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Updated May 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, good work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • There was a nice working environment with highly intelligent colleagues (in 11 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. "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.


  2. "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..


  3. "Too much management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    depending on the department can be friendly place to work
    good salary
    good benefits
    good holidays

    Cons

    too many managers
    terrible HR department
    a lot of staff that get away with barely any work


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  5. "Becoming very corporate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    Great, supportive colleagues and some great benefits. Good to work in the city and have all that it offers on your doorstep. Working with students is rewarding.

    Cons

    Us and them attitude from management; becoming extremely corporate and targets driven. Management no longer interested in staff or students as individuals - only in meeting externally derived targets. Staff are often micromanaged, autonomy and trust has gone. Staff are overworked and often expected to do way more than they can fit into their working week.

    Advice to Management

    Give your staff more autonomy. Trust them to do the job they were hired to do. Treat staff and students with integrity, as people, rather than numbers on a spreadsheet.


  6. "STudent"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at University of Manchester as an intern

    Pros

    Study with little challenge, chances to get involved
    resource sufficient
    library useful
    professor
    tutor

    Cons

    free
    less pressure
    loose
    useless career service


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    "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Progression opportunities can be limited as most people have been working at the University for years and will not move on. Some senior managers can be very bureaucratic and will only provide you with work that suits your pay grade rather than recognising potential in employees and providing them with opportunities that will help them progress


  8. "Good science but bad senior management."

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    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at University of Manchester as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great facilities and great scientist, you have everything you need so long as you go and ask, everyone is helpful. The science in general is good as well. The salary goes quite a way because Manchester is cheaper than other cities in the UK. The administration is also quite nice.

    Cons

    No opportunities for development as a postdoctoral scientist. Few seminars. The University is also pushing for quantity instead of quality, so they're trying to cramp more scientists into a tiny space. The food is also horribly expensive in the Campus and they have now bought and closed everything nearby (except Dominos and McDonalds). No rest areas.


  9. "Manchester"

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    Former Contractor - Researcher in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Researcher in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester as a contractor

    Pros

    Great working environment with intelligent and leading academics. Some good support for other researchers. University has a fantastic reputation.

    Cons

    Poor supervision (probably not in all cases). Outside of work and football, Manchester has very little to offer.

    Advice to Management

    Work to ensure that researchers get the supervision that they need. There is a lot of pressure on young researchers to perform and they do not necessarily have the skills or training.


  10. "Not a lot of support if have any problems"

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

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

    Pros

    Great location, great public transport, 15 minute walk from train station and extremely good bus route. Local amenities such as pool and gym are close enough to go on lunch.

    Cons

    The science department is spread over many buildings and even different faculties which can present problems but is perhaps unavoidable in a large facility. There is no guidance or framework for promotion or career advice.

    Advice to Management

    With only one line manager, there is not much support if there are any personal problems. It is difficult to address any issues if they cannot be discussed with that one person.


  11. "OK could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Flexable working hours, Reasnable Pay

    Cons

    Temporary contracts, administrative staff highly incopmitant at times, IT service is terrible


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