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The Open University Administrative Assistant Reviews

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Pros
  • I found there was a great emphasis on work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Excellent IT systems to enable work from home (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Bullying culture, micro-management, not a lot of support and no opportunities for career progression (in 7 reviews)

  • Sometimes people in Milton Keynes make stupid decisions but that happens anywhere (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Assessment Handling Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milton Keynes, England
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a distance learning; staff are friendly, and it is well recognised worldwide

    Cons

    This is the best place to work,


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I really loved The Open University before I worked for the company."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milton Keynes, England
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milton Keynes, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Open University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Holiday is generous and the company will support you financially to study towards an open degree.

    Cons

    Bullying culture, micro-management, not a lot of support and no opportunities for career progression. I worked very hard for four years and my performance always rated highly but my manager often shouted at me in front of the office, belittled me and humiliated me. My manager offered to apply for a re-grading for my role and then kept "forgetting" about it (over a year). I became ill and management was unkind and unsympathetic and forced me out of my role. This may have been specific to my small department but there wasn't anyone I felt I was able to talk to about it in the company at the time.

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff better.