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Updated 15 November 2018
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  • "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)

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  1. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "Good job for students"

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

    Pros

    In uni, flexible, easy job

    Cons

    Not challenging, kind of boring at times.


  7. "dssa"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aston University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very friendly enthronement and good reputation

    Cons

    strict timeline and too much work

    Advice to Management

    be friendly and be nice to everyone

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good opportunities to progress here

    Cons

    Campus / main building is a little tired


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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