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University of Birmingham Reviews

Updated 14 January 2019
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  • "No cons to working at University of Birmingham" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Pay is average and also not a very long contract" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to study"

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    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student
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    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    good enviroment and facilities to study

    Cons

    relatively easy toget a decent mark, bit really hard to get stromger first


  2. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, good pension scheme,training, good worklife balance, university closed days

    Cons

    salary, politics,staff can be overloaded with work

  3. "It's a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    Holiday pay, flexible working, good manager

    Cons

    Some of the administrative systems are slow


  4. "Flexible working is good, lack of community and colleagues is bad"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible terms allow people to live away, and come in only for their lectures

    Cons

    Birmingham is a boring city, in many ways, and so few people live there and i rarely see my colleagues. There is no social aspect to work. People do not seem particularly ambitious. The university support functions are poor - there is often one administrator for 100s of staff, and you can wait a long time for finance to process things.

    Advice to Management

    Hold more than 2 social events per year - hold perhaps 4 big lunches or dinners a year where you pay for the food and encourage people to attend


  5. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    it is a good university that helps me

    Cons

    there is nothing wrong with this


  6. "Teaching assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working time
    Well paid
    Friendly staff

    Cons

    Repeating task
    Average management
    Lack of challenge


  7. "OK employer. Lonely experience."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    Nice campus, good line manager and interesting work

    Cons

    Repeated short-term contracts, no stability, no progression potential

  8. "The Vale Village - great overall experience"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Birmingham part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly managers, work at your own pace

    Cons

    Not much room for career progression


  9. "Good Work Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good hours, good salary

    Cons

    Not much development, lack of career progression, work environment average.


  10. "MSc student in Structural Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good and supportive academic staff. High education institute with a tradition in engineering. One of the most beautiful campus in UK.

    Cons

    The academic staff may become quite strict in marking process and in feedback. There are big gaps between the morning and afternoon lectures.

    Advice to Management

    I think that your work is well organised and you offer many opportunities to your students. I would like more networking events between the schools of University of Birmingham