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"Solid employer. Great work/life balance doing interesting things."

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at The Open University full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Work on the main campus with 1000s of other people means there's lots of other activities to get involved with, outside of hours and during lunch breaks and things like that. The massive campus population means you can always find someone to socialise with too, if you don't like your immediate departmental colleagues.

It being a large University there are a lot of innovative projects/research taking place, so no doubt you will find yourself doing something you can get passionate about if you're working on the academic side of things. Even outside of academia, the institution is a bit of a world leader when it comes to distance learning, competition is getting stiffer now but this should only compel the OU on further.

I found there was a great emphasis on work-life balance. The University-wide budget is being cut at the moment so you may find yourself laden with a little more work than before, but you should rarely be worked to the teeth.

Decent opportunities for growth and development, sometimes you just gotta ask though. Lateral movement is also often available given the OU's sheer size, and with some quite kind firing policies you should find ample job protection/security.

Great relationships with senior managers in my opinion who were accommodating, willing to help, approachable and supportive.

Beautiful campus and surrounding greenery.

Cons

Little boring sometimes. It's a bureaucratic beast so change can sometimes be slow but this is a key focus for improvement at the moment.

The politics can also get tiresome sometimes, especially at the managerial levels, but this can easily enough be ignored.

Other Employee Reviews for The Open University

  1. "Great organisation but go down hills now…"

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    Current Employee - Business Data Analyst in Milton Keynes, England
    Current Employee - Business Data Analyst in Milton Keynes, England

    I have been working at The Open University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and very friendly colleagues, flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Too slow to adapt change and challenges , therefore it is going down hill now


  2. "view point"

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    Current Intern - MLS in London, England
    Current Intern - MLS in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    keeps you motivated at every step

    Cons

    management is not helping information flow

    Advice to Management

    less processes

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