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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. "PhD Biological sciences"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good facilities and good staff

    Cons

    Pay is average for PhD placement


  2. "research fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    -flexible working
    -opportunity to travel, extra training etc.

    Cons

    no negatives found so far


  3. "Good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    great team of people, some attempt at outreach and connecting with the wider university. Strong(ish) union

    Cons

    lots of change and not always managed well, many oppotunities to give your opinion on the direction of things but rarely taken into consideration so becomes a box ticking exercise.


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  5. "Very Good"

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    Former Employee - SEPO Support in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - SEPO Support in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Helpful, friendly, interesting and organised.

    Cons

    No cons I can think of really

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  6. "MSc Mathematical Finance Full-time student"

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

    Pros

    A lot of people coming from different backgrounds. Good networking in any industry through a variety of events and workshops. All around knowledge received through course.

    Cons

    There's not a particularly good communication between different departments. As a result simple procedures take much longer to be completed than expected. Library currently being moved to a different building resulting to services not being available at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Too many unnecessary expenses. Students want to feel more integrated in their course than have luxury facilities and fancy equipment. More focus on preparing students for job markets would be ideal.


  7. "Prestigious place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Prestigious red brick institution to work in
    Looks good on CV

    Cons

    Lots of red tape if you wish to progress

    Advice to Management

    More defined career path


  8. Helpful (1)

    "not a nice place"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay i competitive, but not commensurate to the number of hours effectively worked.

    Cons

    Huge work pressure, work overload, we are expected to work several non remunerated extra hours per week, constant job insecurity due to periodic restructurations, little respect for academic independence.

    Advice to Management

    Increase quality of life of workers. According to the THE this is one of the universities with the highest stress levels amongst staff.


  9. "Good Univ."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    Very beautiful campus, some democratic departments (at least my department), very good culture, good living in Birmingham, convenient to travel.

    Cons

    no very high pay but this is the problem for all the UK univ. No many supporting staffs, could be really stressful in term time when you need to deal with some admin issues that should be handled by supporting staffs.


  10. "Chemical Engineering Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great summer job, learnt loads of new skills and was flexible to take the work in any direction we wanted

    Cons

    Sometimes working with staff was a slow process


  11. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Community Warden
    Former Employee - Community Warden
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible working allowed me to fit this job in and around studying. A lot of opportunities to increase skill set.

    Cons

    none that i need to note


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