Plymouth University Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated 4 Jun 2020

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Plymouth University President Wendy Purcell
Wendy Purcell
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. "Bullying, HR breaches and more"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Administrative in Plymouth, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The academic staff are really friendly and engaging

    Cons

    Bullying, lies and working practices from the 1980's. If you aren't in the clique you are a done for. Long-standing members of staff are only interested in self-preservation and have zero interest in creating a better learning environment for students. A largely female workforce all of whom have been employed for 15 years or more are extremely ‘bitchy’ and nasty. As a new face, I was never made to feel welcome or comfortable. The senior management (if you can call them that) are obsessed with ancient and ill throughout processes. Most band 6 or above you will never see, they float between site locations and home. I went to HR to report bullying in the workplace from several of my senior colleagues only for HR to leak this information, which lead to my swift resignation. Stay away at all costs!

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  2. "science officer"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Plymouth University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    varied job. Wendy is no longer CEO , get your facts right - can I trust any data from your site?

    Cons

    senior management (too many) and HR (absolutely hopeless)

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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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    "Bad morale and poor leadership"

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    Current Employee - Professional Services in Plymouth, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Plymouth University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    25 days holiday per year, rising to 35 days for those with longer service.

    Cons

    Chronically understaffed and underfunded, with several areas of the university unable to replace staff due to budget cuts. Overtime pay has also recently been drastically cut. Despite this, senior management are spending large amounts on vanity projects, including a multi-million pound re-brand less than five years after the last costly re-brand. As a result, staff morale (both academic and non) is at rock bottom, with many staff looking to leave.

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    "Good place to work and well paid"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well paid jobs compared to others in the region. Nice environment.

    Cons

    Top heavy with grades - higher grades get extra 10 days' leave without having to put extra hours in (they are supposed to but don't). Difficult to be recruited from outside. Many in senior management lack any form of leadership and don't know how to communicate.

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