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University of Reading Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. "no bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    pay is ok in general

    Cons

    There are a few cons but I could not think of any at this very moment


  2. "Horrible place to work"

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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 Reading full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most staff members are friendly and students treat you well.

    Cons

    Wages are rubbish. Employees are not treated well. There is a lot of bullying from management.

    Advice to Management

    Be kinder


  3. "good"

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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 Reading full-time

    Pros

    Excellent facilities and staff, an abundance of lovely scenery. A great place to work, very fair hours. Easily accessible.

    Cons

    Some of the timings are so spread out that it is difficult to fit in activities in between jobs due to this format.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, all is going well, i am enjoying myself, try and continue in the same way you are doing as it is working very well.


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  5. "excellent"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Reading as a contractor

    Pros

    Welcoming, Professional and aspiring to be the best in what it does. It is a privilege to work here after years of working in a less aspiring culture this is a breath of fresh air.

    Cons

    I dont live close enough to the campus and have a long commute

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you are doing


  6. "Too much change all at once"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of really good and friendly people to work with on an operational level

    Cons

    There has been an awful lot of change, lots of people have left or are new and so in many areas people are extremely stretched. Very political.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your staff; make sure they have the support they need, the training and development as well as a positive working environment.


  7. "University of Reading"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive managers, freedom to do what you want to do

    Cons

    high cost of living in Reading.


  8. "Open Day Guide"

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

    I have been working at University of Reading as a contractor

    Pros

    Great pay, friendly employers, great chance to do different tasks whilst working e.g. campus tours, accommodation tours, wayfinder etc.

    Cons

    The early starts before an open day, there is not a lot of training so you have to use your own initiative for campus tours etc.

    Advice to Management

    The role is fun and enjoyable by all the staff which helps the day pass a lot quicker. The pay is also very good and encourages students to work.


  9. "University of Reading review"

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

    I have been working at University of Reading full-time

    Pros

    good holidays, open to considering flexible working

    Cons

    currently experiencing wholesale business change with poorly managed redundancies

    Advice to Management

    engage more with staff, and don't make so many sweeping changes all at once


  10. "Great culture"

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

    I have been working at University of Reading as a contractor

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, flexible working hours, good colleagues, beautiful campus! Very reputable university with good research culture and plenty of activities on and near campus

    Cons

    Can't think of many, really, other than the obvious issues with academia: trying to find and keep funding. But you'll get that with any academic career

    Advice to Management

    Please don't centralise IT as it slows down the process for everyone, especially those of us who are in very specialised computational environments.


  11. "Generally ok. 3 1/2 decent years, but apart from appreciation doled out as far as they can, we are still just numbers."

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    Current Employee - Programmer Administrator in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer Administrator in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My team within our small department within a department have been a joy to work with, all bar one person whose negative effects we have all worked to negate. All the harder to negate when that person is the senior figure in the department, but still possible. Flexible working, good parking, comfortable offices etc.

    Cons

    Very low pay compared to the same role (programme administrator) at other institutions even compared to Oxford, 45 minutes drive away.
    This leads to not feeling valued in any way. We had a random 'bonus' of £300 last year, JUST before they announced their plans to reduce the amount of staff they employ. Ridiculous. These cuts have been implemented to save money for the future AFTER the institution has recently spent £32,000,000 on business consultations about how to save money in the future.
    UoR have since found that more people took voluntary redundancy than they were expecting so they've saved a tonne of cash while reducing the service for their students - but who am I to criticise the advice of £32,000,000s-worth of consultants?

    Advice to Management

    Academics in management: knock it on the head and leave it to actual managers with training in management.
    Managers with training in management: do more effective, person-centred management for both students and staff for the benefit of all.


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