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University of Birmingham Reviews

Updated 16 October 2017
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  • No cons to working at University of Birmingham (in 3 reviews)

  • Bureaucratic red tape which makes green-lighting anything in a timely fashion nearly impossible (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Brum"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Line-managers and bosses tried hard to foster convivial environment.

    Cons

    Resistant to organising, promotion, etc.


  2. "When good employers go bad"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant
    Current Employee - Accountant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lovely green campus with good facilities available
    Flexible-ish working
    Some very experienced people who care deeply about their work
    Good public transport links

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management - big decisions often made on the whims of individuals without any regard for process or consistency, and with no responsibility taken for the inevitable aftermath
    Management increasingly full of Yes (Wo)Men
    Little respect for employees
    HR shocking, both operationally and in their grasp of employment law
    Huge capital investment while the day-to-day infrastructure crumbles
    Culture amongst some staff of 'it doesn't matter'
    Attitude of 'you should be grateful to work here'
    Huge use of casual contracts
    Morale is on the floor

    Advice to Management

    Value and respect your employees - actions speak louder than words.


  3. "Technician job review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Technician in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Nice people to work for.

    Cons

    Wages could be a lot better


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  5. "Postgraduate Researcher"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postgraduate Researcher in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Postgraduate Researcher in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    supportive, friendly, many benefits, good teaching facilities

    Cons

    I dont have any cons about the university of birmingham


  6. "Nice place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England

    I have been working at University of Birmingham (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice location, beautiful campus

    Cons

    NOT very well supported


  7. "Barista"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Barista in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Barista in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Inspiring place to work, opportunities to progress career wise. Fun, caring atmosphere, got to know customers, good work/ life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes there was weekend work but time was always given off in lieu and there was plenty of notice given.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to invest more in mental health care for employees.


  8. "working as a teaching associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible timings, you can easily fit in your work while looking after your family specially with young kids. You get to learn a lot from your colleagues.

    Cons

    Teaching becomes boring because you have to follow the general outlines from the university.


  9. "Dissertation Supervisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Projects Manager in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Special Projects Manager in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Practical, non-bureaucratic approach to provision of academic support for international students... all by e-mail or Skype.

    Cons

    Hard to get by (make ends meet) doing only this.. it needs to be a supplementary income.


  10. "Nice campus but can't wait to leave"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Programmer in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice campus. Good facilities. Generally friendly place to work. Students keep things lively and working in a school office an be entertaining.

    Cons

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, "students first, staff second" despite the fact we keep the place running. Progression opportunities from Band 400 to 500 very limited on a permanent basis, lots of Grade 6+ with vague titles. Constant secondment recruitment and back-filling for these roles makes teams unstable. Rarely any new roles created. Favouritism is rife - never mind your experience (or lack of it), if your face fits you'll get ahead. Bureaucratic. More and more 'progression monitoring' schemes being introduced, constantly having to monitor our performance against targets 4-6 times a year, becomes a tick box exercise and meaningless. HR are TERRIBLE; new starters be prepared to wait up to a fortnight for your staff user ID and card which you will need to access email, systems etc. Disparity between the colleges in terms of pay for very similar roles. Limited times when you can actually take more than a week of annual leave and heaven forbid you request any time off between April-August if you work in a school office. Development opportunities eg training and short courses very limited for lower grade staff - mostly management focused. 3 years is enough for me to know I am never going to get ahead here so I am looking to move on.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise the skill sets of your staff at all grades, not just management. HR need a reality check, how can this be a global employer when every new starter that joins our office is waiting weeks just to get on the systems?


  11. "Lecturer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Red Brick university, caries a good name .

    Cons

    Staff demoralised. Crazy expectations, zero help. Very high turnover.


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