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Edinburgh Napier University Reviews

Updated 18 September 2018
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  1. "A great job"

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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Talented and lively colleagues and students. Tremendous freedom to pursue your own interests.

    Cons

    Teaching is always difficult, exhausting and sometimes frustrating.
    Research is always difficult, exhausting and sometimes frustrating.


  2. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good holidays,

    Cons

    lower pay scale than other universities

  3. "Good"

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

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Build a good network
    Great colleagues
    Nice work environment

    Cons

    Poor organisation and ways with dealing with things
    A lot of unfair activity
    One rule for one person, different rule for another


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Better look elsewhere"

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

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

    Pros

    If you like teaching and do not care about your research profile, this is the place to be

    Cons

    Research is not considered as it should and there is no support. The teaching load is enormous and absorbs almost all your working hours. The promotion system and the allocation of tasks is not transparent. Unskilled line managers who are unable to plan your time and activities.


  5. "researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    great support staff and interesting architechture

    Cons

    smack in the middle of one of the more expensive parts of town (Merchiston)

    Advice to Management

    Keep the canteen as cheep as possible to help your poorer students feed themselves well


  6. Helpful (3)

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

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

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time (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

    Advice to Management

    Provide progression opportunities to staff. Raise morale. Stop recruiting more senior management positions and recruit more lower-grade staff to deal with the increasing workloads. Have fair HR policies which apply to all staff. Improve communication and transparency. Hire managers who have social skills, can take responsibility, have faith in their staff, can delegate, have confidence and make decisions. Improve the environments for staff and student experience to make it seem like more of an education institution. Regrade roles which have higher levels of responsibility and recognize that fact. Move the pay date to the same date every month. Encourage ideas and creativity.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good facility and students let down by poor upper management"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    -Good students who are mostly keen to learn
    -Nice buildings and facilities

    Cons

    -Poor staff morale on account of bad management
    -Roles are ill-defined
    -HR very much on upper management side - not employees

  8. "Administrator Assistant"

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

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity to advance if you work hard

    Cons

    Can be a little boring at times


  9. "Very good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    Very good place to study

    Cons

    Can’t really think of any


  10. "Decent money, but....."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    Decent money for the work, staff are friendly enough

    Cons

    4 x 12 hour shifts, then 4 days off - lot of time. It does bring the wage up, but there isn't much to do

    Advice to Management

    Enter the 21st Century


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