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University of Reading Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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  1. "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!


  2. "University of Reading"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "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


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  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.


  8. "Friendly place"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The maths department has a collegial and friendly atmosphere and is supportive of its post-docs. The campus is lovely, and Reading is a nice place to live.

    Cons

    Don't really have much bad to say. The building is a bit old and tatty, and Reading is a bit too far away from London. There's a lot of variation in research quality between departments, so do your homework.


  9. "A place where people are passionate and committed but poorly served by the low level of leadership and management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great location; pleasant, loyal and able colleagues.

    Cons

    Sadly and institution long past its prime and living on a (declining) reputation. The take over by University of Reading has not worked due to 1) no strategy for combining the best of both places and 2) very poor HR decisions (wiping out all the small, but important staff legacy working conditions at Henley) 3) absent or incompetent management/leadership skills. A case of 'physician heal thyself'!

    Advice to Management

    Start practising what (your programmes) preach - consult your staff and develop a strategy that inspires and makes sense; put 100% more effort into coaching and bringing together staff/teams; stop wasting time on trying to win business which has more to do with vanity than business sense


  10. "Interesting and laid back"

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    Current Employee - IT Staff in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Reading, England (UK)

    Pros

    Educational environment
    Flexible but at the same time strict
    Reliable job that will not let anyone down
    Location is nice and close to London

    Cons

    Repetitive routines that are too repetitive and finally it is a real pain to work with all the procedures before doing anything

    Advice to Management

    Make work more fun a place where everyone can enjoy and feel like they're working not because they're looking forward to the final salary but because they're doing something challenging



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