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Oxford Brookes University Reviews

Updated 20 October 2017
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  1. "A company with good job prospects and opportunities to progress"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great team environment, where colleagues are only too pleased to help out and make new staff feel welcome.
    Great facilities around campus including restaurants, Starbucks outlets and shops.
    Plenty of opportunities for staff development
    Take a look, even if you don't work in education or for a university
    A lot of investment being made in the estate with new buildings and refurbishment (currently ongoing)

    Cons

    Some processes could be looked at and streamlined, only downside, the University is a large organisation and can be slow to change

    Advice to Management

    Promote Oxford Brookes as a great place to work - because it is!
    Promote commercial agility within the organisation, we need to be more business aware


  2. "Mainly good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good colleagues
    Improving estate and good location

    Cons

    Under resourced administration
    Poor management of change


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Down, down, deeper and down"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Brookes University full-time

    Pros

    Location is good and lots of freedom

    Cons

    The university has seen better days and is now run by a bunch of goofs. HR are useless and have the worst leader you can think of. This uni is full of amateurs and is rudderless.

    Advice to Management

    Time to prioritise the future of the uni. Get rid of the dross who have been there for more that 10 years.


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  5. "Good local employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generally autonomous working arrangements
    Good work/life balance
    Interesting jobs
    Fabulous new buildings

    Cons

    Underperformance not tackled
    Danger of complacency
    Limited direction from the top
    Some unfairness around grading

    Advice to Management

    Be braver about leadership, decision-making, risk-taking and dealing with poor performance. Practice what you preach on equal opportunities.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Work in Oxford, live in Bicester ( if you're lucky)"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer (Business) in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer (Business) in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family friendly
    Lots of perks such as cycle scheme and nursery
    Good students

    Cons

    Open plan offices
    Very difficult to park
    No social life or staff common room
    Complacent attitude towards lack of recent successes
    Lots of slogans, prizes and quizzes but no real sense of ambition
    Top-down and macho management style but little evidence that any of the dross ever get sacked
    HR policies and senior personnel useless

    Advice to Management

    You need to stop worrying about image and polls and league tables and work out where you want to do with the university. Is it a Liberal Arts finishing school for posh English Brexiteers or is it oxford's own MIT?
    I found the HR people particularly unhelpful. They seem obsessed with not being sued and so allow all kinds of misdemeanours to take place. And then there's the IT crowd. Oh dear!
    But you're in a weak position because Oxford is soooooo expensive and the wages and salary scales are the same or lower than those in many other parts of the country so why on earth would anyone want to come to Brookes?


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Think twice my friends"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working practices and friendly atmopsphere

    Cons

    Not so great students.
    Badly designed HR policies
    Fairly mediocre colleagues
    Poor hierarchical structure

    Advice to Management

    Time to rethink the faculties and directorate roles. The pvc/dean roles do not work because none of the deans are sufficiently expert in either their portfolios or the subject that they represent.
    The directorates of corporate affairs and hr are a joke- both with very poor leadership.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "HR Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Brookes University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    No scope for progression. Poor structure.

    Advice to Management

    Review the leadership structure asap.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great department team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent local colleagues, very lucky to have forgiving student of service let downs!

    Cons

    The University is becoming increasingly corporate, so focused on NSS which is crude and too broad ranging. Inventing many many more processes to deal with 'issues' which have been extrapolated rather than evidence; which unnecessarily sap time and take you away from students and other users.

    Advice to Management

    Need to recognize that you're managing relationships, not just courses and dishing out paper. Manage your relationships better and you might see Alumni relations improve quicker!

    Can't take things for granted for ever with so many competitor 'businesses' now out their.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "none"

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    Current Employee - Principal Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Principal Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice students and good coffee

    Cons

    too many to list out - oxford is very expensive to live so should have london premium to salary

    Advice to Management

    time to bring in new Senior Management - no changes in 5 years


  11. "Oxford Brookes Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great working culture, flexible managers, encourages new ideas and is fantastic for progression and training

    Cons

    No cons about the company

    Advice to Management

    non


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