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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated February 1, 2018
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  • Poor training for new starters, difficult to progress (in 4 reviews)

  • not good career progression, god type is mundane (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "A great organisation where staff feel safe and valued but very difficult to progress"

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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 Southampton full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A great place to learn and develop. Great benefits. Staff feel quite safe and well looked after.

    Cons

    Difficult to progress in your career. No many opportunities available and strong competition

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for staff to move forward in their careers. Reduce bureaucracy and value experience and dedication. Appraisal system should be used for more than just to tick a box e.g. identify good performance and remunerate them accordingly.


  2. "Incredible environment"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work hard, play hard, work harder. The community at Southampton Uni is amazing

    Cons

    Not as famous as other institutions even though the research is world leading

    Advice to Management

    Let the academics do their thing and keep admin to a minimum

  3. "Research at Southampton"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good lab facilities, good environment

    Cons

    Poor encouragement of job progression


  4. "Working with University of Southampton"

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

    I have been working at University of Southampton part-time

    Pros

    Good rate of pay and support

    Cons

    Very long time to process payment

    Advice to Management

    Organise properly getting paid


  5. "Engineering Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Southampton part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    + Great Support from Admission Tutors
    + Comprehensive brief on layout of the day
    + Friendly Environment
    + Reimbursed on Travel Costs

    Cons

    - Confusion in pay difference between Open Day roles (Student Ambassador and basic helper)


  6. "Lab demonstrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton part-time

    Pros

    paid me every months
    good colleague
    good facillity

    Cons

    no job progression
    laid back culture


  7. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work at

    Cons

    No cons that I experienced

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Very good"

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Southampton (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a very good place to work in

    Cons

    There are no cons period

    Advice to Management

    Noting


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Professor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Southampton part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Historically a university with high UK standing

    Cons

    Endless reorganisations
    Pointless bean counting and regulatory procedures
    Top management obsessed with external performance indicators
    Increasing student numbers without forward planning
    Blaming teaching staff when they are not responsible for teaching rooms or timetabling or student union inadequacies
    Low staff morale because of all above

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff, not buildings.


  10. "Research Fellow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    Great research opportunities and excellent colleagues

    Cons

    Low job security & poor pay


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