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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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  • Poor work-life balance as the city is not that interesting and the social networking through university life is not promoted sufficiently (in 3 reviews)

  • Limited opportunities for career progression outside of your current role (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Decent benefits, but poor management"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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


  4. "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 !!!


  5. "Engineering Researcher"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Get to do what you want, a lot of freedom. But I guess it's pretty much the same everywhere in a university. Engineering research in Southampton is very well know so there are quite a few industrial corporations going on, that might be helpful if you are seeking an industry move afterwards.

    Cons

    You are pretty much working on your own, the city isn't the most interesting one in UK. It depends on what your expectations are for a university really.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "I am a 4th year PhD student in the university of Southampton."

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    Current Employee - Research Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    academically strong and well funded engineering department. World class facilities.

    Cons

    not enough feedback given. some professors are better than others.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Working in academia is hard because of bike shedding and penny pinching."

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - 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

    Great research, smart people, vibrant students with a willingness to learn and teach you in return.

    Cons

    Admin. The administration are the slowest, laziest kinds of people. Jobsworths through and through with no idea what the big picture is and intention to figure it out.

    The pointless Bureaucracy that is eating academia from the inside out is in full force in southampton.

    Advice to Management

    Fire HR and Finance.
    Start again and under stand that these support staff need to SUPPORT staff...and SUPPORT students... and not act as a barrier every opportunity they have

  8. Helpful (1)

    "PhD Student in Biological Sciences."

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent access to publications, new building/facilities, close knit department. Decent seminar programmes. A few big names in the department

    Cons

    Poor IT support, lack of working space, cannot access some journals (even some high impact ones), not as much technical support as one would like sometimes. Also the hospital lab facilities are old and in great need of updating.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more support to researchers - things like a dedicated statistician, full access to ALL the important journals, and spend some money on the outdated hospital facilities.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for if you work in one of the offices, not so much in the field"

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Development Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Sales Development Executive in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company culture, good support, great benefits and incentives

    Cons

    Field sales is a lonely job where it's difficult to hit targets. Also the company insists on silly 'steps to the call' to employ in a sales conversation which, in my experience, negatively affected my relationship with my customers.
    Also they preach that experience and movement to different departments is both available and supported, however this was not true

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that field sales employees are well looked after and have more team contact time


  10. Helpful (1)

    "lecturer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southampton (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Research-intensive University, forward-looking leadership, motivated students.

    Cons

    Fundamental values of teaching, scholarship and research deserve a bit more appreciation than entrepreneurialism and short-term impact.

    Advice to Management

    See cons.


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