De Montfort University Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated 10 Apr 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Positive place to work with great people"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at De Montfort University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and fast moving dynamic employer for public sector

    Cons

    Endless merry-go-round of senior management means alot of uncertainty at times and changes of direction, with alot of politics

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Vile place, would not recommend"

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

    I worked at De Montfort University full-time

    Pros

    - Chucked in at the deep end so tend to learn a lot very quickly - External perception of the university promises good things

    Cons

    - SIP is a cesspool of egocentric, incompetent individuals who are hired and promoted to senior management with no consideration for skill set, ability to manage or aptitude whereas those with genuine experience and passion are oppressed/not recognised - Staff take advantage of budgets where convenient for their own personal gain i.e. holidays abroad, expenses, entertainment - Sexist, misogynistic and racist behaviour accepted and endorsed by senior level staff - HR completely incompetent - from contractual processes to dealing with personnel issues, they cannot function at all. Obsolete department who pay lip service to those in charge in order to prevent actually having to deal with the problems at hand - Staff dismissed or threatened for ridiculous reasons centred around gossip and hearsay


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Clueless senior staff"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good holiday entitlement and staff benefits.

    Cons

    Senior management like to shift the blame to anyone else for their mistakes and poor decision making. Absolutely no thought to students when planning projects; just cost saving. VC Shellard seems to pay himself a ridiculous wage and claims an unfeasible amount in expenses. He also creates high paid jobs for his friends and family.

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  4. Helpful (5)

    "VC2020 Lecturer Post: Avoid at any cost!"

    1.0
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    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)!

  5. Helpful (3)

    "Big Mess"

    1.0
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    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

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ambitious but under resourced post-1992"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at De Montfort University full-time

    Pros

    Overall, an aspirational university with ambitious senior management that reflects well the profile of its student population. Good location in central Leicester, with a campus that is increasingly consolidated around a pleasant public space. Good people in most departments, and a convivial atmosphere between departments and across the infamous academic/professional staff divide. Generally good employment terms and conditions, although limited support for when things go wrong other than outside contractors who are supposed to telephone support.

    Cons

    A very technocratic institution, run by senior management who appear to understand more about metrics that education. The performance of every part of the University is measured against apparently arbitrary metrics, which can rarely be interrogated for suitability. University-wide initiatives are announced with great fanfare, and then imposed on staff without much warning or resource. Big projects (like 'Universal Design for Learning') are implemented with a great explosion of publicity, but without much planning or critical thought. While headline marketing is good (free or subsidised international trips for students, etc) the resource behind these is very limited, and inevitably these add significantly to individual and team workloads. There have been several rounds of voluntary severance, and as a result a lot of good people with extensive experience have been left. Initiatives to recruit new Lecturers (VC2020) and Early Career Academic Fellows (ECAF) has undermined quality of teaching, as these individuals are generally less experienced. Administrative and professional services have been greatly reduced over time, and University is moving to a "self service" style of online administration of finance etc. As with many projects, this appears to be driven by investment in new software and systems, which take time to be adopted and understood. Very broad academic ability of students recruited. Limited central support students who required mental and physical support during their studies. Campus regeneration is outwardly very appealing, but on closer inspection many new and refurbished buildings have been done on the cheap. Shortage of useable teaching spaces at key pinch points.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to begin my career but... it has some downfalls"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at De Montfort University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great management (my direct management anyway) Money was Well paid for my first role Flexibility Progression Range of work Support of their students

    Cons

    Hours can be long (8:30-5:15) Pressure from senior management was intense and no mistakes were allowed. Human error happens and you need to learn and crack on - we need to understand and learn, not beat down on those who make normal HUMAN errors. Everyone did their best. Due to this is was an unhappy place to work sometimes. Management could have changed by now.

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  8. "Style over substance"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at De Montfort University full-time

    Pros

    Pleasant working environment Challenging workloads Great holidays

    Cons

    Senior management are far too removed from the rank and file

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "IT"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good holidays entitlement and benefits. Some departments and favourites of management get free training. Close to city centre.

    Cons

    IT department has a bullying culture with senior management turning a blind eye High turnover of senior management that are more corporate oriented than understanding student needs Only pays lip service to people with mental illness' HR department clueless. Senior management obsessed with processes and bureaucracy to keep themselves busy.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful people, shaky management"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the most hard-working and creative people I have ever met, good solidarity Good horizontal opportunities Good staff development Good pay

    Cons

    Bad senior management decisions High turnover Bad holiday allowance

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