The Open University Employee Reviews about "working environment"

Updated Oct 17, 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 3 years

      A good university

      Oct 17, 2020 - PhD Student in Milton Keynes, England
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      Pros

      Very friendly and relaxed working environment. Engaged and very passionate employees

      Cons

      Lack of communication between different departments

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    2. 5.0
      Former Contractor

      Excellent Institution

      Aug 12, 2020 - PhD Student in Milton Keynes, England
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      Pros

      Excellent supervisors and working environment

      Cons

      Great place to work so no concerns

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    3. 5.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Great company

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

      good work environment great work/life balance good communication

      Cons

      career progression is quite slow

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Engineering Role with Little Academic Promise

      Sep 11, 2019 - Project Officer in Milton Keynes, England
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      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.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee

      analyst

      Mar 28, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      friendly and flexible working environment, diversity

      Cons

      company politics, going through a lot of restructuring

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee

      FASS Student Support

      Jan 30, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Team Managers Manageable targets Relaxed work environment

      Cons

      Sometimes problems with system limit ability to do job Out-dated computer programs

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    7. 5.0
      Former Intern

      SPIN Graduate Scheme

      Nov 4, 2017 - Spin in Milton Keynes, England
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      Pros

      Good training and enjoyable work environment.

      Cons

      Milton Keynes not the best place to work.

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Slow, but comfortable.

      Oct 29, 2017 - Media Assistant in Milton Keynes, England
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      Pros

      Casual work environment, relaxed attitude, good facilities, excellent career stability.

      Cons

      Outdated technology, slow working pace, uninspiring design restrictions, no advancement due to no staff turnover.

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Team Assistant Student Services

      Apr 19, 2017 - Team Assistant Student Services 
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      Pros

      Good holiday, relaxed working environment, 90% of people are extremely friendly and helpful. Nice place to work

      Cons

      hierarchical attitude from management. Look down on you quite often and can be very patronising. I don't get the impression that many people here LOVE what they do.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Student Support

      Dec 29, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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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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      2 people found this review helpful
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