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Updated February 19, 2017
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  • 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. "Salary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    great place to work and learn

    Cons

    timing is the most important


  2. "Poor work/life balance"

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

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Good team and comradary.
    Good for networking.
    Can be a fun place to work when not working 80 hours a week.

    Cons

    Terrible pay for the hours you work.
    No overtime, only accrue lieu time which you can never take back.
    Lack of recognition for achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Need to stop taking credit for others people work and start paying a fair wage.
    Provide more coaching and training to enable career progression.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Bullied by senior academics"

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

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

    Pros

    A large amount of money is being invested in new buildings, everything not required. Most of the Older buildings in the North campus, is most of the time empty for some of the floors, even during the peak hours of lectures.

    Cons

    Bullied by my advisor, because she couldn't understand the problems in experimentation, she forced me into doing things in the lab that were irrelevant. I wasn't paid for my the hours spent, but was forced to be at the university, even without allowing taking leave. This was followed by constant threats and harassment. When a complaint was made, I was further bullied by her and her colleagues including the then director of undergraduate studies of the school of MACE(Mech. Aero and Civil Engg). An internal examination, after the complaint was made, was rigged in such a way that it became favourable for her, adding statements to the report I didnot make. It showed a violation of academic integrity by the senior members of the school. The examination was also delayed by 3 months from the date of planned, where I was not allowed to do research and was not given the exact date of the exam(the university policies states that such acts contribute to bullying), with an exception for a few days before the exam. The school nor the university did not take any action against this. An external examiner(from another university, with 30 years of experience), was bought in for the second examination, where, the examiner told that I was right about the experiments and my method was the only method to solve the problem. Even after that my advisor and her department didnot even apologize for their mistakes, nor any action was taken.

    Advice to Management

    Please ask atleast to comply with the university's rules of confidentiality, when a complaint is made. Also, to comply with the rule of zero tolerance to bullying.If my advisor and her colleagues were at anyother university they would have been fired.


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  5. "TS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    IT, product, development, sales is all great

    Cons

    non at all and love it here


  6. "Great career experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Huge amount of resources and very professional staff. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Paperwork at times moved very slow. Aging infrastructure.


  7. "Multi-media Innovation - if it passes 20 levels of corporate approval"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    MG is one of the biggest media companies and is experimenting with doing some innovative things in the way of converging broadcast, newspaper and internet into one media company. Work for a Media General company and you get the opportunity to expand your knowledge across several different mediums, making you a more valuable employee.

    Cons

    Media General is highly dependent on the newspaper industry, which is a dying industry. They are beginning to move towards a "web First" strategy, but they are an extremely slow moving ship to change. Ideas take a long time to vet their way up to corporate, and most things take so approval on so many levels of management that often, its not worth the time or energy.

    Advice to Management

    Get off the newspaper high horse - its dead already.


  8. "Great part-time perks for students"

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

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

    Pros

    The university has great part-time opportunities for current students that fit around your schedule. You can choose from a variety of work such as tour leading, mentoring, packaging and posting, or managing the reception. You could also try out the Students' union roles such as bartending. Overall there are plenty of opportunities and you will get by just fine provided you are willing.

    An additional benefit of choosing the student ambassador work is that the community is quite friendly. Imagine a group of 500 students working together to set up and run an open day, everyone is as energetic as you and you have good fun.

    Cons

    The only down-side of working in this role is that you may not get work all the time. Unlike other part-time jobs where you can set out certain time of the day to work, the student ambassador work is highly varied. One has to apply to each opportunity individually, and there is no guarantee that you will get it. Although, I have been able to get work more often than not.


  9. "Good Education"

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

    Pros

    All Staff Are Quite Helpful

    Cons

    Diversity in Research Areas Could be Better

    Advice to Management

    Allow Students to Explore Additional Areas, More Diversity


  10. "PhD Student in Chemistry"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good availability of resources, lots of events for employability, if you play well your cards you can make a lot of contacts that can help you when you finish your PhD.

    Cons

    School administration and HR are a big mess. Some initiatives are there just to show up but are not actually working.

    Advice to Management

    You know the things that are broken, just fix them.


  11. "PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity or anyone who is interested in life sciences

    Cons

    not really much - your experience depends a lot on your supervisors



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