The Open University Reviews

Updated 1 Mar 2021

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The Open University Vice-Chancellor Peter Horrocks
Peter Horrocks
83 Ratings
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  1. "Truely open to people, places and ideas"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director 

    I have been working at The Open University full-time

    Pros

    looks after staff, great working conditions

    Cons

    can be slow to make decisions involving crucial change

  2. "Academic services"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Manager 

    I have been working at The Open University part-time

    Pros

    Very friendly and supportive environment to work

    Cons

    Contract is fixed term and may not be reviewed


  3. COVID-19

    "Great employer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good pension generous annual leave

    Cons

    Saturday shift, before the pandemic Sometimes they micromanage

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  4. "Great benefits"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great maternity benefits and holiday Beautiful offices

    Cons

    Difficult to get decisions made Internal politics

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  5. "Very good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 

    I have been working at The Open University full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good working environment

    Cons

    Not a typical university and systems are very behind. Always a lot of paperwork and extra work

  6. "Great"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Professor in Milton Keynes, England

    I have been working at The Open University full-time

    Pros

    Great and very good employer.

    Cons

    Shame they closed the cellar bar

  7. "Great"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University full-time

    Pros

    a great place to build a career

    Cons

    nothing much to think of

  8. "Welcoming"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Open University full-time

    Pros

    A real sense of flexibilty

    Cons

    Plenty of training and protocol which can seem unnecessary at times

  9. "A great employer to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Lecturer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, support given, opportunities to develop

    Cons

    Pay is not high, permanent roles are rare

  10. "Fantastic place to work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Careers Consultant in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Open University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent staff, supportive environment, opportunities to develop

    Cons

    Most work based online - need to adapt to this environment

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