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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated May 17, 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. "Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow
    Current Employee - Research Fellow

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

    Pros

    Good global University with international opportunities.

    Cons

    Campus outside the city and current employment policies.


  2. "Working at University of Southampton"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    The campus is really nice. Really friendly environment. One of the best unis in UK.

    Cons

    I dont have any cons to add

  3. "University of Southampton"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Pension, leave, work life balance

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and slow to make changes or to take risks

    Advice to Management

    Provide your employees with greater flexibility to be the best within their area of expertise.


  4. "Pre-Sessional Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Independent Learning Facilitator in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Independent Learning Facilitator in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Motivated, friendly students to work with
    Well-paid

    Cons

    Poor management
    Had to follow provided course materials; no room for flexibility

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to feedback


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Maternity discrimination & overpaid unprofessionals"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, opportunities to meet interesting people (students), rewarding job

    Cons

    Maternity discrimination, bullying, nepotism, unprofessional colleagues

    Advice to Management

    Stop bad mouthing each other in front of staff. Very unprofessional. Learn how to manage people. Stop hiring your friends and family.


  6. "Working as a Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southampton part-time

    Pros

    A great way to earn money flexibly while studying. Also good CV experience with progression opportunities to Senior Ambassador.

    Cons

    Ugly t-shirts... And lowish hourly pay. Better than minimum wage though.


  7. "Slow but beneficial."

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    Former Employee - Financial Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Financial Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exactly the sort of job I wanted at the time. Was very quick to sort out paperwork to get me in and working. I had the opportunity to extend my contract if I wanted to.
    Amazing, friendly people.
    Very intellectual and ambitious colleagues.

    Cons

    Hesitant to change.
    Slow to enact processes.
    Negative attitudes always expressed first.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those who have ambitious ideas.
    Instead of setting meetings to act on something make sure that actions are taken sooner rather than later.

  8. "Worst place to do research (Web Science Institute)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The weather.
    The university has a good reputation.

    Cons

    Hidden agendas everywhere.
    Way too much proposal writing where you are not included as a co-investigator.
    Collaborations non existant.

    Advice to Management

    Dissolve web science instute. High salaries for people that have no reason to be in academia. Focus on quality research and hire some project managers.


  9. "Working in a developer team for 4 years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    great atmosphere, great people to work with, flexible working

    Cons

    little development opportunities, no appraisal system


  10. "Working with ECS"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Great Place to learn and collaborate
    - Good exposure especially interaction with people from different regions of the world.

    Cons

    - nothing negative as such


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