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University of Manchester Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, good work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Overall, a really nice working environment (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. "PhD student at the University of Manchester"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  2. "GOOD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "PhD student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent personal and career development services

    Cons

    Big university meaning it is sometimes challenging to perform project across different faculties


  7. "University Lecturer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  8. "Great Part Time Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Easy to meet other people not on your course

    Cons

    Have to balance work and uni


  9. "Becoming very corporate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Physics Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "Progression of PhD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good, fun and motivated vibe. i really enjoy doing research in this university.

    Cons

    not that bad. i can't think of any disadvantage


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