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Updated 17 June 2018
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Pros
  • "Great company benefits such as pension scheme, flexible working hours" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Good teaching facilities, good research, based close to city centre" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Virtually no advancement opportunties for support staff" (in 4 reviews)

  • "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" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aston University full-time

    Pros

    good salary
    culturally diverse staff
    freedom to work

    Cons

    rainy weather, all the time ...
    small campus


  2. "Research Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aston University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good salary, and old friendly Birmingham laying about.

    Cons

    Quite old labs downstairs in North wing, but now seems they refurbish them.

  3. "Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aston University full-time

    Pros

    Great campus with lots of amenities

    Cons

    Building work never ending


  4. "Space Planner"

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

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

    Pros

    No two days are the same
    Creative and fast paced
    Interactive
    Dealing with different aspects from AutoCAD plans to micro- project management

    Cons

    Stressfull when it comes closer to deadlines
    Negotiation when not necessary over final minor details
    Frustrating when lots of changes are being decided last minute


  5. "Student Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Aston University part-time

    Pros

    Good pay, well organised shifts

    Cons

    Small university, limited number of shifts


  6. "Marie Curie Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Marie Curie Fellow in Aston, West Midlands, West Midlands, England
    Current Employee - Marie Curie Fellow in Aston, West Midlands, West Midlands, England

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

    Pros

    The salary is high for a fresh Phd. The main reason is I like to do research in an university

    Cons

    The university is in the city center.


  7. "Not the bottom"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aston University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are easy to work with
    students are average
    support staff are very helpful although overworked
    individual offices
    accessible location

    Cons

    student/staff ratio is high
    students are lazy
    management wants to pacify students for good ratings
    ratings and rankings are prioritised over learning and research
    workload is unbalanced with arbitrary overlapping deadlines

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aston University full-time

    Pros

    - Caring culture with sound underlying values (right from the top)
    - Does some really great work on widening participation and encouraging first generation students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Great value-added by the institution compared to others.
    - The size of the organisation is such that it is possible to get a good oversight right across the business in a middle management role
    - Perks are good - generous holiday allowance (30 days) plus closed days on top (Easter, bank holidays & Christmas close down), generous pension, nursery salary sacrifice, city centre car parking available, cheap gym
    - Development and opportunities for promotion are available if you work hard

    Cons

    - The caring culture can mean sometimes things can be a bit 'softly softly'. It could do with being more hard nosed and professional.
    - Organisational priorities could be clearer. There is a view that they are trying to do everything.
    - The organisation could do with being more responsive to new initiatives and innovations. It is ultimately there to deliver for students. That is sometimes forgotten.
    - Standards and expectations across departments can be inconsistent, which may lead to resentment. Underperformance also need to be tackled more decisively.
    - Pay and reward should be more consistent across the institution and the process needs to be more transparent.
    - Campus looks a little tired with development continuing at rather a slow pace
    - The main building lifts are painful!

    Advice to Management

    Act as a collective unit for the benefit of the institution and the student population as a whole, not simply for your own local stakeholders.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aston University part-time

    Pros

    friendly, professional, insightful, great experience

    Cons

    Not that many events to work


  10. "Fun Job"

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    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England

    I have been working at Aston University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, easy job. Good to gain skills.

    Cons

    Can be disorganised at times.


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