LSE Employee Reviews about "academic staff"

Updated 30 May 2018

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  • "Can be very on-and-off in terms of the workload when it is part time(in 9 reviews)

  • "Little opportunity for career progression(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great employer"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Administrator in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at LSE for less than a year

    Pros

    Recognised name Friendly work environment Decent pay Standard hours Opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    The only issue is that working on a contract-basis, benefits are limited for non-academic staff of the university.

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  2. "Been working here for 8 years and it’s flown by so I must be having fun."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Finance in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LSE full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Family friendly and flexible working depending on your manager. 33 holidays plus bank holidays. Good pension scheme. Season ticket loan. Plenty of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Penny wise pound foolish with support staff. Salaries should be higher for professional service staff. Academic staff get priority ( a plus if you are an academic though!)

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    "LSE punches above its weight"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Holborn, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LSE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1) Salary seems to be well above average 2) The reputation is useful for academics -- people pay attention to the LSE brand

    Cons

    1) LSE has long-running issues with equity, diversity, and inclusion. For example, the LSE does not have an Athena Swan award. It has also failed to both attract and keep BME professors. 2) Academic staff are rarely on campus unless they are teaching, which contributes to... 3) LSE has some of the worst teaching scores in the country. The fact that this was a surprise to management is very distressing. 4) The IT department feels too small for an organisation of this size. Overall, I feel like the LSE feels like it deserves more respect and reputation than it's earned.

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    "Great place to work?"

    3.0
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    Academic Department 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LSE

    Pros

    World Class Institution. Great central London location. Decent Salary. Get your meet a variety of esteemed academics and great international students. Generous annual leave.

    Cons

    Depending on what your function is LSE can be a great or awful place to work. Academic staff are 'looked after' Professional Services staff within academic departments are not. No career progression. Discretionary increments are far and few between unless your face fits! Departments are given free reign to employ whoever they wish, often bypassing HR. Workloads are heavy, mistakes unforgiven. Long hours, no overtime paid (well a day off in lieu) Office accommodation in some buildings on campus are a disgrace. Tatty furniture and depressing decor. Staff appreciation (Christmas parties and end of Summer events) TRAGIC as not all staff can attend....names in a ballot! Would I recommend working here? Not for too long, not if you want rewards or appreciation. Pay is good, but if similar skills and expectations were for a corporate role, you'd expect at least an additional £10k per annum. HR at LSE are appalling, out of touch and extremely disorganised. Just terrible. Over the years LSE has become more business like and is focused on targets, be that student intake or world recognition. No longer a warm, engaging community.

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    "Structural misogyny"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at LSE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Talented colleagues, well remunerated, generous holiday, excellent benefits package. A fine academic legacy.

    Cons

    Female non-academic staff (i.e. managerial posts) are too often treated like secretaries, despite frequently having equivalent qualifications to academic staff. Female heads of department and professional staff asked to make tea, photocopy, powder the nose of a speaker. Male research assistants too often seemed to be given preferential treatment over female ones and allowed to progress quicker. All-male panels common. Poor transparency of decision making. Favoured academics allowed to run their own fiefdoms bypassing HR and equal opportunities policies. Unpaid overtime expected (including all nighters, weekends) and not even thanked. Impossible deadlines routinely given & staff set up to fail. Organisation VERY SLOW to pay freelancers which could be embarrassing.

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