Plymouth University Employee Reviews about "plymouth"

Updated 26 Aug 2020

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Plymouth University President Wendy Purcell
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34 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great location of campus, flexible working arrangements, coffee shop meetings, good pay and benefits(in 11 reviews)

  • "Flexible work schedule, good pay(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "As a whole, Plymouth is not the most impressive University in terms of academic reputation(in 6 reviews)

  • "The senior management (if you can call them that) are obsessed with ancient and ill throughout processes(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "experiences"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Clinical Trial Assistant (CTA) in London, England

    I worked at Plymouth University full-time

    Pros

    high employment satisfaction in plymouth university

    Cons

    nothing i Felt like as a cons

  2. "Highly adaptive university"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Plymouth, England

    I have been working at Plymouth University part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some real islands of excellence in research at Plymouth.

    Cons

    As a whole, Plymouth is not the most impressive University in terms of academic reputation. It’s location is not ideal.


  3. "Wonderful Experience"

    5.0
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    Former Intern - Researcher in Plymouth, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plymouth University for less than a year

    Pros

    I had very kind colleagues. I've learned a lot thank to the great preparation of the professors. Plymouth is a little town and the mobility is very good

    Cons

    No cons. I fell very lucky

  4. "One of the better places to work in Plymouth"

    4.0
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    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plymouth University for less than a year

    Pros

    Plymouth is really low on quality jobs - the university is definitely one of the best places to work. The pay is okay, it’s better than most admin roles in the area and they have pay spine progression for permanent staff. Good paid sick leave and annual leave. Quite a laid back and friendly environment. Flexible hours are possible and a lot of people work part-time. Some shiny new buildings around and a pleasant working environment. Lots of places to eat on campus and reasonable prices. Discounts using the NUS card.

    Cons

    Management can be poor, perhaps because they are too laid back - depending on where you work, Communication isn’t always great. Hard to find way around the campus, they seem to have got rid of ground floor reception desks and receptionists to save money. Constant restructures. Redundancies. It’s hard to get a job here! Very competitive for permanent administrative roles. A minority of students can be quite rude, working in the library/IT support, some of them are quite entitled and stroppy.

  5. "A very excellent work environment and high respect from the managers."

    5.0
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    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Plymouth, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plymouth University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A very excellent work environment and high respect from the managers. The salary is very reasonable and the working environment is very comfortable and flexible. My personal experience is very excellent for working at the University of Plymouth.

    Cons

    I have not experienced any work-related frustration. I was very comfortable working with the in campus team.

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    "The soul of the city"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Plymouth University full-time

    Pros

    - General work routines are flexible as there are peaks and troughs of activity through the year - Many people doing a great job with a wide variety of expertise across a broad range of subjects - Location is in the city centre, close to the transport links - Easy access to countryside, beaches etc. - Lots of facilities on site.

    Cons

    - Location: Plymouth is a long way from the South East (4-5 hours on a train) - Previous senior management team left the place in a mess leaving systemic and cultural issues that are taking time to fix - A lot of bureaucracy and empire building - Often lack of effective decision making either through inappropriate delegation of power and responsibility or politics - Career progression can prove problematic often with a 'dead mans shoes' approach to expanding individual roles

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    "Plymouth or not?"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Plymouth, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is located in the scenic South West. Being a large university brings some advantages. There are quite extensive support mechanisms for students, the students union is large with good facilities. There are a variety of good performance spaces for performing arts students. The campus is very centrally placed in Plymouth. (Parking is therefore difficult though). The University contributes significantly to the local economy and has good community links. As with all higher education institutions there is some flexibility in working hours particularly for academic staff.

    Cons

    There have been quite serious management issues over the past 8 years or so. Resulting in three different VC's in that period, one of whom had to be sent on 'gardening leave' and then removed from post. This has led to a directionless vacuum in which petty empire building, backstabbing and score settling in the middle to upper management have been rife. This has resulted in a steady stream of very poor management decisions that have had consequences for finances and recruitment across the board. Like many large public institutions Plymouth is in danger of grinding to a standstill under the weight of its own excessive bureaucracy. This far too often leads to a kind of paralysis in which expensive projects are started but never finished. Rather random decisions are often made on matters which cause serious operational disruption only to be reversed in a few years time. Effective decision making and action on important matters is sometimes completely impossible. In recent years workloads for many staff - but in particular academics, have increased exponentially to the point where there is now a serious reality gap between what staff can actually achieve and what they are being asked to do.

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    "Associate lecturing fun but not well paid"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Lecturer 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Plymouth University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Rewarding; fun; good colleagues: freedom over teaching; occasional free lunches; free library use; good central location; transport links are very good.

    Cons

    AL pay is £42 per teaching hour which at first sounds great but in reality it takes 4-8 hours to plan lectures, have to respond to emails from students, and no pay for marking assessments so essentially working for minimum wage (if that). Not just a problem with Plymouth University but the entire higher education system in general.

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  9. "Test Manager"

    3.0
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plymouth University

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions, good location, good leave allowance

    Cons

    Pay and rewards less favorable than others, lack of networking opportunities in Plymouth

  10. "One of the most promising up and coming universities in the world"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Economist At Business School in Plymouth, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity, teaching quality, very high overall standards of living for students and staff- student satisfaction levels have never been so high. Renewable energy management as accredited by the recent Queens funding award making Plymouth one of the Greenest universities in the UK, This University really does run the City.

    Cons

    the resources available to students and staff definitely need more investment- especially sports and catering facilities. Also the library needs improving and expanding to cope with the high levels of demand during peak hours.

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