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Updated 24 March 2019
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  • "Good teaching facilities, good research, based close to city centre" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Good place, friendly staff and colleagues, excellent understanding manager" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to gain experience, not to earn money"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Researcher in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, no pressure.

    Cons

    Small financial compensation. Suffice to cover living expenses though.


  2. "Depends on who your line manager is"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aston University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent reputation for students

    Cons

    Some management needs to learn the meaning of empathy

  3. "International Projects and Business Development Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - International Projects and Business Development Manager in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - International Projects and Business Development Manager in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team culture and environment
    Internal training and professional development
    Facilities and support departments
    In-house events (Conferences / Fairs)
    Work/life balance with possibility to work from home and/or flex-hours

    Cons

    The number of in-house progression can be limited for Managerial positions.
    Average pay is slightly under the national average for Higher Education.

    Advice to Management

    To pro-actively research and source internal and external training to develop staff professionally and personally,


  4. "Decision-making by management is extremely poor"

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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

    Pros

    Many friendly colleagues to work with

    Cons

    Management positions make very poor decisions that significantly demotivate staff
    Student welfare is not a priority


  5. "Great 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

    Friendly staff for most part
    Good salary
    Great learning opportunities

    Cons

    Upper management can throw tantrums and can embrace the my way or highway approach

    Advice to Management

    Understand what you want from your direct reports.


  6. "Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aston University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Supportive Team
    -Good working environment
    -Managers are easy to get to

    Cons

    -Had issues with payroll scheme


  7. "Strong leadership but lack ethical practice by some exec members"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    community atmosphere amongst staff due to its small/med size. location. constant refurbishment/renovation to modernise.

    Cons

    abuse of power by some leadership members considered untouchable due to their position. lack integrity and expense fraud is prevalent by senior leadership team. HR are illiterate so don't expect them to know what they are doing. instead read the policies as they don't comply with their own protocols. little-to-no staff development. extortionate canteen prices. high staff turnover in some depts yet not noticed by exec board. cause for concern.

    Advice to Management

    look into expenses by PVCs. you might find abuse is common and long term may save a fair few bob by removing the abusers of the system. scrap HR and start afresh. reward the little people more.

  8. "What you make of it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Room to make improvements if you're hungry for it

    Cons

    Set in their ways which is frustrating if you don't challenge status quo constructively and effectively

    Advice to Management

    champion changemakers


  9. "Research fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Birmingham, England

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

    Pros

    Good environment, nice lab facilities and well-known research centre in photonics

    Cons

    mostly contractual, short to medium term contract

    Advice to Management

    Integration into academia can be increased


  10. "Rewarding Role"

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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

    Working within a university that champions the Widening Participation (WP) programme gives me a great sense of job satisfaction, as I am in touch with students who may not have traditionally attended university, but who bring a new outlook and fresh ideas and challenges to my role. My team are like my close friends, and the overall feeling of being a part of the Aston University family leaves me feeling very secure. The campus is beautiful, and the training and opportunities for self-development are in abundance.

    Cons

    The HR/Payroll services at Aston could be much improved - I frequently have experienced problems regarding pay or taxation, that are a result of procedures not being followed. I think the internal customer service could also be changed up, so that I am not made to feel cheeky for asking for an advance payment when my pay is short a considerable amount.

    Advice to Management

    The university's good reputation precedes it, and as a former Aston student myself, I am immensely proud of the steps Aston is taking to make university a viable pathway for more young people. One thing I would say is to invest perhaps more in the Payroll/HR areas so that we can all have a better experience in this essential part of being an Aston employee.