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Updated Jun 17, 2014

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3.6 16 reviews

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Anne Galbraith

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83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Exciting, Challenging, Rewarding

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI have had a great time at Durham University- the working atmosphere here is great and the people are friendly and talented. The high standards really push you to achieve the most you are capable of.

    ConsSome people may find Durham to be a bit small and can fall into the trap of being stuck in the durham 'bubble'. Make sure to visit some great nearby towns and cities- and its so easy to wander out of the city centre and find beautiful countryside- its important to get some perspective!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked with world class scholars in a world heritage location.

    Postdoctoral (Former Employee) Durham, England

    ProsBeautiful, historical city; world class scholars in my field.

    ConsThe university's administration is disorganized and muddled--very frustrating to have to deal with them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The problem is not the University of Durharm, but the career in academia/astrophysics

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Durham, England

    ProsStrong and productive astronomy group

    ConsNo stability perspectives, very poor possibilities to even extend a post-doc contract. Attitude of individuals to emerge is stronger than work-group in general.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent departments, estates and buildings is terrible

    PhD Student (Current Employee) Durham, England

    ProsI have greatly enjoyed my time in durham, working as a PhD student, the city is pleasant and the academic departments have a well deserved reputation for excellence.

    ConsThe city does not have as much going on as other, larger, cities. But Newcastle is nearby and easy to get to by train. The weather can be changeable, but the summer is very nice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend less on Picasso paintings and more on educating students

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad Administration

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe departments are full of lovely people and most of the staff are truly there to provide a good student experience. Unfortunately this is often stymied by administration. Most of my issues with this company are all to do with administration and nothing to do with what the university is truly here to do. The teaching is fantastic, the hours are good, the community is supportive.

    ConsClass differences are rife, HR rarely processes your paperwork properly--I had emergency tax taken out for months even though I filled out the necessary paperwork *multiple* times. There is no communication between different arms of the administration. Immigration doesn't use the same computer systems as HR so you have to have your documentation checked by two different departments at different times of the year rather than using the same system. If they mess up your pay (which they do more often than they should because of simple clerical errors such as typing the numbers into the wrong column) they won't give you the money until your next paycheck (which is monthly) unless you can prove to them you have a 'dire need' of the money. The university is consistently trying to centralize everything which is a complete nightmare. If a lightbulb needs changing in a college area, it won't get attention for *months* because it all has to go through central estates and buildings. Heating is done on a computer system that at one point got *deleted* from the university's program. The regulations have recently changed so that any university event has to use central catering instead of supporting local businesses in the area and the prices and quality for in-house food are sub-par. Often it seems the university hires individuals into managerial positions in various capacities in administration who do not do their jobs properly or strive to provide for a better experience and yet these individuals are never fired or trained to be better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee cons.

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    Great time work as a teaching assistant and researcher

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) Durham, England

    ProsEnjoyable and peaceful environment for living and doing researching.

    Conssometimes the requested book in the library are online version, it would be better if the students can get a copy of it or paper book for reading.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep offering opportunities for people in University and graduated from Durham University.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Excellent experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat city and great university.

    ConsSometimes like living in a bubble.

     

    Good place to work with some bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBeautiful city located in the North of England.

    ConsBit isolated, and although Newcastle is near, it's still a bit too far.

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    Ambitious theoretically but limited by budget and management

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Durham, England

    ProsGood area of the country for work/life balance
    Modern campus

    ConsOld boys club is prevalent in committees and promotion/recruitment schemes
    Slightly delusional management team who are far too proud of their modest achievements
    Too many senior staff not willing to lecture leaving junior staff overwhelmed with teaching committments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFoster young talent rather than recruiting "senior staff" looking for a final pay-day.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Durham, England

    ProsGood working environment, student centred environment. Building work currently taking place to modernise large sections of the campus, which improves the environment.

    ConsLots of building work currently taking place, which leads to disruption of various parts of the campus and makes moving around difficult at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is good that the environment is being improved, which will enhance the student experience. More parking spaces would be good.

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