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University of Birmingham Reviews

Updated 9 June 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. "project management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    good organisational structure, professional division of labour between different departments

    Cons

    need to be self-leading, email communication is not preferred


  2. "Medical PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, a lot of support, opportunities to learn and develop a lot

    Cons

    Long hours, a lot of paper work

  3. "Supportive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked as a MSc student rep and it gave me full opportunity to work with teachers and other fellows

    Cons

    I would like to serve on more positions

    Advice to Management

    Good Working environment, please maintain it.


  4. "Supportive for my future"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Support for future after finishing my degree, positive, gave me lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Was a temporary role, would have liked to continue.


  5. "Curate's Egg"

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    Current Employee - Professor in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Professor in Birmingham, England

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

    Pros

    Campus is well kept, there is a very high level of investment in buildings.

    The academics here are generally very good.

    Cons

    Low level bureaucracy is massively underfunded so that basic operations don't function properly (HR, contracts and purchasing are particular lows) .

    High level non-academic roles are many, but in some cases they are pretty ineffective.

    Funding for small things at departmental level is very poor, so you have to pay your own expenses more often than not.

    There is nowhere near enough parking for the number of staff on site.


  6. "PhD"

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Birmingham, England

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

    Pros

    A highly ranked university, access to a lot of equipment

    Cons

    as a PhD student, don't get supervision often enough, in my particular department (met and mat)


  7. "Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very flexible, can chose when you want to work
    - Quite easy work for decent salary

    Cons

    - Can be very difficult to get shifts

  8. "When good employers go bad"

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    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.


  9. "Brum"

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    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.


  10. "Postgraduate Researcher"

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    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


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