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University of Nottingham Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  • Short working hours, and no pay for lunch time (in 5 reviews)

  • I have found that technicians, admin staff and academics are quite separated, and this makes things uncomfortable sometimes (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good university"

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

    I worked at University of Nottingham full-time

    Pros

    Reputable university with good resources and facilities

    Cons

    Good to work for in general


  2. "Great platform for postgraduate research opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Internationally recognized university.
    - Opportunities to exchange/transfer to foreign campus (UK, Malaysia, China)

    Cons

    - Limited facilities in the newer campuses


  3. "It was awesome!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everything was so super cool. I loved it

    Cons

    It was sometimes boring okay


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  5. "Great cosmopolitan environment and progressive approach!"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Nottingham full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    University is very progressive with good environmental/green credentials, up-to-date HR practices and compliance and management at the top appears to be forward thinking and competent. The population of the university is very cosmopolitan with a vibrant international community and there is a good provision of facilities such as top-of-the-line sporting facilities. The campus is very beautiful. There are language courses and other qualifications for staff development available and staff development is encouraged.

    Cons

    Working as a post doctoral researcher frequently requires long working hours and weekend work for average pay. There are high and sometimes un-achievable expectations and standards placed on the workforce and considerable pressure and criticism when these are not achieved. Long term technical support staff are sometimes lazy and inefficient delegating or avoiding dealing with issues in turn, often increasing the workload or slowing the progress of research staff. At times some supervisors have double standards and show favoritism to certain employees (offering more holidays for example) and neglecting others. Parking spaces are hard to get and provision of parking spaces is declining as more car parking space is built over for new buildings.

    Advice to Management

    Consider addressing some of the cons listed


  6. "Assistant Research Fellow"

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

    I have been working at University of Nottingham full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Work life balance, not too much pressure
    Good working environment
    International background
    Interesting job sometimes when engaged with students

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities
    Unfavored job assessment: promotion and salary are not based on working performance but education and working year
    limited incentives
    Complex working procedures and department conflicts are obvious


  7. "Great team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Nottingham full-time

    Pros

    Great team of people of people - they really care about what they are doing and focussed on how outcome improves the students' & academics' experience. Really passionate about the uni.

    Cons

    Sometimes it a seem things / decisions can take a long time to complete- which can feel frustrating.


  8. "PhD Student"

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

    I worked at University of Nottingham full-time

    Pros

    Friendly Environment, Nice buildings, beautiful lakes

    Cons

    Supervisors are not always responsive, high pressure environment

    Advice to Management

    Assure Supervisors are taking proper care of their PhD students


  9. "Groundstaff"

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

    Pros

    Excellent holidays and a reasonable workload. Inclusive and accepting atmosphere; work area well resourced. Opportunities to increase skills usually present.

    Cons

    UofN moving towards the current working model - i.e. flexibility expected on our part, none offered in return.
    HR recently conducted a pay review and concluded our salaries were adequate. To arrive at this conclusion they cherry-picked similar roles and conveniently ignored salaries that were higher than our own.
    Getting staff is difficult because of this, hence they have reduced the qualifications required.
    Shabby behaviour.

    Advice to Management

    Top tip: students aren't 'customers' and the workforce at out level can see the contortions you go through to justify the unjustifiable.


  10. "Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Nottingham part-time

    Pros

    + Very flexible hours (mostly evenings & weekends) so easy to fit in with studies
    + Chance to meet people from your course & speak with your lecturers
    + You can attend sample lectures and seminars which can be interesting and new
    + Very sociable
    + Free food :)

    Cons

    - Can get a bit boring at times as you're in 1 room most of the time
    - Not much direction in terms of providing information to prospective students (more of a guide to show them where to go next)

    Advice to Management

    I would include a campus tour in the structure of the day.


  11. "Global University, Beautiful Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Nottingham full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    An ambitious, global university with beautiful campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia. A stimulating environment in which to work with some very talented people.

    Cons

    Sometimes effecting organization-wide change can take longer than in the private sector, partly due to the devolved nature of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on pursuing your ambitious goals. Create more synergies between the international campuses. Celebrate the success of your talented workforce.


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