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University of Surrey Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  • Problematic senior management, from the vice-chancellor level down (in 5 reviews)

  • There wasn't much scope for actual career progression (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Professors and lecturers are great, facilities are amazing the campus is green and there is a good community/ services

    Cons

    Guildford as a town is boring, very little to do in terms of going out as a young person (note: Casino is pretty awful) so would not recommend to anyone who likes a more cosmopolitan environment


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Feeelings"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer In Business
    Former Employee - Lecturer In Business

    Pros

    Flexibility of time, some intelligent and forward-thinking colleagues, and good benefits. On top of that you have the possibility to shape you research agenda and travel internationally.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, political, with little support structure. People at the top set their own agenda but seldom ask junior or middle level staff about their opinions. It can also get quite an isolating place to work as there are no group activities. You end up staying in your office alone most of the times.

    Advice to Management

    Try to widen decision making by allowing staff to participate. Organise more social activities that allow staff to interact with each other. For example, research seminar every week.

  3. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Guildford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Surrey (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the best universities in the UK with great teaching

    Cons

    There is not enough feedback given


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - IT Infrastructure PM in Guildford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Infrastructure PM in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Surrey full-time

    Pros

    The work environment, the people, everyone is very helpful and willing to take the time to listen. This is a community where everyone is working together to achieve the same goal.

    Cons

    There is limited parking, on top of that, even if you do pay to park there are also restricted days where you have to park off campus.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a more formal development program for staff


  5. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer

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

    Pros

    Great community of students and colleagues.

    Cons

    Somewhat disconnected senior management team.


  6. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really friendly atmosphere within the team

    Cons

    People seem to get stuck at the bottom


  7. "Alright so far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Supportive environment, not too much time-wasting with excessive paperwork and the like.

    Cons

    It can be a little hard to get things sorted

  8. "Good people, but too much focus on league tables"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Guildford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues, committed researchers and lecturers with a passion for their work. Location close to train station and easy access to both London and Surrey countryside

    Cons

    A focus on league table position and narrow tick box exercises to measure performance have led to low morale and a general feeling that staff are under valued. Particularly dispiriting to see committed, hard working colleagues put in fear of their jobs. Hopefully this will change with the new management

    Advice to Management

    Respect and value your staff. Their creativity and commitment are what make the University. More substance less spin.


  9. "Research associate"

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

    Pros

    Very good infrastructure and ppl to work with. Professors are very active and helpful

    Cons

    No lab access after 5pm

    Advice to Management

    No


  10. "Surrey Space centre"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

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

    Pros

    The international environment is extremely stimulating. There are all sort of research topics in the field of space engineering that you can pursue. Real satellites are built in house

    Cons

    There is little collaboration among the professors of this centre. Everyone focuses on his own academic career but if there joined forces the surrey space centre would be undeniably the leading academic space centre in the world


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