The Open University Reviews

Updated Nov 24, 2021

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Pros
  • "Relaxed work culture and excellent work-life balance(in 16 reviews)

  • "Very friendly and relaxed working environment(in 16 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Senior management are very political(in 13 reviews)

  • "Career progression not always open and fair(in 11 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company to work for

      Nov 8, 2021 - Student Recruitment and Support Advisor 
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      Pros

      Great managers Good pay Great employee benefits

      Cons

      No cons in my opinion.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Fantastic Colleagues

      Nov 24, 2021 - Administrative Assistant 
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      Pros

      Friendly and supportive colleagues. Lots of career opportunities

      Cons

      Pay could be more competitive

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good

      Nov 22, 2021 - Administrative Assistant in London, England
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      Pros

      Supportive, benefits good and pension

      Cons

      Disorganised, focus and vision required

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Not that innovative..

      Nov 17, 2021 - Digital Publications Coordinator in Milton Keynes, England
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      Pros

      Great perks, informed about diversity and culture. Great training.

      Cons

      Lot of job roles need modernising, the processes seem very outdated and not challenging compared to competitors job spec/salary banding. Not really that focused on career development when your on the inside. You hardly talk to anyone higher up then your line manager.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Really good employer

      Oct 30, 2021 - Data Scientist in London, England
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      Pros

      Very good culture, interesting projects as well as altruistic objectives. Very flexible employer. Good work life balance.

      Cons

      No clear progression of some roles. Salary maybe lower than average in some cases.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Uninspiring employer

      Oct 27, 2021 - Student Recruitment Advisor in Altrincham, England
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      Pros

      Quiet offices. Easy parking. Polite staff

      Cons

      Employees are treated like bots. Targets constantly change and are overly rigid.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good

      Oct 20, 2021 - Student Fees Advisor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lovely people to work with

      Cons

      Not many Cons for the OU

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place to work

      Oct 13, 2021 - Research Scientist in Milton Keynes, England
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      Pros

      The Open University is a friendly place to work and there is a lot of interesting research taking place

      Cons

      Academia is not the most secure or well paid

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great employer - super flexible.

      Sep 23, 2021 - Staff Tutor in London, England
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      Pros

      Home working Flexible hours Good salary Feel valued Lots of opportunities e.g. research, teaching etc.

      Cons

      Huge. Processes are not always appropriate for the school Can feel isolated at times Heavy workload at times

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Nice culture with smart people

      Sep 24, 2021 - Research Assistant 
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      Pros

      People will take the time to get to know you and teach you things. People come from diverse backgrounds

      Cons

      Research can be challenging at times especially in STEM. But this is true for any university.

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