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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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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. "Excellent scientific research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    Cutting-edge laser lab and cleanroom facilities
    Networking
    Graduate training

    Cons

    In some cases PhD supervisors are not assessed on a regular basis by the graduate school

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with and support of PhD students


  2. "PhD student gives mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work on what you desire. Facilities are state of the art and there is support for almost every problem.

    Cons

    Long hours, academic environment vastly different to industry.

  3. "Fundraising calling in Alumni relations team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Southampton part-time

    Pros

    Find out a lot about alumni and their experiences

    Cons

    Hard work, low pay, not enjoyable


  4. "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southampton part-time

    Pros

    Fun and rewarding role, inspiring future students

    Cons

    The job can get repetitive


  5. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    High quality research. Average living expenses to be in the South of England.

    Cons

    The downside is that lately money is short.


  6. "A good temporary place"

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

    The University offers state of the art facilities for both experimentation and computations. The location is good.

    Cons

    Most of the colleagues around you have little or no ambitions to improve things, and do better just because it is part of our job to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Be able to acknowledge the accomplishments of everyone and not just the usual suspects. A bit of close society.


  7. "Lovely team and great flexibility"

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

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

    Pros

    Easy to fit around studies, very good fun as well as being useful for developing a number of key skills in event management and communication. So enjoyable it hardly feels like work.

    Cons

    Prior to some of the larger events they require you to attend "training" sessions - often unpaid - which are usually just the event organiser showing a powerpoint which could have easily been e-mailed to the student ambassadors. They waste time and are of little use.

  8. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Southampton part-time

    Pros

    Great time meeting different people, Flexible, Good pay, Looks good on CV

    Cons

    Takes time to find some work at times, Competitive at times


  9. "Engineering PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The campus is great and constantly evolving. The research facility for my PhD was world-class. My colleagues were knowledgeable and thriving for the best research.

    Cons

    Some oddities on campus such as food prices that are higher than outside of campus. Sometimes the administration can be tedious but in general every problem is solved in reasonable time. The city of Southampton is not great although it is experiencing a lot of change for the better.

    Advice to Management

    Working conditions need to be prioritized over outreach. Southampton uni cannot accommodate as many students as it thinks it can in the current environment.


  10. "a good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    - good atmosphere, dynamic environment, helpful people - but this is down to certain people, not the organisation as such

    Cons

    - too much corporational stuff everywhere, too much central planning, but probably there are necessary for companies of that size


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