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University of Reading Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. "Research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great work environment and learned a lot

    Cons

    could be more interpersonal among staff

    Advice to Management

    more social interaction between employers


  2. "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.

  3. "Research Officer"

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    Former Employee - Research Officer in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Officer in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great campus and environment, plenty of facilities and parking. Laid back culture in the department I was in.
    There is a lot going on in the evening with free conferences and great place for CPD.

    Cons

    Salary was low in an expensive town to live in. Any young person moving to the area would not be able to afford their own apartment. Limited or no advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the atmosphere going, but pay more where you can. You can attract some of the best young people in the country but if you want to keep them they will need to be able to live in the area long term.


  4. "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.


  5. "Good employer"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Excellent work culture and support.

    Cons

    Short term contract based employment.


  6. "Annual Fund"

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    Former Employee - Fund Raiser in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Fund Raiser in Reading, England (UK)

    Pros

    A relax atmosphere with helpful friendly staff who help you with whatever you need to get the job done. Speaking to alumni of the University is a rewarding experience. There is no too much pressure to get donation either.

    Cons

    You might not always speak to alumni who studied your actual degree or are in your field at all, but saying that they do try to match you with people who did similar degrees or are from the same area

    Advice to Management

    Your current formula works well (a relax friendly atmosphere). You have also built a nice team spirit within the organisation. Also the sweets and prices work as a nice incentive.


  7. "Very good employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good salary, flexible working arrangements, good annual leave per year. People are all very nice and friendly. The working environment is supportive, everyone is very happy to help.

    Cons

    Administrative roles can be a bit repetitive. Difficult to get a permanent job due to it being very competitive. Career progression can be slow.

    Advice to Management

    To provide employees with more opportunities to be creative and be part of decision making concerning their tasks (at least for intern roles).

  8. "good study environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    there are Full of international students

    Cons

    there is poor connection to careers


  9. "Good supportive employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Reading (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility of work, dynamic working environment, interesting people to work with, good opportunities for promotion, good training opportunities

    Cons

    Administration can be slow sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Streamline some processes


  10. "Great experience, but needs work in places."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible in terms of shifts/ academic commitments
    Plenty of opportunities for different kinds of work
    Good pay, and plenty of shifts available
    Fun and friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Good shifts get taken fast
    Little training
    Progression can sometimes be affected by your relationship with managers
    No employee benefits

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better training and proper shift management, there should always be enough people to set up a bar without leaving the bar empty and there should always be a supervisor or manager available during shift.


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