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Updated December 5, 2017
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  • No cons to share, was a very pleasant work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Some of the Principal Investigators do not spend as much time with their PhD students as they perhaps should (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "Well respected International institution- where some amazing things happen"

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

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Staff benefits, access to facilities , childcare, mat leave policy, flexible/family working probably the best you can get in the country.

    Cons

    There is a 'two tier' employee system where academics are tier 1 and everyone else is tier 2. Even work contracts are more favourable for academics, if you are not an academic you are classified as a 'non-academic' which sort of says it all really.
    Professional 'support' staff will do much of the behind the scenes work but there has to be an 'academic lead' for pretty much everything, so you will have no authority- you can find yourself doing all the work but the academics will take the credit (and higher salary and title e.g they will be called 'director of something' and contribute a few hours a week- you will be full time and be the main point of contact,.. but be the 'officer' /project manager etc..when in reality you are the one doing all the directing - I saw this multiple times across many groups and disciplines )- if you are on the 'non-academic' side and you can put up with this fact- its a good place to work . (Also forget getting to any very senior levels- that's overwhelmingly reserved only for academics too)

    Advice to Management

    You have some highly qualified, really excellent professional staff - (notice I dropped the word support) use them and value them properly- many are more capable than academics at certain roles.


  4. "PhD"

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

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of academics to interact with

    Cons

    Can be harsh environment to work at in terms of group work

    Advice to Management

    Get more involve to postgraduate students


  5. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Very flexible, you also have many opportunities to gain extra cash

    Cons

    work is sometimes unclear and disorganized


  6. "Post Doctoral Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Diversity of research topics, flexbile hours when needed

    Cons

    Publish or perish reality, admin tasks are not properly managed, a lot of bureaucracy involved in ordering equipment needed for research

    Advice to Management

    Hiring more admin staff would make life of researchers easier


  7. "Research Staff"

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

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Research environment and world-class research
    Great Colleagues
    Motivated Student Body

    Cons

    The administrative/management system is too wide and impersonal.

  8. "Data curation assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Great pay
    Wonderful people

    Cons

    None that comes to mind

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  9. "Student Ambassador"

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

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    Great people and administrators
    Great Pay

    Cons

    Can tend to get dull during shifts


  10. "Challenging"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester as an intern

    Pros

    Got a intern role for working on teaching material. Learnt a lot and challenging.

    Cons

    Supervisor was very demanding. Amount of pay was low compared to the hours required.


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