. University recently announced releasing a large number of staff, which I think is a mistake.

    Advice to Management

    Value your researchers.

  3. "Lab demonstrator"

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    Former Employee - Demonstrator in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Demonstrator in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, relaxed environment, good pay

    Cons

    None I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  4. "Chemistry PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great well equipped facilities, friendly work-mates, plenty of support with the research, the opportunity of work placements in industry, the chance to attend conferences and a fun working environment.

    Cons

    Stressful at times with a lot of pressure placed on getting results quickly, also often thrown in at the deep end and working mostly independently which can be disheartening when the project is unsuccessful.

    Advice to Management

    Try to create a more balanced work-place with a good work-life balance encouraged and to not place too much pressure on students to meet unreasonable targets which could detract from their overall mental well-being.


  5. "Great opportunities, perhaps too many "lifers""

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of fantastic training, work with a variety of people, generous vacation, and Christmas shut-down.

    Cons

    The University doesn't closely monitor its senior administrative staff, which has resulted in complacency. Some of these individuals do not take advantage of the generous training offered, resulting in slow, inefficient processes, and people refusing to adapt.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "backwards institution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working for the department is very interesting on a daily basis, very relaxed atmosphere, working conditions and hours of work certainly plus points.

    Cons

    Way to many manager positions, very top heavy, which is frustrating in seeing things getting done at lot passing things around and nobody taking responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Take more notice of people on the ground, seriously would make things more efficient and reliable.


  7. "Everyone wants the best for you"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The University of Manchester has great training and development opportunities and continues to invest in your development. The relaxed environment of academia allows flexible working.

    Cons

    The nature of post doctoral research associate work is short term fixed contracts, so you need a good line manager/boss to help support you through further work

  8. "Assistant"

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    Current Contractor - Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Manchester as a contractor

    Pros

    There are free courses onsite and they want you to continue learning. Good location and friendly staff.

    Cons

    Staff are on short contracts or zero contracts - people within the same department are competing for the same job(s) which means that there is a lack of trust and share of information. Everyone I speak to are very stressed as they are not sure if their contract can be extended. Everything seems to take a very long time - from paying expenses, signing PCM's ...

    Advice to Management

    Line managers should be able to sign off invoices rather than someone who is not involved in the project and have no idea what they are signing off..


  9. "Very nice supervisor and good environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My colleagues are very friendly, health and safety check is very good. Flexible time, and also learning lots of things during the process.

    Cons

    The salary is a bit low, but I'm only a casual worker, so it's not too bad.

    Advice to Management

    The time-sheet handling process was a bit weird. HR is not very helpful, sometimes they don't even know what's the situation. And I need to explain the VISA status to them.


  10. "GOOD"

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    Current Employee - Secretary in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Secretary in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Postgraduate Student at the University of Manchester. Good structure of the course and great connections with the industry. High quality facilities.

    Cons

    High number of students leads to poor personal assistence and some IT failures especially during day hours. No other major cons experienced.

    Advice to Management

    I suggest to the Management of the University of Manchester to improve the selection process for the students and limit the number of students per course in order to deliver a higher quality service.


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