Edinburgh Napier University Reviews

Updated 30 Jul 2020

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Edinburgh Napier University Principal & Vice-Chancellor Andrea Nolan (no image)
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23 Ratings
  1. "Watch out for ENU - a university on its way to the top"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    KTP Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University

    Pros

    Good staff welfare. The HR department is very supporting. I have not come across a member of the university who is not optimistic about he university.

    Cons

    Getting CoS from the Home Office, for new recruits (like when I was employed) takes ages. It would be good if the university can improve on this.

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  2. "Inspriring"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Student Administrative Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University

    Pros

    Great income; great environment when working directly with students; diverse opportunity; status of name; having been a student, learning the background was inspirational.

    Cons

    Every seconded position I applied for (that was not brought to my direct attention by my line manager) I was unsuccessful in achieving. I believe a system of promotion would have been more indicative of a promoters in people, than having internal positions advertised yet still being ring-fenced for certain individuals - I was prey to this as well..

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  3. "Student"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Organization, Infrastructure, Library, Equipment, Personal development, Help

    Cons

    Lectures, Slides, Material, could be more up to date, more carefull

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  4. "great colleagues"

    4.0
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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.

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  5. "Good salary and environment, staff development and performance appraisals needed"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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  6. "meaningful"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

  7. Helpful (4)

    "Sinking ship"

    2.0
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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. Main student support teams effected by cut backs and having to do two jobs at once - told this was the only option as there was absolutely NO money to rehire but then expanding the marketing team with 9 new positions to an already large team. Preference on 'new blood' i.e. very few opportunities for internal promotion. Dozens of internal staff being turned down for promotion/secondment opportunity/maternity cover etc over someone new from outside the organisation. This often in the case of current staff working up and successfully holding that position for several months but still being snubbed for the permanent job. Staff who have held a permanent position for years having to interview for their own jobs. Management don't work as hard as general staff. Refusing to fire staff even when given true cause in several situations. All of this has lead to a general feeling of a sinking ship. So much so that talented staff who have worked there for years have left. They have done this as there was no choice as there is no possibility of getting anywhere (e.g. development). This is such a strong, widespread feeling it has even cascaded down to the students.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "one of the worst places to work"

    1.0
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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 - there is not enough support for research related activities - management often blackmails employees with "loss of jobs" if... (add here anything you like)

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Focus on Strengths!"

    3.0
    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.

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  10. "academic work"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

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