Robert Gordon University Reviews

Updated 23 Apr 2020

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Robert Gordon University Principal & Vice-Chancellor Ferdinand von Prondzynski
Ferdinand von Prondzynski
16 Ratings
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  • "At RGU, unfortunately, neither is valued at all by senior management(in 3 reviews)

  • "Modules, superficiality of some lecturers(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Love my job"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Career Consultant in Aberdeen, Scotland

    I have been working at Robert Gordon University full-time

    Pros

    Have worked almost twenty years at RGU and love my role supporting students and graduates.

    Cons

    Not enough hours in the day during busy term-times sometimes.

  2. "Amazing uni"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Aberdeen, Scotland

    I worked at Robert Gordon University full-time

    Pros

    Tech, labs, buildings, support, staff

    Cons

    Modules, superficiality of some lecturers.

  3. "Rubbish"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Lecturer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is written "university" on the gate - but that it. In more than 10 years of higher education around the world, I have never seen so low. A pathetic workplace where the untold mission is to give away degree to the weakest. If you have ever dream to work in a kindgarden, you will have the joy to "teach" toddler adults.

    Cons

    There are too many to be listed, but be ready to endure the pain to work there - and above all - the pain to work with their below-the-bar and incompetent local staff.

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  4. "Good conditions, limited scope of work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Customer Support Supervisor in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and flexible working conditions

    Cons

    Limited scope for increasing responsibilities; a number of team members under utilised and willing to do more, but get nothing.

  5. "A jumped up polytechnic with delusions of grandeur"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Gordon University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salary was once pretty decent but the rest of the sector caught up. Lovely riverside campus, but it's a shame nobody thought about how usable the buildings would be. A convenient bus stop.

    Cons

    This is a university that has never shaken off the mindset of a further education college. I have never worked in a more distrustful, suspicious environment. There's almost no delegated authority, no independence of action, and barely any control over your own schedule. Want to work from home? You better hope you have an indulgent line manager or you're prepared to fight your corner under customs and practice legislation. Fancy putting in for a small, convenient pool of research money? Prepare for it to go through several levels of pointless middle management and paperwork. Student got a complaint about how you teach? Change how you teach. No, it doesn't matter if the complaint is groundless or the student is feckless. Your job is to slavishly serve the NSS and the student liaison committee. Do you enjoy deep work? I hope you can do it in an open plan office because that shaves a few percentage points of cost per head off the university's bottom line. Oh, open plan offices have been shown to be poison for knowledge work? Where do you think you work, a university? Boy, do I have news for you. This is an institution that simply does not trust its lecturers to be lecturers. Nobody gets a permanent lectureship in higher education these days without putting in long, long hours of work. They're in it for the love of the job, not because of the management of the university. They're not RGU people that do what they do. They're people that do what they do that just so happen to have the misfortune of working at RGU until they can escape. All your panopticon, constant micromanagement nonsense does is put them off doing anything because it's never worth the hassle. When I was there, we lost about thirty people in the department in five years. I have never known a rate of attrition so severe. And do you know what I was asked when I resigned? Absolutely nothing. No, 'Hey, why can't we keep staff?'. There is a crippling morale problem in RGU and nobody cares enough to ask 'what can we do to fix it?' Avoid like it's a plague that's infected with another, more virulent plague.

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  6. "Good benefits and support from staff."

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Robert Gordon University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good university with good benefits and competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Hierachies can be a bit of an issues when you are trying to express new ideas.

  7. "Good training"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Graduate Student 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Robert Gordon University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great school for learning, and a good study environment.

    Cons

    Nothing that i can think of.

  8. "Good starting point"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer 

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

    Pros

    Interesting environment and great location.

    Cons

    Issues with management and leadership; the university is focusing more on teaching than research or training provision.

  9. "Great"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Commercial Officer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Gordon University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good employee benefits such as pension and holiday allowance. Staff are very friendly.

    Cons

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great job but shocking management"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Education Liaison Officer in Aberdeen, Scotland

    I worked at Robert Gordon University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Best bits - working with colleagues at other universities. Most schools in university were a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Phenomenally demanding senior management. Unrealistic expectations. They had no idea what they were doing half the time. High staff turnover in this department.

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