Edinburgh Napier University Administrator Reviews

Updated 10 Apr 2018

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Edinburgh Napier University Principal & Vice-Chancellor Andrea Nolan (no image)
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Incompetent management"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrator in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible working and international outreach.

    Cons

    Staff work extremely hard to be able to keep up with random management decisions. Most of the staff are motivated only to avoid impacting the students' experience but that's it. Management makes impossible decisions and morale is very low. Money is spent in unnecessary items such as the buildings at the Gyle or the refurbishment of the Craiglockhart reception. Mediocre people are constantly being promoted. There's no career progression for support staff.

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  2. Helpful (6)

    "Worst place I have ever worked and now voted worst University in Scotland"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Lots of in-house training opportunities -Many staff are friendly and offer a supportive environment from peer-to-peer -Staff facilities are good - kitchen, gym, cycle to work schemes, occupational health provider, work stations, stationery and copy/printing facilities, library, staff discounts -Good pension provider and contribution -Many opportunities for staff to feedback -Flexible working hours (flexi-time) -Helpful HR policies in general -Opportunities to volunteer with other departments and events i.e. Open Days and Graduation -Paid monthly -Pay is average -Seasonal social events held for staff at the university, including quizzes, food and drinks -Three campuses which offer a change of scenery -Lots of work cross-over with other departments so get to know many colleagues and how other teams work and operate

    Cons

    -Rare or no career progression opportunities -Work can become monotonous and boring -Ineffective or no decision making on important matters -Communication from management is very poor -Morale is very low -Staff feel undervalued and underappreciated -Academics rely too heavily on Support Staff -High staff turnover, or lots of vacancies due to staff leaving but are not being replaced due to a 'recruitment freeze', but they are quite happy to hire more senior management positions -Very unorganized and unstructured -Not forward thinking or progressive - many staff have been there for years and are just waiting for their pension -Huge responsibilities pushed to lower-grade staff without financial compensation or incentive -Pay does not reflect responsibilities and job description -Discrimination based on job title i.e. 'administrators' cannot benefit from home-working policy -Office locations are in undesirable areas i.e. Sighthill -Feels very corporate and like it's being run like a bad business and not an educational institution -Students are unhappy as are the staff -Nontransparent hiring practices for many management positions -PDR process is ineffective and pointless due to lack of career advancement opportunities -Gossiping and bullying due to low morale and demotivated staff -Too much emphasis placed on line managers - HR do not take any responsibility or offer effective advice -Big micromanagement problem and distrust from managers to employees -Pay date varies every month (last Thursday) -In general, managers have a lack of social skills, don't accept their job responsibilities, lack delegation, get involved in menial matters and micromanage, distrust their employees, do not support their team and cannot/are slow to make decisions and often do not explain their reasoning -Constant restructuring -Lack of coherence in departmental responsibilities

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