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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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Pros
  • flexible working hours around uni commitments (in 10 reviews)

  • Relaxed working environment, highly skilled colleagues, flexible working arrangements with agreement (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 - work experience, ok pay and good fun"

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

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

    Pros

    In this job you can
    - Gain useful experience for your CV
    - Connect with other university students you might not otherwise meet
    - Network at university events and careers fairs
    - Meet potential students who are usually very nice
    - Only sign up for the shifts that suit you to fit around your studies
    - Potentially be promoted to Senior Ambassador, getting more responsibility and a leadership role
    - Be lead by respectful University full-time employees who make you feel valued

    Cons

    There were not any cons really. Nice, gentle part time job that provided me with extra cash and some useful points to include on my CV. Maybe a little disorganised at times. But that sometimes can't be avoided at busy events.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Increase pay if you can. Try to offer as many opportunities for promotion to Senior Ambassador as possible.


  2. "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.

  3. "A good temporary place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Great job and amazing team"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Great team
    * Interesting work
    * Nice balance work/personal life

    Cons

    None at all


  5. "PhD, a great international experience"

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

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

    Pros

    +very international
    +good campus life style
    +good engineering department
    +had a great supervisor
    +international traveling (US, europe) several times a year
    +free vacation planing makes life more free

    Cons

    +high stress load due to publication pressure, but, as PhD student normal
    +no stress no glory...

    Advice to Management

    Let all supervisor be like my AFM-group one :-)


  6. "Nice place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Support in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Support in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Good employer
    - Nice working environment
    - Interesting colleagues
    - Interesting clients/users
    - Feeling that I am working on things that are important and useful
    - Good pay
    - Excellent holiday and benefits
    - Progressive and sympathetic employer
    - I have good resources and a superb kit (my personal IT kit and the systems I support are modern and well maintained).

    Cons

    Quite honestly I don't have any.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers are less experienced and are new to leadership and perhaps could do with some staff management training.


  7. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Research Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Research Student 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

    Great staffs, many scholarship opportunities, mental health support, gym is great, various research groups and international collaboration

    Cons

    library is small, sometimes it's hard to find a place to sit and study during exam time.

    Advice to Management

    Renew laboratory equipment

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "Easy going University"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Winchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Winchester, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Independently responsible for workload
    Workshops are accessible by staff to use during research time & summer periods
    A satisfactory pay spline increment every year

    Cons

    Sharing of quality teaching and learning is not high on the agenda.
    Departments and staff very independent from one another.
    Some outdated practice still prevalent by older members of staff


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