The Open University Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Feb 9, 2020

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

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

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  • "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

      Overall positive

      Feb 9, 2020 - PhD Student 
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      Pros

      Relaxed work culture and excellent work-life balance

      Cons

      Departments are too fractured at times.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Great company

      Sep 23, 2019 - Research Assistant in Milton Keynes, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good work environment great work/life balance good communication

      Cons

      career progression is quite slow

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work - there are few places like it left

      Aug 22, 2019 - Broadcast Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England
      Recommend
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      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

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    4. 3.0
      Current Contractor

      Lead Developer

      Apr 9, 2019 - Anonymous Contractor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work life balance and deep knowledge in software development

      Cons

      Improvisation on legacy systems. Employee benifits

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      OU

      Apr 15, 2018 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work life balance is great

      Cons

      current uncertainty about the OU future

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      The Open University

      Jan 24, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great company to work, the work-life balance is excellent.

      Cons

      At the moment I can`t see any

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Solid employer. Great work/life balance doing interesting things.

      Sep 29, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England
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      Pros

      Work on the main campus with 1000s of other people means there's lots of other activities to get involved with, outside of hours and during lunch breaks and things like that. The massive campus population means you can always find someone to socialise with too, if you don't like your immediate departmental colleagues. It being a large University there are a lot of innovative projects/research taking place, so no doubt you will find yourself doing something you can get passionate about if you're working on the academic side of things. Even outside of academia, the institution is a bit of a world leader when it comes to distance learning, competition is getting stiffer now but this should only compel the OU on further. I found there was a great emphasis on work-life balance. The University-wide budget is being cut at the moment so you may find yourself laden with a little more work than before, but you should rarely be worked to the teeth. Decent opportunities for growth and development, sometimes you just gotta ask though. Lateral movement is also often available given the OU's sheer size, and with some quite kind firing policies you should find ample job protection/security. Great relationships with senior managers in my opinion who were accommodating, willing to help, approachable and supportive. Beautiful campus and surrounding greenery.

      Cons

      Little boring sometimes. It's a bureaucratic beast so change can sometimes be slow but this is a key focus for improvement at the moment. The politics can also get tiresome sometimes, especially at the managerial levels, but this can easily enough be ignored.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Dubious Future

      Sep 13, 2017 -  
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      Pros

      Lovely people, great work life balance, family friendly, great physical environment.

      Cons

      There is restructure after restructure yet the vision of the future of the OU has not been articulated. Morale is the lowest it has ever been and there is no trust between staff and management.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Student Support

      Dec 29, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Always used to be a good working environment and supportive colleagues. Opportunities for staff to study with the OU. Nice work-life balance.

      Cons

      Unfortunately the OU is undergoing major changes which many feel will be detrimental to both students and staff. Closing regional centres and losing experienced staff who are being replaced with new staff in call centre setting.

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Excellent benefits

      Oct 3, 2016 -  
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      Pros

      Excellent benefits and work-life balance

      Cons

      Process bound and somewhat inflexible.

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