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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. "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.


  2. "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.


  3. "Paterson Institute"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The Paterson Institute for Cancer Research is a world renown centre of excellence in the field of cancer research. Ground breaking science is carried out there by the talented scientists the institute employs. An exciting place to work with very good ethics.

    Cons

    As the funding behind the cancer research was derived from charitable funding the salaries were a little on the low side.

    Advice to Management

    Fill the more senior roles from the talented staff within before going externally. Team work is essential and promoting good team work can result in extraordinary results.


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  5. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits; rewarding; they listen to staff concerns; great campus to work on

    Cons

    Large and bureaucratic; can be hard to progress


  6. "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.


  7. "Great place to work: friendly, open."

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good pension and holiday, good library and central location, good anual leave and excellent program for career development.

    Cons

    Salaries could be higher. Socialising can be difficult due to lack of programs to do it. The distance between different departments can make it hard to collaborate.

    Advice to Management

    Make more social activities


  8. "PhD student at the University of Manchester"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    The University hosts world-class research and has great research facilities, especially when it comes to nanomaterials and life sciences.

    Cons

    Difficult to say as it depends on each lab.


  9. "student"

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

    very great facilities
    the university is doing a lot for you (provide support, organize events )
    we can choose a lot of courses

    Cons

    the lectures can be boring
    some exams account for 100%
    no personal relation with the lecturers


  10. "University Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great reputation helps access to research funding, good resources and research infrastructure, active research centres and talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Large course sizes at undergraduate level for popular subjects limits the amount of personal attention you can give students, university management becoming more corporate, line management inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let Manchester rest on its laurels in terms of quality of support for students, try to engage academics in better line management.


  11. "Physics Internship"

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

    Pros

    There was a nice working environment with highly intelligent colleagues. Also had many perks and chances to work with cutting edge equipment

    Cons

    Communication between departments wasn't always as good as it should be. Work not always valued by management in the way it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Work on communication skills. Make organisation clearer and provide more opportunities for progression and feedback.


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