De Montfort University Employee Reviews about "blame culture"

Updated 1 Mar 2020

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  1. "Good"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at De Montfort University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Ambitious, Challenging, Global, Local, pension

    Cons

    Blame culture, risk averse, slow,

    De Montfort University Response

    March 4, 2020Team Leader

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear your experience with De Montfort University has been positive and you enjoyed your time working with us!

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed feelings - could be a nice place to work if there was an overhaul in management and the culture"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at De Montfort University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salaries are generally higher than similar jobs in the sector. Flexible working hours, e.g. 9 day fortnight and TOIL. Low turnover of staff (probably due to the higher salary) so there are many lovely people who have worked there for years so know how the university operates. The university campus has a lovely feel to it.

    Cons

    Very big 'favour' culture, where someone needs to like you in order for them to support you in your work, even if it's their job to do so. Performance isn't judged on output and opportunities are offered to those who are more subservient. The workload is high and you can end up taking on a great deal of work because others won't support you. Top down management where you aren't encouraged and can even feel fearful to voice your opinions. Blame culture. Too many meetings, leaving not enough time to do the job.

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  3. Helpful (5)

    "VC2020 Lecturer Post: Avoid at any cost!"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - VC2020 Lecturer in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at De Montfort University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Academic colleagues and adminstrators go the extra mile for students, but never being recognised for this. Descent environment for struggling students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Autonomy, you can spend the entire summer doing whatever you want (most staff don't turn up between May-September), no one knows or cares about research so you can work on whatever you like. This place is great for family planning, if you would like just to turn up for few hours of teaching during term, but if you would like to carry on with you research, you are rather switch institution quickly.

    Cons

    Small city, local university. Not much to do there. Not externally recognised in terms of research, which makes it extra difficult when it comes to winning research grants. Management has pure blame culture which generates a bureaucratic nightmare, everything that can be done to make academics miserable is done. Disgruntled senior academic staff members (most of them don't have PhD's or hold DMU 'PhDs' or from a similarly ranked institution) can make for a toxic environment for both staff members and students. Management are overly focused on 'measuring' success rather than creating conditions that allow staff to deliver imaginative and original education that the students deserve. New staff seem to be under a lot of pressure, older staff coast along without providing any support or mentoring. If you are coming from a Russell Group University, you will loose motivation quickly ! Academic staff retention is terrible, most of VC2020 posts have been vacated 2-3 times in a period of 3 years! If you don't have the right connections inside the University or follow a specific 'agenda', you will be neglected pretty soon, as people aligned to the senior management are rapidly promoted (without a reasonable justification)!

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Big Mess"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at De Montfort University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice academic staff, good service for students

    Cons

    Very chaotic institution with poor senior management; There’s a blame culture within the institution; No opportunity to progress if you are not a friend/relative of a senior manager

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