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University of Reading Reviews

Updated January 9, 2018
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  • Short term contract related to the funds of the project, no career opportunity (in 2 reviews)

  • Can't think of many, really, other than the obvious issues with academia: trying to find and keep funding (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "ICMA Centre: an awesome place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Professor in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An entire building of 20+ applied finance faculty with a famous lead professor (whose textbook most of us use) and incredible data assets based on 108 terminals and the ICMA sponsorship, lead by an individual who started himself as assistant and has truly created a family like atmosphere

    Cons

    While the Henley Business School is Top 10 in UK and has lots of outreach events and a research active faculty, the university leadership once in a while comes up with me policy ideas that are not necessarily conducive to research intense institutions ...

    Advice to Management

    ICMA Centre: keep on doing an awesome job / Henley Business School: nudge all disciplines to create world leading output in research and/or impact / UoR: give HBS more autonomy


  2. "Research Intern"

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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

    Pros

    The University was very supportive and engaged with me during all aspects of my internship. I learnt a huge amount and was given the independence to make decisions and direct the research project.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any. This was a good summer internship for a student.

  3. "PDRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Reading full-time

    Pros

    flexible hours
    good supportive environment
    world class leaders in research field

    Cons

    none that would keep me anonymous


  4. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice campus, lots of clubs/societies, gym on-site, easy-ish to get to London (takes 50-60mins, NOT 30mins as advertised).

    Cons

    Terrible communication between departments, absolutely awful. Poor planning by high ups, no support for PhD students - doctoral research office does minimum possible to help with issues, no coherent progression plan, just generally not well organised and not interested in helping PhD students with career progression

    Advice to Management

    Increase communication and cohesion between departments, in particular admin staff who have no idea what they're doing. Better catering facilities for staff and postgrads during the summer - absolutely no reason why everything closes early, its not like we dont need to eat. More opportunity for PhD collaboration across departments, everything is very localised


  5. "part time job in student cafeteria"

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    Current Employee - Part Time in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Part Time in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Clients are mostly students and the vibe was general friendly.

    Cons

    sometimes will face racial discrimination when getting the instruction from supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    It will be better to set a good model about working environment especially this is school.


  6. "Can do better"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lovely campus
    Some schools within the uni highly reputable and (I hear) nice to work in

    Cons

    Management within my department blatantly bullies staff, HR and senior management is ineffective in dealing with such complaints. Those who can leave choose to leave. Staff is not valued, cliquey environment. No sense of shared purpose, no sense of real community and collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing three wise monkeys and listen to your staff . Encourage face-to-face communication, nurture collegiality.


  7. "Very burocratic"

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

    I have been working at University of Reading full-time

    Pros

    I worked at the University for 4 years and the brand name is good

    Cons

    But one does not feel valued, students are treated like clients at the expense of staff stress and well-being.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to treat academic staff betterand value them. Also their workloads should be managed so that they are not over capacity.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "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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