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Edinburgh Napier University Reviews

Updated 4 Jul 2019

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  1. "great colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I think staff here are pretty wonderful. Very collegial atmosphere and people listen to each other.

    Cons

    It's not a well-funded research university, so the pressure is on to get funding.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the difference between a strategic plan and a wish list!

    Edinburgh Napier University2017-01-29
  2. "Good salary and environment, staff development and performance appraisals needed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    Is a good environment in general with nice and friendly staff in the main. Good rates of pay for work done.

    Cons

    Some staff definitely have an easy set up with no drive for improvement and increased commitment. More career enhancements for high performing staff and talent within organisation Some of the support services poor and can be improved Senior management need to be visible and demonstrating improved results

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making the student experience the best, focus on bringing new staff into organisation to deliver change and improve results across key performance indicators

    Edinburgh Napier University2017-02-08
  3. "meaningful"

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    Current Employee - School of Computing Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University

    Pros

    great to be in a supportive environment where sharing knowledge is the currency.

    Cons

    no staff room, in School of Computing

    Edinburgh Napier University2017-01-24
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Student and Academic Services in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The staff are generally hard working and passionate about their jobs. However not letting your colleagues down was the only reason to carry on working in such poor conditions.

    Cons

    Reactive instead of proactive. Decisions made without thought of consequence. Restructures done without staff consultation. Money wasted in some areas i.e. cut backs on staff, development, jobs, Money wasted in other areas such as refurbishing the reception area in one building four times in the space of four years. Not hiring replacement staff and expecting people to do two jobs at once without support or incentive....

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    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff

    Edinburgh Napier University2017-01-28
  5. Helpful (1)

    "one of the worst places to work"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    + flexible working hours + not real pressure for almost anything as long as some "rules" are followed. For instance, it doesn't matter if your teaching material suck as long as you fill in a two hours lecture and the students are kept happy. + good salaries + if you are lazy who pretends to work hard, this is the place to be

    Cons

    - student satisfaction metrics can compromise quality of teaching. - too much office politics. If you don't get along with people who make decisions you are screwed. - nobody wants to be helpful even if this is their job, e.g. line managers. However, they are happily the first to point at someone if something goes wrong. - a few people only care about research - there is a lot of discrimination against several groups...

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    Advice to Management

    - don't be afraid to make changes, many line managers are useless and not needed. - micromanaging is also not effective. - spend more on research rather than teaching and the rankings will also go up - there are several people who do a lot of work and others don't. There should be fairness in distribution of responsibilities. - if you really plan to fire people in the future, make it clear. Having line managers...

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    Edinburgh Napier University2017-02-14
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Focus on Strengths!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

      Pros

      Student satisfaction is extremely important. Offers a good work/ life balance with flexible working hours. Excellent pension scheme with employer contributions circa 19.4%.

      Cons

      Although there are a lot of talented staff and colleagues at the University, the drive to turn the University into a Research intensive one is not proving successful, and impacts heavily upon staff morale with a negative affect on the culture.

      Advice to Management

      Focus on the University strengths and don't try to make it something it isn't.

      Edinburgh Napier University2016-10-24
    • "academic work"

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      Former Employee - Network Security in Edinburgh, Scotland
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook

      I worked at Edinburgh Napier University for more than 3 years

      Pros

      specialist work in field quite good

      Cons

      not very well organised from admin

      Advice to Management

      needs to stop trying to pick up fees

      Edinburgh Napier University2016-09-02
    • "Mixed prospects"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook

      I worked at Edinburgh Napier University for more than a year

      Pros

      Good work-life balance and holiday allowance. Generally good facilities overall across the various campus sites. Departments, facilities and support services are generally well-funded and contemporary. Salaries increase annually within the progression system up to the maximum for the role's salary range, and staff with the university for more than 5 years get extra annual leave entitlement. The university offers a...

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      Cons

      The university has a very siloed setup, with poor communication between departments and groups. Political shenanigans and chicanery abound (though this is common in the public sector and not unique to ENU). Morale & motivation seems to generally be an issue. Senior management seem to separate the needs of academic staff & students from priorities of support staff a lot of the time. Project work crops up on a regular...

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      Advice to Management

      Drop the overly-complicated nonsense for internal development plans and focus on the roles of staff and how they can progress & develop, then encourage them to use the new skills and knowledge they gain to make the university a better place. Take steps to shift the culture away from the workaday clockwatching and towards improving the university as a working environment for everyone. Stop trying to push corporate...

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      Edinburgh Napier University2016-08-24
    • "ENU Student Ambassador review"

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      Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Edinburgh, Scotland
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University for more than a year

      Pros

      Best student pay and wide range of responsibilities available!

      Cons

      None really! Apart from some roles that are not particularly interesting, but it depends on what projects you take on!

      Edinburgh Napier University2016-07-10
    • "parking a real problem"

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      Former Employee - Research Fellow 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook

      I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Friendly staff and a great location (merchiston campus)

      Cons

      the "building work" seemed to never end

      Advice to Management

      Don't let standards drop in the cafeteria

      Edinburgh Napier University2016-03-16
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