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University of Salford Reviews

Updated April 6, 2019
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Pros
  • "Even the Dean of the Business School knows all his staff, including the interns" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Good hourly wage, nice people to work with and flexible hours" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management are more focused on pushing their own agendas than understanding the staff" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Very top heavy environment, business managers retain the power of life and death over software development projects" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at University of Salford full-time

    Pros

    Salford has a new and ambitious vision for the future. Renewed energy and direction and a real buzz about the place. This is a University going places and is one to watch over the coming years. It is great to be part of the team driving this new vision

    Cons

    Still some old ways of working and some colleagues do not believe the new vision is realistic or achievable

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Salford full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is better than unemployment

    Cons

    Too much BS politics and bad blod between teams , centers, research groups. No understanding of research, no career dev, no real interest in building fellows future

  3. "Master Student Msc Data Scrience"

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    Current Employee - Student in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Salford full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great eye opener in the world of Data

    Cons

    Studying so experience will come from attachment

    Advice to Management

    Great place to learn so nice source of emplyees


  4. "Good Management and culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Salford full-time

    Pros

    Great working culture
    Good wages
    Good communication from management

    Cons

    Sometimes lack of communication from exec team
    Lack of chances for progression/promotion


  5. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at University of Salford full-time

    Pros

    Nice place to work in the city

    Cons

    all good at the office


  6. "Digital IT"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity, no discrimination and lots of work to do

    Cons

    Understaffed, poor direction about strategy from senior leadership and building / facilities in IT building very data (thing 1980s) in decor and poor air con

    Advice to Management

    Improve leadership - and tone of voice in communication between senior management and managers.


  7. "meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Salford full-time

    Pros

    its quiet, the work is easy,

    Cons

    you get ignored and no bonuses or commission unless you are in sales

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A curate's egg"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Salford full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Without a doubt the best things for me were excellent colleagues and the almost universally pleasant students I worked with on a daily basis. Unusually for me I am in regular contact with several ex colleagues.

     I found the university a friendly and sociable place to work and the bar was always good for a coffee and social activities like leaving drinks, quizzes etc.

    The Leisure centre is also a convenient bonus with cheap membership for those who wish to use it. It's a very friendly place overall.

    Some excellent training opportunities.

    Cons

    Like many of my colleagues in our team the end of my time was tainted by my relationship with my line manager. I have no problem with people being brought in from other sectors but when your manager declares in their first team meeting they are not particularly passionate about HE or your area of work alarms bells begin to ring. When they make sure they are not in on your last day, barely speak speak to you during your last few weeks, don't do your leaving presentation, omit you from relevant emails and don't even sign your leaving card then that's just extremely sad and reflects badly on the university.

    Some of the systems desperately needs simplifying/updating.

    Career opportunities very limited above grade 5.

    Advice to Management

    Consider how you might keep your good staff who are leaving in large numbers. Stop sticking your head in the sand, especially with regard to the talent drain (of females especially) that is taking place across the university but especially within Professional Services, where mediocre new staff on temporary contracts seem to be prioritised over highly experienced and well thought of staff who are then completing applications that go unread and then leave to take up opportunities for advancement elsewhere as too many mediocre staff remain and progress.

    Allow staff to have exit interviews with someone other than their line manager (who is often part of the reason for wanting to leave). When several experienced and well regarded staff leave a team in quick succession and several of these staff raise similar issues with middle management which are then ignored then surely it's time to deal with some of the issues.

    As referenced by another reviewer several of the systems (Travel, appraisal and Annual Leave to name but three) are embarrassing anachronisms that waste more staffs time than is imaginable.

    Either have flexi time for all or nobody rather than the messy mix and match system that existed when I left.

    In what is clearly a difficult time for the sector the reputational damage the university is suffering at the moment due to the above issues should not be underestimated.


  9. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Salford, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Salford part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent members of staff who care about their work

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  10. "Focused on students and treats people well"

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

    I worked at University of Salford full-time

    Pros

    Staff are well treated
    Ideas are heard
    Good culture
    Focused on students

    Cons

    Struggling somewhat to move to a competitive business environment

    Advice to Management

    There is a gap between strategic vision and implementation on the ground