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Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. "Academia meets big business..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like a more laid back life it's good, easy to not do a lot.

    Good research ratings and lots of funding!!

    Cons

    Promotion through long service, good chance of your dept. being closed if it doesn't 'perform'.

    Advice to Management

    Take a better look at all those personal domains of power...just because you bring in a lot of funding doesn't make you a manager!


  2. "technician"

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    Current Employee - ART Tech H/S Pat Tester in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - ART Tech H/S Pat Tester in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    good long term and good training with health and safety a prime requirement from a employer good support for students

    Cons

    radical changes due to PAS 34 million spent price house waterman , redundancies and salaries dropped by a 5th

    Advice to Management

    forget PAS reinstate good long term staff with experience


  3. "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


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  5. "Unbalanced"

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    Current Employee - Office Administrator
    Current Employee - Office Administrator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pension and a lot of training opportunities available. Leave available is alright, as you get closure days around Christmas and Easter but if you don't have a family and want to take these days at other times not so flexible. It's a good place to start if you're interested in a career in Education. You don't get paid overtime but you can claim it back as time of in lieu. For a grade 4 post hours tend to be 36, but I have always worked more than that. You can also apply for an NUS card which is a small benefit.

    Cons

    IT is poor and is very behind other Universities. You can't take leave during term time. Ability to work from home has mixed messages. For a small University the attitude is quite arrogant and having studied at a University in the Russell group, it's no where near that standard. Pay does not cover workload expected of administrative staff, especially as they are currently making cuts to admin. Management don't communicate changes down the hierarchy. There isn't much opportunity to be rewarded for hard work and it's incredibly hard to progress if you aren't working in research or academia. Other Universities pay higher salaries to administrative staff.
    During personal circumstances I have found management not helpful or supportive and there is no encouragement to progress staff up the career ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Re-balance your priorities, without administrators the courses won't function.


  6. "Librarian"

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    Former Employee - Librarian in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Librarian in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of books to occupy yourself with

    Cons

    Can be a bit dull


  7. "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.


  8. "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


  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. "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.


  11. "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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