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Aston University Reviews

Updated 6 September 2017
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  • Virtually no advancement opportunties for support staff (in 4 reviews)

  • This is in contrast to academics, who have a procedure in place for promotion (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aston University full-time

    Pros

    Good university, great teaching and great experience.

    Cons

    Can be a bit boring sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to make the uni fun.


  2. "Laboratory Intern Review Summer 2016"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aston University full-time

    Pros

    Very relaxed, Can work on own projects, really is what you make of it.

    Cons

    No real structure, too relaxed, no challenge presented.

    Advice to Management

    needs more structure


  3. "pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aston University full-time

    Pros

    career development opportunities if you know how the system works

    Cons

    work place politics is thrife

    Advice to Management

    you are not gods.


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  5. "Enjoyable Work"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aston University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teaching and explaining to university students how to apply their knowledge to questions, providing them with helpful tips and watching their continuous and incredible progression is very satisfying.
    Gives good experience in teaching and presenting to groups.
    Students are usually very friendly and appreciative.

    Cons

    Students do expect a lot more help than you are contracted to give, it is difficult to say no, or time consuming to say yes.
    Depends on the lecturer you are helping. You don't get paid for preparation time,so unless the lecturer gives you very good and useful material, preparation can be time consuming.

    Advice to Management

    The university, the students and me all expect and require Teaching Assistants to do tutorial preparation for the best results. Therefore I think preparation time should be paid.


  6. "Aston Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aston University part-time

    Pros

    Very flexible hours and good pay.

    Cons

    Very few jobs available on a monthly basis, therefore you may be unable to work as frequently as you desire.


  7. "Best company"

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

    Pros

    Very friendly, good benefits, love it

    Cons

    None! Great company to work for.


  8. "Friendly place to work but hard to progress"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England

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

    Pros

    Small campus, generally a nice place to work within reach of Birmingham city centre, made lots of friends.

    Cons

    Virtually no advancement opportunties for support staff. Lack of fair promotion system means that those who can curry favour with senior management tend to get promoted above the best people for the job. This is in contrast to academics, who have a procedure in place for promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Let's talk about job satisfaction instead of avoiding the issue.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Appalling place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aston University full-time

    Pros

    Many good people working here especially at more junior levels, close to Birmingham city centre and transport links, diverse student population, campus is being renovated, new vice chancellor has an opportunity to replace appalling senior and executive managers

    Cons

    Politicised environment, much conflict and bickering, staff are overworked and under-resourced, too much emphasis on research funding when it's really a teaching university, culture of bullying by senior management and executives, finance and legal departments are a mess and extremely poorly led

    Advice to Management

    End the bullying, start respecting people, stop thinking of yourselves as high and mighty


  10. "as good as it could be"

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    Former Employee - Cleaning Operative in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Cleaning Operative in Birmingham, England

    I worked at Aston University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Kind colleagues, living wage salary, understanding managers, and I'm going to waffle until the 20 word minimum is up now.

    Cons

    antisocial hours, some staff easier to get along with than others, broken facilities, but nothing out of the ordinary for your standard estates and capital developments job.

    Advice to Management

    fix your equipment, hire more staff or increase hours, almost ever member of staff will inevitably work overtime for all the tasks required properly, if they are not cutting corners in their hurry to leave.


  11. "principal head chef"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    none really senior management looks out for themselves

    Cons

    lack of opportunity long hrs

    Advice to Management

    no direction


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