University of Leeds
3.5 of 5 20 reviews
www.leeds.ac.uk Leeds, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

University of Leeds Reviews

Updated Mar 24, 2014
University of Leeds – Leeds – “University of Leeds”

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3.5 20 reviews

                             

100% Approve of the CEO

University of Leeds Vice Chancellor Michael Arthur

Michael Arthur

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87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Fantastic!

Summer Intern (Former Employee)
Leeds, England

I worked at University of Leeds as an intern for less than a year

ProsI was given excellent guidance, and was given task outlines perfectly. There was no shortage of work to do, though it was open ended, so I was given the freedom to expand on the projects as I wanted.

Very good 1 on 1 contact with supervisors of project.
Worked alongside many great PhD students who were friendly.

ConsSometimes it was too much of a quiet environment, but this was easily remedied, as I was free to move to any workspace that was on offer.

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

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Pleasant and rewarding

Student Ambassador (Former Employee)
Leeds, England

I worked at University of Leeds part-time for less than a year

ProsA friendly community and pays well

ConsNo cons come to mind

Advice to Senior ManagementYou are doing a great job, keep it up and don't become complacent

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

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university of Leeds PhD researcher

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I worked at University of Leeds

Prosexcellent location, laid back environment, ability to direct your own research, big push on research publication / conference travel / work in progress decimation. stipend is not too shoddy either.

Consthere are very few cons to speak of, campus life can be a little expensive, as can property rental in the city. Parking is non existent

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

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Great place to work

Cleaner (Current Employee)
Leeds, England

I have been working at University of Leeds full-time for more than a year

Pros- Sense of community is good

Cons- Low pay
- Can be long hours

Advice to Senior Management- Less levels

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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PhD researcher at the University.

PhD Researcher (Current Employee)
Leeds, England

I have been working at University of Leeds full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe University of Leeds offers an enjoyable environment and easy access to its staff in a great variety of department and competencies.

ConsLack of communication and information within staff. It can be difficult to get in touch with the person that one needs to talk to for a particular problem due to the lack of information given to researchers on the current staff, and who to contact.

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

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Decent working environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Leeds, England

I worked at University of Leeds full-time for more than a year

ProsFor many people the university is typical of many stable academic institutions and will offer its non-academic staff a pleasant working environment, ample holidays and plenty of interesting activities when off-the-clock. All in all, the university treats its staff reasonably and most people seem happy.

ConsRemuneration is definitely on the low side compared to working in the private sector, but this is typical of most universities. Only found out I had been 'opted out' of the pension a good while after the fact, without ever having been consulted. I was furious about this. Sometimes it can be tricky to get things to happen, especially with IT. Persistence and knowing where someone's office is can help when it gets too much!

Advice to Senior ManagementLook into why some people have been 'opted out' of the pension system involuntarily. It would seem to be a serious breach of the rules.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I have been working at University of Leeds

ProsGreat team that supports you if you make an effort.

ConsSometimes you have to constantly rework your schedule.

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Research technician

Research Technician (Former Employee)
Leeds, England

I worked at University of Leeds full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood environment, Informal, Academic, Nice place to work

ConsNot much prospects of career development

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ups and downs

Project Officer (Current Employee)
Leeds, England

I have been working at University of Leeds full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood holidays
Good atmosphere on campus
Some very nice scenery and interesting buildings
Interest in the environment, ethical practices (Student Union)

ConsVery hierarchical
Support staff not given opportunity to develop or progress
Bullying and unfair treatment quite rife

Advice to Senior ManagementWe are all cogs that make this wheel work. Treat people on all levels with equal respect and dignity

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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If you like to get things done, this is not the place for you

Lecturer (Current Employee)
Leeds, England

I have been working at University of Leeds

ProsVery flexible re. work balance. Lectures are not really expected to be there at their offices other than when teaching. If they can find some conference or research project, then they can actually live hundreds of miles away and show up once a month.

ConsClogged by paperwork. This is not an innovative or creative place. This is a bureaucracy. Everything done in here is about making sure the Uni is not sued. Staff are afraid of students and students show little interest in staff. Research is about publications, not about knowledge.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a vision that is inspirational. More publications, more students and survival is not a vision. It is a cop out.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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