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The Open University Marketing Manager Reviews

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Marketing Manager

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The Open University Vice-Chancellor Peter Horrocks
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  • Bullying culture, micro-management, not a lot of support and no opportunities for career progression (in 7 reviews)

  • Another point of criticism is the fairly weak involvement of the OU in Milton Keynes (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Large Organisation with lots of opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Scope of opportunities available are endless, great for digital and data potential.

    Cons

    Need a map to navigate! Many areas of the campus which require layers of process, slowing progress down at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the balanced, leading edge skills high, fantastic business - keep it alive in todays digital world!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends

    I worked at The Open University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great set of colleagues. Great support network. Flexibility offered in working patterns. 33 days holiday. Chance to work with a diverse range of talented people.

    Cons

    Limited chances of vertical progression

    Advice to Management

    Implement robust evaluation of performance of employees and provide roadmap for development. Recognise contribution and incentivise where possible


  3. Helpful (6)

    "In danger of a slow death"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great campus, fascilities, holiday and pension. Very diverse and interesting place to work. Study the courses for free.

    Cons

    Absolutely no reward or recognition programme. Appraisals are a pointless and time consuming exercise. A job well done is a job ignored. Sadly the PVC who looks after the Marketing Unit keeps making poor decision after poor decision to the point where Marketing has been run by contractors or interims for 2 years to make a series of ill informed organizational and operational expensive errors. Meanwhile the PVC continues to apply blame everywhere but look at his own accountability of letting this happen on his shift.

    Advice to Management

    Get some more commercially minded professionals that are not interims or contractors and that leverage the existing skills, experience, capabilities and commitment of a dedicated workforce.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Like wading through gold-plated treacle."

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University full-time

    Pros

    excellent benefits, excellent work-life balance, some really nice people

    Cons

    few promotion opportunities, highly political, very challenging environment, slow and bureaucratic, bullying, undermining to employees, consistently uses consultants on hugely inflated day rates, doesn't value internal skills and expertise

    Advice to Management

    The OU is at a make or break point in the context of a significantly declining UK market. It must change its culture and working practices almost completely to allow it to sustain itself in the next few years.