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University of Southampton Southampton Reviews

Updated October 12, 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)

  • There is no free parking spaces around the campus which is kind of hard during the winter times (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Good research team and environment"

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    Former Intern - Research Summer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Research Summer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Southampton as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment and nice colleague and chill environment.

    Cons

    A bit boring, sometimes you don't have many things to do and no free coffee and other free stuff


  2. "PhD studies at the Optoelectronics Research Centre."

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD 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 research facilities in the Optoelectronics research centre. Very competitive tax free stipends for UK students. Good opportunities for paid teaching and demonstrating to supplement stipend.

    Cons

    Fixed annual stipend, they increased to £18-21k over course of study without change for me.

  3. "General Assistant with Residences via Tempbank (now UniWorkforce)"

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    Former Employee - General Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - General Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Southampton (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really, genuinely pleasant atmosphere

    With exception to specific times of year (around intake for example), hours are consistent with very few late finishes

    Cons

    On occasion, some degree of confusion around a task due to hearing different things from diffferent people, although this is often addressed quickly

    Advice to Management

    Try to streamline the process by which jobs are handed to GAs


  4. "Good University with possibility of Improvement"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, good balance between private life and work

    Cons

    Connection between research group is not so strong


  5. "phd at uni of southampton"

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Southampton, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    the environment is good. staffs are very helpful and supervisors are very supportive

    Cons

    I dont think there are any cons

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice to the management


  6. "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.


  7. "On the road to improvement?"

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

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

    Pros

    Lovely people, very creative and stimulating environment. Beautiful estate at Highfield.

    Cons

    Too many restructures and new ideas that don't bed in.
    Better career prospects, jobs and pay reward for academics than the professional services.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a structure/direction and stick with it! Make better use of existing internal talent.

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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 :-)


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