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Updated 7 July 2018
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Pros
  • "work life balance, was working as a financial advisor to assist student for financial enquires" (in 3 reviews)

  • "International community, good environment and staff benefits" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor treatment of lower graded staff, lack of support from senior management" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Staff members waited weeks and months for responses to what were straight forward requests" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "as a student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Student in Manchester, England

    I have been working at Manchester Metropolitan University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All helps that you need, different facilities and support from academic to professional advice

    Cons

    not all facilities usually work in particular over the crowded period.


  2. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Services Manager
    Former Employee - Services Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Manchester Metropolitan University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The university itself it great, the accademic staff know what they are doing and have excellent relationships with their colleagues and students

    Cons

    The service management team don’t understand education and work on tiny budgets. You can’t get anything done without going though multiple gatekeepers. Management structure is prehistoric and old school institutionalised

    Advice to Management

    Get modern, appreciate the people who work for you, get rid of the gatekeepers.

  3. "Similar issues to a lot of universities I would imagine."

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Manchester Metropolitan University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some lovely colleagues
    Decent infrastructure
    It's asking me to write more Pros but I don't want to.

    Cons

    Departments are run on shoe string budgets (A KPI for efficient management I would imagine)
    Some poor managers (I guess that's everywhere though)
    KPIs rule, whether you're doing a good job or not.
    Tough to progress- a lot of gatekeepers to appease. I've seen good people denied progression for seemingly no reason other than gatekeepers.
    Heavy workloads but demands for world class research
    Big classes with quick assessment turnaround times
    Brexit is going to be brutal on us.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage- you have some good people who know what they are doing. So leave them alone. And enough with the KPIs already.


  4. "Great first impressions."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Manchester Metropolitan University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible approach to work
    All staff are approachable
    Great benefits (holidays and working hours)
    Central location
    Proper pay structure
    Lots of funding available for projects and to create a good working environment.

    Cons

    Set up of my logins and induction felt disorganised initially


  5. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Manchester Metropolitan University full-time

    Pros

    The company is ok to work for

    Cons

    None to name no jone


  6. "Great office, average overall organisation"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Manchester Metropolitan University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good management and office environment

    Cons

    Salary is low in comparison to other universities. Development and advancement opportunities for those who aren't already management are lacking, little long term strategy or vision with employee development.


  7. "Going though changes, research obsessed and ignoring what they're good at"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Manchester Metropolitan University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big organisation, so a lot going on and fairly well organised. The university is trying to move towards a research culture, so staff are graded on research and there is a lot of re-structuring going on for admin and professional services staff. There's lots of opportunity for advancement in certain areas, but teaching staff are increasingly being measured by research so not unless you can perform well there. I work in professional services, where management is rather lacking and people over-worked. They keep losing business development staff because there are no opportunities and nobody cares. Although MMU are best at applied and business areas, they are really not sure where this stands with their new desire to be top of the post 92 universities. Not a bad place, but large workload, which isn't helped by new software systems and not enough admin staff. Generally positive though

    Cons

    HR are terrible though- disorganised and all over the place, if you are going for a job here, or trying to hire anyone, its like pulling teeth

    Advice to Management

    Look after your business development staff, Listen to people ! Or you will keep losing them. Give staff career paths outside research. Academics are only one part of the equation, there are many people working around them to make quality research happen, value them, or you will waste all your resources hiring and re-hiring because nobody stays...

  8. "Academic integrity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Manchester Metropolitan University full-time

    Pros

    If you live in Manchester it is convenient. If you brown nose the right people you can progress. Kiss goodbye to any standards that you have wrt higher education.

    Cons

    Pressures to adjust marks to keep students happy (to help improve University metrics). This pressure comes from PLs and also programme leaders (who frequently lack academic experience). No recognition for trying to drive up student standards.

    Advice to Management

    Remove those in middle management and have a system where staff answer directly to the HoD, not principle lecturers.


  9. "Peer Mentor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Manchester Metropolitan University part-time

    Pros

    Great employability and career opportunities.

    Cons

    Educational Institution Strict Rules and Policy.


  10. "Great place to develop and progress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Manchester Metropolitan University part-time

    Pros

    - Excellent training and guidance offered for various roles and opportunities during my time at MMU
    - Great salary
    - Felt respected and supported amongst my team
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    Cons

    - office politics amongst the senior management team
    - lack of career progression within certain departments/faculties


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