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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated December 2, 2016
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  • Limited opportunities for career progression outside of your current role (in 3 reviews)

  • Parking spaces are like gold dust (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Its cooperation run by professors not business men"

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Welcoming culture, good resources if you need any thing

    Cons

    Staff, postgrads and students are very unhappy. University of Southampton is a stepping stone, not a destination. The staff supports the university services !!! Its cooperation run by professors to work for accountants that enforcing rules made up by stakeholders driven by money. They lecture but don't teach, and when they lecture they don't care if you understood or not. Upper management can't tell the difference between their bottom and a hole in the ground. Truth is they don't know what they are. They think they are a business but they it is not. They are a bad excuse for a university and its a shadow of what it was.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff !!!


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    "Passive bullying and not fair"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Facilities are good. I particularly like the library. Campus in a relatively student friendly city. Reputed and highly ranked in many subjects

    Cons

    Passive bullying both by boss and my colleagues. I had terrible time with the boss. No set review/appraisal as promised at the time of joining. Don't consider this as an equal opportunity environment

    Advice to Management

    Let there be transparent policy in evaluation and appraisal. Encourage inter-disciplinary research


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good academic staff, poor management and administration"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are good academic staff in the university, although many are leaving because of the horrible management.

    Cons

    The administration act as though the university is there for their benefit, and not for producing research and educating students. Human resources imposes policies on academic hiring that are not appropriate to academic hiring (e.g. not requesting letters of reference until a short list is made). Management, from the rank of associate dean up, is generally full of either people who try to micromanage things without understanding the implications of their policies, or their toadies.

    Advice to Management

    Council should clean house. Rank-and-file employees have completely lost confidence in the upper management. It would be good for morale to actually publicly dismiss the worst of the lot, rather than allowing them to step down. That would restore confidence that someone in charge actually cares about doing things right.


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    "Decent benefits, but poor management"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generous holiday allowance. Campus is nice enough, with relatively easy access to the city centre and surrounding areas by bus, although train connections are a bit more challenging. Also easy access to a variety of Chinese food restaurants nearby.

    Cons

    Administration appears to care little for the impact of their policies on researchers. Little opportunity for early career researchers to distinguish themselves, however, this has been improving as of late. The amount of paperwork, harassment and bureaucracy imposed by health and safety is a significant impediment to performing research. Hired technical staff does not have sufficient background and expertise to perform their jobs at a reasonable standard.

    Advice to Management

    Consider instituting policies to make it clear that all employees are valued by the University. Hiring appropriate support staff and providing conditions that promote creativity instead of imposing impediments to new ideas is crucial for a research orientated university. Being open with staff regarding changes to facilities would promote trust.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Convinced me to leave Southampton"

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southampton as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good engineering facilities when they work. Nice central campus with pretty gardens. Generous vacation allowance. Bus station on campus allowing for easy transportation links to city centre, airport, and London.

    Cons

    Administration does not take ownership of administrative tasks. Line managers are not suitably trained. Work/life balance is poor and is not taken into consideration by management. For early career researchers there is very little chance for future progression.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on strategy and pay more attention to making staff happier.


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