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Updated October 2, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "Good"

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

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

    Pros

    Good relationship, good pay package, good holidays

    Cons

    Lack of strategy, lack of cohesion


  5. "Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Reading full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good teaching/research balance. Amazing colleagues who supported me to build up my initial research portfolio. Good brand to apply for founding from.

    Cons

    Management that overspends on outside consultancies. Dismiss them from the grounds, but decides to cut the services of well-functioning entities. Good schools were shut down and an exodus of good high impact staff left in the wake. The management could not have made worse decisions, and that after an alleged $32M pound expense. How they still are there in their high paying jobs is beyond me!

    Advice to Management

    Leave. If you feel that you need to stay, then do your work rather than pay expensive consultants to come and do it for you! If you feel you need help, then UoR does have international calibre researchers in Henley Business School who might be able to help you!


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Promotions are very difficult and cost of living is very high.


  9. "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.


  10. "Great staff, Great place, Shame the senior staff don't see it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Reading full-time

    Pros

    Good working hours and conditions. All staff are willing to help and there is drive to make the student experience the best it can be. the staff here give a lot of time and effort to the job and make it a nice place to work.

    Cons

    There is a serious lack of opportunities for job growth and advancement. most higher level jobs are filled from outside leaving little chance for promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff and give them the chances they deserve. encourage personal development and start paying them the wages they deserve.


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