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Edinburgh Napier University Reviews

Updated Sep 12, 2019

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  1. "Gym Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Gym Instructor in Sighthill, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Countless opportunities to learn and grow as an employee. In connection with this, the management team would always put time aside to aid with any internal issues.

    Cons

    Issues with budgeting would result in certain areas not been given enough attention. However, this was always addressed and also a common issue for many large scale universities.

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    Edinburgh Napier University2019-01-08
  2. Helpful (1)

    "All change; but none for the better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Holiday entitlement and sick-pay benefits

    Cons

    Management turnstile constantly revolving therefore no clear direction. No career progression or training of relevance to role. A bureaucratic meritocracy where hard work goes unrewarded and creativity and talent largely is ignored.

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    Edinburgh Napier University2019-02-04
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    Colleagues were generally nice and tried to give students a good experience despite bad management decisions.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, a change of principle lead to a general bad approach to university leadership and planning with even good ideas turning bad as they were then badly implemented. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in higher positions they really should not be in, but promotion is often whether you are liked by the management higher up or not. As an example, a voluntary redundancy which was supposed to target a few staff and would have worked if targeted at the top and middle heavy grades, turned into more lower end administration and lecturers leaving, halving the administration team in my area, while keeping the same amount of managers. At least one of those managers should have been let go for not being able to actually manage, but the management team should have been halved too. And this is the major problem, they have the same amount of managers and a now much bigger HR, with less, lower grade staff to manage. Management is top heavy and too wide, but to cope with this they generally got rid of staff at the lower end. It does not take a genius to work out that less staff can do less work and the lower grades do more work than higher grades - ie you could employ roughly 2 grade 3s (admin) for the same as a grade 5(lowest management grade), but the 2 grade 3s would be able to do 2 times the amount of work. It gets worse the higher grade you keep. So they have a lower staffing numbers, but the costs for this amount of staff have not lowered by a large amount. This has not changed since I left and staffing levels are still not correct and hurting the performance of this university All this has lead to the university crashing in the league tables, but as usual, higher management is taking the high pay and denying responsibility.

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    Edinburgh Napier University2018-12-17
  4. "good place to work"

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    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

    Edinburgh Napier University2018-09-18
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for 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

    Edinburgh Napier University2018-09-05
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Better look elsewhere"

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

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for 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.

    Edinburgh Napier University2018-08-12
  7. "researcher"

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    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)

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    Edinburgh Napier University2018-04-14
  8. Helpful (5)

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

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    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

    Edinburgh Napier University2018-02-25
  9. Helpful (6)

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

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    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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    Edinburgh Napier University2018-04-10
  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great job"

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

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for 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.

    Edinburgh Napier University2018-02-16
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