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Updated April 15, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexible working depending on line manager" (in 25 reviews)

  • "An amazing working environment that provides the opportunity to collaborate with world-leading academics" (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • "No cons, people are very caring" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Limited long-term career prospects since you are often forced to bounce from one fixed term contract to another" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Friendly and supportive team"

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    Current Employee - Weibo Ambassador
    Current Employee - Weibo Ambassador
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really there to help you and support you
    Friendly and approachable

    Cons

    There are no cons so far as everything is working very well.


  2. "Front Desk"

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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 Manchester part-time

    Pros

    good communication with students and interface with the public

    Cons

    poor management and lack of passion in coworkers

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "Physics Undergraduate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Vast majority of lecturers are world class.
    Undergrad laboratories have an excellent array of equipment.

    Cons

    Class sizes can be too large and sometimes there is a disconnect between the lecturers and students.


  4. "Power Distribution Simulation"

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    Current Employee - Power Distribution Simulation in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Power Distribution Simulation in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    One of five best universities of the world

    Cons

    The job is restricted to USA

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.