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University of Warwick Coventry Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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Coventry, England (UK)

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University of Warwick Vice-Chancellor and President Nigel Thrift
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Pros
  • Pleasant working environment, campus & Amenities (in 9 reviews)

  • Friendly colleagues who are very committed, regular employment and work/life balance is good (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Continuous senior management pay rises (in 5 reviews)

  • Very low pay compared to full time employment (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Very great studying experience
    Perfect campus envirnment
    Great conventor

    Cons

    security problem
    short time for master only one year
    fee is expensive

    Advice to Management

    Better to protect studnets


  2. "Different to most universities, with benefits and cons."

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    Current Employee - Postgraduate Researcher in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postgraduate Researcher in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent facilties and funding, and different departments are generally very collaborative and happy to share resources.

    There is space for the university to expand unlike many other city based universities. The place is a continual construction site.

    Cons

    Very business oriented and it can feel more like a business park at times. Sometimes its hard to differentiate between the campus and JLR's facilities here.

    Advice to Management

    Divert funding away from vanity projects and focus on hiring more people. Facilities are generally excellent but there are not enough people to use them efficiently. The university undertakes a lot of activities that are of very limited value, rather than focussing on education and academic research.

  3. "Good employer but the HR dept."

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting collaborative projects with high profile industrial companies. High reputation.

    Cons

    HR complicates every single thing, they do terrible same mistakes many times even for the same employee. Lack of appreciation. No parity within the same team. Admin in general do not listen or correct their mistakes. The employee is always terribly loses money, promotion, time and nerves.

    Advice to Management

    Put yourself in an employee place then see would you accept what would happen to you!


  4. "Big administration so pros and cons"

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

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

    Pros

    Big on Equality and Diversity
    Plenty of opportunity to move around within the administration
    Concerted efforts to have two-way vertical communication

    Cons

    Slow to make strategic decisions unless "shiny new idea" from the top
    Training & Development limited to waiting-listed management courses that come too late for first-time managers, not enough practical/technical management training (although plenty of softer skills)

    Advice to Management

    Give your first-time line managers more support


  5. Helpful (1)

    "wmg suffering from growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coventry, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Warwick (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Nice people through out
    * Some modern buildings
    * Easy access to campus facilities

    Cons

    * (WMG) Poor management and growing fast

    Advice to Management

    (for WMG)

    * Listen to your staff better
    * Double check which of the management individuals are / still consistently failing (which one do you expect to painfully under deliver?)
    * Double check the productivity / happiness with teams who are having a high staff turnover


  6. "A growing University"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student (Fully Funded) in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student (Fully Funded) in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supervisors are usually very friendly and available.
    Teaching can be done in every department and can be well paid.
    Relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Travel budget is limited to 1500gbp.
    Students live in Leamington Spa or Coventry and both locations are not stimulating in terms of cultural activities.


  7. "Good employer, good pay, reasonable job security"

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    Former Employee - User Support ICT & AV in Coventry, England (UK)
    Former Employee - User Support ICT & AV in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pleasant working environment, campus & Amenities. Budget for training. If scope increases then resource usually does too. Good pay relative to role and reasonable pension too. Clear company strategy communicated well.

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunity as people 'stay' in position. High average length of service and little churn. Parking on site can be limited as new buildings swallow up parking capacity. Gaining employment there can be difficult as permanent roles often only advertised once they have someone in mind. Temp & temp to perm opportunity is there via Unitemps recruitment.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and value them, they're a valuable resource as the general calibre and attitude of staff is good. Minor point in a small number of cases, there is a tendency to assume someone must be passive-agressive when you're are not listening.

  8. "Clinical Lecturer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Lecturer in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Lecturer in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment and colleagues; supportive research carer development; Wide areas of of research and teaching opportunities.

    Cons

    Not located near enough to an interesting city; Living in Coventry; Lack of good food/canteen

    Advice to Management

    Helpful management although cost cutting measures have reduced numbers to support research, leaving much to the researcher.


  9. "Had a great time and great teaching"

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    Current Employee - Student in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Warwick is one of the leading unis in the country so quite prestigious. The teaching staff are very good too.

    Cons

    The social life is good but not as good as other unis. It's still what you make of it though so I have a great time.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Positive culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Warwick as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very positive culture. Vice Chancellor approachable and encourages openness across the organisation.

    Cons

    Nothing to comment in this section.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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