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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated November 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexible and supportive of part time or flexible working requests" (in 15 reviews)

  • "I personally experienced a great work life balance and brilliant support from my direct managers" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor training for new starters, difficult to progress" (in 4 reviews)

  • "not good career progression, god type is mundane" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work and nice colleagues around

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive


  2. "Good for a part time job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southampton part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours whilst you are studying at uni

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic, shifts allocated on first come first served basis

  3. "Easy work, easy money"

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    Former Employee - Ambassador in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Ambassador in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    working with people, Easy hours, very flexible can fit it around classes

    Cons

    Sometimes there is not enough information about what you are doing and you need to figure out a lot by yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Just a little bit more organised


  4. "Collaboratoin manager"

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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 Southampton full-time

    Pros

    flexible working, autonomy and good holiday

    Cons

    public sector mentality, ambiguous


  5. "Highly dependant on department and direct management"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I personally experienced a great work life balance and brilliant support from my direct managers.
    The general work environment is a pleasure and for the most part everyone works together.

    Cons

    Career progression in academia is extremely competitive and the success/failure of a single project can significantly affect your prospects
    The support infrastructure is abhorrent. Legal, travel, expenses, IT are all a hindrance and most of the time it feels like it takes more effort than handling it myself.

    Advice to Management

    fix the centralised support departments.


  6. "Technician in academia"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working available, although dependent on line management/department

    Cons

    Lack of job security/funding. Some unsociable hours.


  7. "Research Fellow"

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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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Good communication with the project manager

    Cons

    Low salary (for a PhD Level)
    Not enough professional interaction with other researchers
    Continuity of the job depends on the available projects
    Less attention is given to research staff (compared with teaching staff)

    Advice to Management

    Create professional/social events within the Business School, especially among teaching oriented and research-oriented staff.

  8. "Working environment"

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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 to work. Had good support from colleagues. The senior staffs were very friendly and were encouraging to learn new things.

    Cons

    Sometimes long working hours required depending on the lab work, but it is solely to do with the lab work which sometimes cannot be done later and had to be completed.


  9. "UI developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    As I worked a part-time job, a manager allowed me to spend a time according to my schedule. So, I could manage my time with free for a study and a preparing other job interviews.

    Cons

    I suppose It's not easy to get a work permit unless you apply a researcher position for the University.


  10. "Great opportunities at 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

    The best university to work with

    Cons

    very competitive as a lot of other candidates


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