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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated August 7, 2018
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Pros
  • "Excellent Pension, leave, work life balance" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Flexible and supportive of part time or flexible working requests" (in 12 reviews)

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

  • "Poor job Security, few opportunities to advance within the University" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "a university with no commitment to training ?!"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent friendly and capable team
    Flexible and supportive of part time or flexible working requests
    Excellent holiday allowance and closure days Christmas and Easter
    Lovely green campus

    Cons

    Training is non existent.
    Jobs don’t tend to challenge - potential restricted by management and archaic culture
    Lack of investment in staff facilities and estate (offices not hoovered, dirty/shared workstations, no kitchenettes or staff areas)
    Doesn’t allow trailblazers or competent people to shake things up
    Academic culture - can be very patronising and offensive

    Advice to Management

    Most of the management are senior academics, not management professionals. This should be reconsidered. Good academics do not necessarily make good or effective business leaders
    Please invest more in training - it’s a university!!


  2. "Inclusive"

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

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

    Pros

    Very inclusive University for staff and students

    Cons

    Relocation scheme only available for managerial positions

  3. "Need better management"

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

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    Research and academically strong, small community

    Cons

    Not very happy with overall Mangament

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more motivated


  4. Helpful (1)

    "iSolutions ESM Management - Dishonest and Untrustworthy"

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    Former Employee - ESM Network Team Leader in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - ESM Network Team Leader in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ESMNetwork and ESMTelephony engineers competent and professional

    Cons

    Management unprofessional and incompetent use fear to control employees

    Advice to Management

    Need to root out and dismiss unprofessional, incompetent and dishonest managers within ESM team.


  5. "PhD Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent working environment, relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not very satisfactory payment. Needed more support from my supervisor.


  6. "Good university"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    very good facility and environment at Boldrewood campus.
    shared new towing tank with Lloyds.

    Cons

    Don't get to see much outside of your lab and your computer


  7. "Internship on a Research Project"

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

    Pros

    Flexible working times, relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Not enough information on submitting timesheet, they ended up not paying me for 1 months work

  8. "good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    good environment, good facilities, flexible work time,

    Cons

    difficult for traveling if you are a PhD student


  9. "PhD student"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible time managing and good balance work/life.

    Cons

    There are not disadvantage other than making sure you accomplish with specific deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Finding the ideal research supervisor is difficult, you need to learn how to manage your own project.


  10. "Fantastic place to work"

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

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    Inspiring colleges, good infrastructure, very research active.

    Cons

    Sometimes its just time to move on


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