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LSE Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 17 Jul 2019

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Judith Rees
45 Ratings
Pros
  • "relaxed atmosphere- good work life balance(in 16 reviews)

  • "Very flexible working, management are very understanding and great people to be around(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lack of career development, regular high turnover of staff, lack of vision from senior management(in 5 reviews)

  • "Academic staff get priority ( a plus if you are an academic though(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good benefits, poor employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks, although pension is declining, great immediate colleagues. If you have the right line manager good work life balance and flexible working.

    Cons

    No respect for staff or their own employment policies, constant restructures and reorganisations that almost always result in loss of staff, problems with systemic bullying culture. Senior management are clueless in terms of strategy and staff consultations. Staff surveys regularly poor but management seem unable to effect change. Little opportunity for career progression. The school used to be a good employer but...

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    Advice to Management

    Start valuing your staff rather than paying lip service. Listen to them and actually DO something. Talk is cheap and your staff are smart enough to know that. Actually think through reorganisations and have a coherent longer term plan .

    LSE2018-11-08
  2. "Assistant lecturer"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at LSE part-time

      Pros

      Interesting people, work life balance

      Cons

      Salary could have been better

      LSE2018-04-24
    • "Student Helper at Careers Service - friendly part-time work"

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      Former Employee - Student Helper in London, England
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at LSE part-time for less than a year

      Pros

      - Very understanding of work-life balance; always helping to arrange work around studies, using a weekly sign-up system to organise shifts - Paid 10 pounds an hour often for 'easy' work, such as organising queues and crowds, registering attendees, arranging venue furniture, etc. - Evening and weekend shifts available - No minimum amount of work

      Cons

      - Ad hoc working, not to be relied on throughout the years - Even if you sign up for a shift, you may not be allocated to it

      Advice to Management

      There could be more of a rotation system among Student Helpers to ensure those who want to sign up for more shifts can do so, without others working more or less!

      LSE2017-06-22
    • Helpful (1)

      "Good environment, but can be stressful"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at LSE

      Pros

      There are lots of learning and development opportunities. Work-life balance is generally acceptable and the interesting LSE programme guarantees there is always opportunities to learn.

      Cons

      Salaries for professional staff is less than at comparable universities. Departments appear rather thinly stretched at times.

      Advice to Management

      Listen to the employees and students and introduce meaningful measures across the university to address complaints.

      LSE2017-05-09
    • Helpful (1)

      "Good place to work with just a few improvements needed"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at LSE full-time

      Pros

      Great people. Fantastic brand and values. Good work-life balance.

      Cons

      Departments work in silos, which is not helped by senior management. More focus on academic development than on professional services development.

      Advice to Management

      Get the balance right between supporting Academics and Professional Services. More direction needed from top in terms of priorities for professional services departments.

      LSE2017-02-24
    • "Working at LSE"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at LSE

      Pros

      It was an okay place to work. Good work life balance

      Cons

      Casualisation of Academic work. Near zero career prospects for fellows

      LSE2016-09-20
    • "Great place to work"

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      Current Employee - Blog Editor in London, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at LSE part-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Really ambitious organisation & expect the best. Very good work/life balance when working in a professional services department People are generally great.

      Cons

      Work/life balance can go out of the window when working in an academic department which can be quite challenging. That's it

      LSE2016-07-13
    • Helpful (1)

      "Good benefits, training, flexible employee - but limited progression"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at LSE for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Worked at equivalent of a manager level. Excellent access to training & staff development. Flexible working. Good for work-life balance. Excellent benefits - access to private health care, ridiculously long holiday allowance (think was 25 days plus week at xmas & week at Easter ish + bank holidays). Strong leadership at the top.

      Cons

      Mix of some who are v. good and some who have been there a v. long time and just chug to do the bare minimum. Little opportunities to progress/advance if non academic role - so tended to lose more career minded / ambitious.

      Advice to Management

      identify clearer routes for a) recognition and b) progression for non-academic (teaching/research) roles.

      LSE2016-01-17
    • "OK"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

        I have been working at LSE

        Pros

        Intellectually stimulating, good work-life balance

        Cons

        Can be stressful at times

        Advice to Management

        OK

        LSE2015-12-20
      • Helpful (2)

        "Human Resources Divison"

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        Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at LSE for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Work-life Balance, job security, many very nice colleagues

        Cons

        Lack of HR strategy, outdated HR processes, some key staff lacking wider HR experience and resistant to change. Talented colleagues tend to leave.

        Advice to Management

        Make some decisions about the type of organisation you want to be and how it will be run, implement this and then align your approach to HR department and organisation's employee policies to this. Don't be afraid to make tough decisions.

        LSE2015-06-08
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