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Updated February 6, 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. "Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Southampton part-time

    Pros

    - They have the best culture and values so one could easily fit in and meet great people to work with.
    - You are always given training and guidance beforehand which is helpful.

    Cons

    There are no downsides I could think of.


  2. "Good place to do your research"

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    Current Contractor - DOCTORAL RESEARCH in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - DOCTORAL RESEARCH in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Southampton as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Good place to do research. If you meet the right supervisor or line manager, you will have fun here.
    2) People are keen and nice in general.
    3) Administration team has been helpful in many occasions.

    Cons

    1) You will meet ego-boosted idiots just like everywhere else.
    2) Not too close to the city centre. Solent has the better location :p
    3) I got impression that older lecturers are VERY responsible toward teaching, not sure about many younger ones. Having pressure (or ego boosting) to publish papers like a factory shouldn't be used as an excuse.


  3. "Seasonal Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Zero hours but work available often if needed

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of


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  5. "Great research university somewhat lacking structure and postgraduate representation"

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    Current Employee - Phd Student Researcher in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Phd Student Researcher in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Russell Group status
    - Research is well-funded and tends to be quite novel
    - Friendly university
    - Highfield campus has a lot going on, and is visually appealing
    - Plenty of societies
    - Some professors/lecturers leaders within their fields
    - University bus service is regular and the routes are quite good

    Cons

    - Faculty organisation is abysmal; communication with students especially dire in Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences
    - Student Union either mis-manage budget or are under-funded
    - Disjointed feeling between satellite campuses
    - Postgraduate students are under represented, although this has gotten better over the past year
    - Clique behaviour and favorutism between staff members is noticeable
    - Supervisors in managerial positions have not necessarily had the correct training, and so subordinates feel disgruntled and poorly managed

    Advice to Management

    The key areas to be addressed are budget management, faculty structure, and postgraduate student (with emphasis on welfare, supervisor training, representation, and career development).


  6. "An exciting 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 part-time

    Pros

    Professional development really encouraged; lots of opportunities to stretch and challenge yourself.

    Cons

    Buildings sometimes not in best condition.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to employees; a thorough induction is essential as the organisation can be daunting to a newcomer.


  7. "Good place to be in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    Friendly Environment, Lots of of opportunities, Lot's of funding floating around and a varaity of topics

    Cons

    Department did not have clear specialty


  8. "Phd Student"

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

    Pros

    Had a good supervisory team, who helped and aided me along the way. I was on the A*STAR attachment programme with two years in Singapore. Though more bureaucratic than studying in the UK, they have fantastic facilities and a lot of talented people.

    Cons

    I had a really great supervisor during my Singapore attachment, and I learnt a lot from him. However, other students had different experiences whereby there was a big disconnect between the UK and Singapore, which was unhelpful in the PhD progression.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that supervisors from the UK and Singapore are really committed to the research of the other party. In some cases they don't know much/anything about the project and it's not even in the area of expertise. There needs to be a quality assurance that the supervisors will give some support.


  9. "PhD student"

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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

    Very flexible working hours depending on supervisor. As long as the research is done you can come and go pretty much as you please.

    Cons

    Limited careers advice unless you seek it out yourself.
    Very 'academic' working environment, quiet office might not be for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Consider students future career prospects more and allow time to develop technical and soft skills.
    I had some problems with my supervisor but these aren't generic to Southampton.


  10. "Research Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Southampton as an intern

    Pros

    Well run research project, great facilities to run the project and get to know more academic people

    Cons

    The workload was not as huge therefore sometimes I was sitting there not knowing what should I do after finishing my week's task


  11. "Happy experience"

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

    Pros

    Supportive and friendly working environment. There are lots of training opportunities for both personal development and career development. The international culture is friendly for the foreign employees.

    Cons

    Generally, it was a positive experience, not much negative for comment. The administration was not efficient sometimes, communication was time-consuming in some circumstances.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the positive points, for example, openness, international, promote talents. Be more efficient in administration and provide more opportunities for employees.



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