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University of Birmingham Reviews

Updated 14 July 2018
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  • "No cons to working at University of Birmingham" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Difficult to get a permanent position" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Student Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Birmingham part-time

    Pros

    Really fun place to work, with a variety of different roles to be working in. Great pay and the opportunity to work with young people from a variety of backgrounds.

    Cons

    Maximum of 15 hours allowed to work.

    Advice to Management

    None - really enjoy this work.


  2. "Enjoyable working environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff and nice working environment

    Cons

    organisation challenges & lack of intra departamental communication

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  3. "Open day ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, everyone's views are valued. Nice environment

    Cons

    Told what to do so little flexibility.


  4. "PhD researcher"

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    Current Employee - Phd Student Researcher in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Phd Student Researcher in Birmingham, England

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

    Pros

    University provides good facilities for researcher

    Cons

    Wi-Fi system is not working properly for work


  5. "good pay but 0-hour contracts"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Secretary in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Administrative Secretary in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible work hours

    Cons

    0-hour contracts, unstable work schedule


  6. "Great Uni"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    Nice city to live and work

    Cons

    Lots of extra academic requirements


  7. "Profit making over education and welfare of staff and students"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Birmingham part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and holidays. Lovely campus, with a lot of green space. Many lovely staff. Diversity is increasing. On site train station.

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic and hierarchical. Low morale in many areas that are over worked and under resourced. Poor internal communication. Constant review and change. Frequent movement at Director level, leading to inconsistency, and feeling that people come in to bolster their CV with a project and move on without getting the the root of issues.

    Advice to Management

    Tackle some of the issues above!

  8. "Central Services - RED ALERT"

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    Former Employee - Central Services Technician in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Central Services Technician in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Birmingham full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    working at a campus which was beautiful in summer, a real outdoor feeling of freedom. Multicultured environment.

    Cons

    Where to begin, the interview seems technical, the job role was pathetic for your career at best. Doing the cleanup work for most of the building, which seems fine until you realise it's mainly waste from Biological experiments, e.g. TB, HIV etc, sterilised in 95% of the time an overpacked autoclave (so not sure how it can be 100% sterilised if there is no airflow). Most of us were elderly, carrying heavy loads around the building, working in hot temps - autoclaves were at 121c, Carry and sort clean out heavy hot metal cans full of waste, where we had to stand over them and breath in the "sterilised fumes" - Disgusting and so dangerous. Constant standing on some activities for long periods, repetitive tasks to the point where you would feel sore - no one from management really cared when anyone brought up the concerning work, workload or demeaning behaviour of a manager who made it feel like you weren't doing enough. After a full day of grafting, the last 30 mins is when the manager would come and "help you out" so you do more, most days I went home and felt like not going back and went straight to bed due to back pain. Supervisor - wow, what a joke, left you to it, never around, was meant to be working with you but always on jollies, always pretending to be somewhere, doing something, could never be found and never gets caught - no one from management believes you when you express this. Colleagues are friendly and even great! Accept one, who doesn't look like she'll leave any time soon, bossy and takes all the credit for everything - very political and confrontational, made work a nightmare for some of the other colleagues. Overall - I would never recommend working as a Central Services technician in the Bioscience building for Birmingham University.

    Advice to Management

    listen to the employees, esp the NEW STAFF! Make new practices for dangerous working environments, disgusting/ difficult work for a basic low pay. Some work should be taken away, adding more and demanding more work whilst keeping the salary the same - yes a tactic in most places, but shouldn't be applied. Invest in better equipment - BOILING CONDITIONS - FIX THE TWO BROKEN AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS - so dangerous. Winter was so cold!! Wanting applicants to carry a degree and carrying out a technical interview exam is very cheeky and misleading, especially when the work does not require it. basic work.


  9. "Post doc in Dept of Biosciences"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brillant place to work. Lovely university campus and city. Did my PhD and post doc here. Highly recommended. Brillant people, lots of support and opportunities available.

    Cons

    Biosciences building a bit dated but situated in the centre of campus. Because the university is located close to hospital the traffic is awful getting to and from work. Also parking is a major issue however the train station is very close and convenient.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Project Officer in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Project Officer in Birmingham, England
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Birmingham full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, great colleagues and atmosphere.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


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