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Updated Oct 9, 2019

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3.8
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The Open University CEO Peter Horrocks
Peter Horrocks
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  1. "Inspiring and 4 more words"

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    Current Employee - Part Time Lecturer in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexibility- deciding own hours and adding another word too

    Cons

    work descends in chunks - famine or feast

    Advice to Management

    treat all staff equally even ALs

    The Open University2019-06-17
  2. "part time employment"

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    Former Employee - Advisor in Milton Keynes, England
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    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Open University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some great people to work with

    Cons

    Management can be a bit hectic.

    The Open University2019-09-26
  3. "Good pay for easy work"

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    Current Employee - Student Recruitment Advisor in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, good facilities, good training

    Cons

    Repetitive work, expensive food choices

    The Open University2019-09-19
  4. "Interesting place to work but lack of staff development"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Open University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, beautiful venue

    Cons

    Lack of direction, no staff development

    The Open University2019-10-01
  5. "Peculiar style of teaching that will suit some more than others"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Milton Keynes, England
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working, option to frequently work from home, team work, opportunity to do outreach and produce audio-visual materials

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, low independence in teaching, unpredictable workload

    The Open University2019-09-28
  6. "Engineering Role with Little Academic Promise"

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    Former Employee - Project Officer in Milton Keynes, England
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    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Open University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice working environment, beautifully kept campus and good on-site cafeteria. Staff members very human and caring. The company has a great mission for enabling social mobility via giving people access to remote learning. Good industry links for space science. Generally a nice place to work.

    Cons

    Some senior members of research staff not held to account for bullying. Poor workload balancing. Too many projects on one individual. Project work stymies professional development perhaps to the detriment of skills retention.

    The Open University2019-09-11
  7. "Amazing place to work for with great opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Student Recruitment Advisor in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Comfortable, supportive place to work for. - Amazing perks such as free study, discounts and access to a great community. - Great progression opportunity - Good feedback and support - Good communication

    Cons

    - A large organisation that can be very 'by the book' - Varying shifts between 8am to 8pm

    Advice to Management

    - Keep going the way things are, maybe more team building could be good but not much to say here.

    The Open University2019-08-30
  8. "Great place to work - there are few places like it left"

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    Current Employee - Broadcast Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Holiday Staff Work-life balance Facilities Staff training and development

    Cons

    The organisation is extremely slow to change/react to market to external factors

    The Open University2019-08-22
  9. "Good Job"

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Milton Keynes, England
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Open University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very nice area to work in, everyone is within this role/ office is very nice and the office has a laid back vibe. You are required to meet certain targets but they are within reason. Its good place to work if you wish to progress yourself within the company.

    Cons

    The job does get repetitive and you may get bored depending on your work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    N/a

    The Open University2019-08-06
  10. "Great place to work, great social mission"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Milton Keynes, England

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

    Pros

    Large organisation, so lots of different roles and opportunities, good staff development opportunities, beautiful site

    Cons

    Large organisation, so some of the bureaucratic challenges that go with that.

    The Open University2019-07-31
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