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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. "Campaign calling job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    great for students who are looking for an easy way to give value to prospective students. People are nice in the workplace and they offer full training.

    Cons

    If you do not like cold calling then i would not recommend the job, you also need a high tolerance in doing the same repetitive task.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to continue doing what they are doing which is giving students with language background a chance to get part time work.


  2. "Great part-time perks for students"

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

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

    Pros

    The university has great part-time opportunities for current students that fit around your schedule. You can choose from a variety of work such as tour leading, mentoring, packaging and posting, or managing the reception. You could also try out the Students' union roles such as bartending. Overall there are plenty of opportunities and you will get by just fine provided you are willing.

    An additional benefit of choosing the student ambassador work is that the community is quite friendly. Imagine a group of 500 students working together to set up and run an open day, everyone is as energetic as you and you have good fun.

    Cons

    The only down-side of working in this role is that you may not get work all the time. Unlike other part-time jobs where you can set out certain time of the day to work, the student ambassador work is highly varied. One has to apply to each opportunity individually, and there is no guarantee that you will get it. Although, I have been able to get work more often than not.


  3. "wokring at manchester"

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

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    great city, great place. Lots of opportunities to travel in my PhD ranging from China to many places in the USA. Great research projects at a world leading university.

    Cons

    Academia can be slow and a little tedious. Be prepared to do a lot of isolated research, everyone is too busy with their own research and you can feel a little alone sometimes.. although to counter this they usually have a lot of group meetings.

    Advice to Management

    I believe the PHD programs are very good and will set me up with the skills i need to get a good job. I say just continue doing what you are doing.


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  5. "Good Education"

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

    Pros

    All Staff Are Quite Helpful

    Cons

    Diversity in Research Areas Could be Better

    Advice to Management

    Allow Students to Explore Additional Areas, More Diversity


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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


  7. "PhD Student in Chemistry"

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

    Good availability of resources, lots of events for employability, if you play well your cards you can make a lot of contacts that can help you when you finish your PhD.

    Cons

    School administration and HR are a big mess. Some initiatives are there just to show up but are not actually working.

    Advice to Management

    You know the things that are broken, just fix them.


  8. "PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity or anyone who is interested in life sciences

    Cons

    not really much - your experience depends a lot on your supervisors


  9. "Good Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people. Facilities are good.

    Cons

    Poor Human Resources, takes a long to get reimbursed for business trips


  10. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    High-quality science
    Work-life balance
    Amazing culture and people

    Cons

    Bad communication with management


  11. "Student Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    I meet many new people
    My colleagues are great to work with

    Cons

    No complaints. Nothing too bad


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