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University of Northumbria Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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University of Northumbria Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive Andrew Wathey
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  1. "Working here"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor
    Current Employee - Associate Professor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Northumbria full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Calm, good momentum overall

    Cons

    Quite disorganised, top heavy faculties

    Advice to Management

    Work on productivity and reduce dead weight from the top


  2. "Good Employer"

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

    I have been working at University of Northumbria part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good holiday leave entitlement, good work/life balance for those that need it, good pension. I have worked here for 16 years and I can't complain about my employer.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and have to involves lots of people to make simple decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff more and the Executive could valve the staff more.

  3. "PhD Northumbria Uni"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Northumbria full-time

    Pros

    Great wage for living standards in area, teaching pay even better, high standard of resources

    Cons

    miss management, lack of induction, no clear lines of communication


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid if you can"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Northumbria part-time

    Pros

    Other staff on my level were great. Pay wasn't bad.

    Cons

    The management were incompetent. My line manager though he was being funny by bringing up bombs and the IRA as jokes (I'm Irish).

    The staff have zero confidence in their management, so there's endless complaining (mostly justified, but often repetitive).

    Constant restructuring was a flagrant display that the management in place seriously didn't know what they're doing. Clearly nothing was learned from previous restructures, and each time they must have had completely unforseen consequences, warranting another restructure.

    Roles were not clearly defined, and depending on which shift you worked, you would have a different and more varied workload than others.

    Advice to Management

    The structure, such as it is, means you probably can't do anything to fix it and you know it.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Could be so much better"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Northumbria full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexi time and pay is comparably generous

    Cons

    Constantly changing environment meant staff were always on edge, management had no change management abilities whatsoever, very few progression opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Management need more training on how to organise workload and manage staff. Management weren't knowledgeable and didn't instil much confidence in staff.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Shambolic"

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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 Northumbria full-time

    Pros

    The people are mainly tremendous. They have change rammed down their throats on an annual basis, some people that I worked with had to re-apply for their jobs 3 times in 2 years. Yet they manage to smile and still perform their roles admirably.

    Good pay and benefits.

    I will look for a new role soon. Shame, as I genuinely love the people and students.

    Cons

    Restructuring and voluntary severance schemes operate almost annually in some areas. Always seems to protect senior management and those faces that fit. Running joke amongst staff is that attractive females were protected and promoted in my area.

    HR team very biased towards management and in collusion about managing cases.

    The Vice Chancellor is a target of ridicule amongst almost all staff. Awards himself payrises and cuts staff annually.

    Pace of change is overwhelming to staff. This summer around 300 students received the incorrect degree grades because of teams being under resourced and unable to check admin work.

    Very intolerant attitude towards anything that challenges the status quo.

    Communication is horrific and staff it often find out via gossip before official communication takes place.

    Bullying is rife amongst management. Around 3 years ago, staff questioning a reduction in hours were told 'it's better than being on a zero hours contract' by a senior manager.

    Advice to Management

    To restructure once, get it right and not have to do so again annually.

    For the Vice Chancellor and other senior leaders to be treated the same as staff with regards to pay awards.

    Slow down with pace of change. Make it more manageable for staff.

    HR to be more balanced rather than fully for the organisation.


  7. "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    - friendly staff
    - great working environment

    Cons

    - could be more organised
    - better job opportunities

  8. "Confused Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Northumbria full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Holidays
    Students Union on Campus

    Cons

    No progression opportunities
    Too much higher management - not enough staff to support students
    Lack of direction
    Lack of communication
    Lack of diversity in management
    No accountability - and yet management get bonus

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and look at the top structure. People do not have accountability. Many people in institution for 5+ years but not progressing and stopping innovation. Staff end up jaded and leave.


  9. "A changing world"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Northumbria full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good pay and holidays. Good colleagues. Generally a nice environment to work in. Always trying to get better.

    Cons

    Forever changing. Little trust in staff. Too much micro management from above. Too much red-tape. Often poor communication and inclusion of the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the red-tape. Trust your staff. Allow for flexibility of skill, with good promotion opportunities for all.


  10. "They mean well but everyone is too busy with their own issues."

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

    I worked at University of Northumbria part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting and interesting projects and people to work with.

    Cool working environment.

    Cons

    No support from line manager, no work life balance, feeling guilty taking time for lunch and ending up eating at my desk, issues getting paid easily and on time when doing contract work.

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to ensure employees are happy and supported. Set proper measurable goals, don't change the goal every meeting!


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