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Updated March 22, 2017
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Southampton, England (UK)

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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. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good environment to develop teaching skill

    Cons

    Nothing to mention. Plenty of opportunities.


  2. "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.


  3. "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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  5. "Experiences may vary, but this is mine..."

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    Current Employee - Academic Staff in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Academic Staff 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

    In our team, we have autonomy to work as we see best, and this includes planning and delivering work to students. Great colleagues, it's actually fun to come to work each day!

    Cons

    Lack of clear management in some areas where it's needed. Also, things tend to happen quite slowly, but that's rather common in public sector in the UK.

    Advice to Management

    Have the courage and knowledge to lead your team wisely, set clear objectives and reward people who work hard. This includes realistic pay rises and career progression opportunities.


  6. "The University is going through major changes"

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    Current Employee - Country Development Manager in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Country Development Manager in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Challenging and rewarding job, supportive managers. Positive 10-year plan under the new VC.

    Cons

    The University is going through major changes under the new VC so it is rather unsettling environment at the moment.


  7. "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.


  8. "Student"

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

    Pros

    The staff are alright. Southampton is not a very bad place to live in but you can get bored easily.
    If you prefer a quiet life then Southampton is for you. The UNiversity itself is prestigious and one of the top Universities in the country.

    Cons

    They need to put more effort into managign funds when it comes to student projects especially in engineering.
    Students should be encouraged to participate in moe technical projects.

    Advice to Management

    Try to concentrate on your strengths and improve the Engineering faculty. The rankings of the University have been falling over the past couple of years.


  9. "Valued employee at a world-class institution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vibrant campus setting; 30 days annual leave + bank holidays + 6 additional closure days; good emphasis on work-life balance; USS pension; opportunities to work in different professional departments; sabbatical leave possibilities; competent management; affordable accommodation in a lively city

    Cons

    Vice-Chancellor's pay increases disproportionately; offices can be crowded; not situated conveniently for either of Southampton's stations

    Advice to Management

    Review functions regularly to ensure efficiency


  10. "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).


  11. "A good place for a short rime career"

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

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are good fun to work with

    Cons

    Management are not very interested in their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Take more interest in your staff



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