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University of Birmingham Reviews

Updated 12 February 2018
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  • No cons to working at University of Birmingham (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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?


  2. "Lecturer"

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    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.


  3. "Senior Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, many Holidays, great Pension

    Cons

    Growth can be slow. Good Publication history required.


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  5. "Great pay, very flexible"

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    Former Employee - Barista
    Former Employee - Barista
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent pay and flexible for students. The university restricts them from loading lots of hours onto us. Really nice people and well organised.

    Cons

    There really weren't any cons.


  6. "Great environment"

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    Current Employee - Site Assistant
    Current Employee - Site Assistant
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Really friendly people and lively environment. The accommodation village is quiet and has lots of greenery, making it a comfortable working environment. Also, the pay is excellent.

    Cons

    As it was a zero hours contract, there was no fixed number of hours for any given week, and the shifts could change at any time. Sometimes, there was confusion as to what tasks should be done, but nothing too major.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing that I can think of, I was always treated with respect and consideration. Keep up the good work.


  7. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well structured EngD program with strong connection with several multinational companies. The attendance of modules and conferences help to develop both your professional and inter-personal skills

    Cons

    Some of the EngD students are located in different locations in the UK depending on the company they are currying out their research in. This sometimes makes difficult to integrate with the other fellows based at the university

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the extraordinary work that your doing within the EngD program.


  8. "Needs Improvement"

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

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

    Pros

    Freedom and creativity to explore research interests outside of projects in the research portfolio.

    Cons

    Lack of trained post-docs and research management staff. Bureaucratic red tape which makes green-lighting anything in a timely fashion nearly impossible.


  9. "Good supportive place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong support from the team, interesting work, good training and preparation in advance of starting the job. Kept well informed. Well treated and respected during my time there

    Cons

    Pay was not amazing, but was employed as a student so to be expected really.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Job opportunities for students is great. Can't speak for what its like to work for the faculty as a full time member of staff though


  10. "goof 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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible in work time and extra university off days at Easter and Christmas holiday

    Cons

    most of the academic jobs are fixed term contracts


  11. "Academic researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time

    Pros

    Excellent working space with kind, helpful, knowledgeable lecturers

    Cons

    Working environment in the lab was quiet. Everyone seemed to mind their own business

    Advice to Management

    Be more patient with entry level students in the lab


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