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University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated 11 April 2018
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Pros
  • Focus on work life balance and gender equality (in 14 reviews)

  • Good support system and atmosphere, great benefits, colleagues were very supportive of each other and flexible working hours (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary is skinny and career progression is limited (in 5 reviews)

  • Low salary, but that is the nature of working with a start up (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Diverse and Inspiring environment promoting teamwork

    Cons

    below expectation salary for the high standards of research required


  2. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great place to work and learn at the same time

    Cons

    Busy and demanding job, can be hectic at times however overall its alright.

  3. "Income Section"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great development in the job

    Cons

    Changes is slow and complex management structure

    Advice to Management

    Try to expedite improvements and do away with hierarchy method of working.


  4. "Scottish Gradute School of Social and Political Science"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This review is not just one's person opinion so be wary.

    Cons

    I have been with a for under 2 years and during that time I have had 4 Directors and 2 Managers. Anyone reading current affairs headlines should understand what such a rapid rotation means for the administration. And talking of being managed by emotionally volatile people- expect being called and texted outside of office hours, being bullied, hearing racially ambivalent statements, having co-workers petted against each other on a daily basis. Shall I go on? Oh, ok then. Would you like to be asked to change your medical appointments from 9.45am to 4.30pm because that supposedly adheres to HR rules better? Would you like to be shouted at in front of other people for your manager’s mistakes? Would you like to feel completely alone in the abusive situation when you tell a director about multiple issues with your manager and being entirely blanked? Would you like to be asked to produce documents that your manager was asked to write for the meetings and never been given credit for your work? Would you like your personal and professional choices aggressively questioned in front of everyone? Would you like to say several times ‘please stop, this conversation is making me uncomfortable’ without a reaction? Would you like to work in a dark, cold and damp office with a window looking out onto a wall? Being repeatedly put between political games your seniors play? If you answer yes to any or all of these, go ahead and apply now!

    Advice to Management

    Performance review should apply to management just as it does to members of the team. Top heavy team- you don't need that many decision makers.


  5. "MSc Course Demonstrator and Marker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    Well paid. Comfortable working environment with students.

    Cons

    Limited working time and hours.


  6. "Senior Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, cutting-edge research, nice colleagues

    Cons

    Insecurity, low benefits, market driven


  7. "It's a university, but not as we knew it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Almost all great people, decent working environment

    Cons

    Very political at the more senior levels. Increasingly going towards a 1990s style corporate culture.

  8. "Great atmosphere!"

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

    Pros

    - Collaboration with top researchers
    - Resourceful university
    - Teaching / TA / Tutoring (paid) opportunities
    - Multicultural

    Cons

    - As a disadvantage I would say a single word -> bureaucracy


  9. Helpful (1)

    "University Funded PhD Studentship"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edinburgh is a relaxed work environment where peers are cooperative more than competitive.

    There have been improvements to the PhD review and support system to ensure more students graduate on time.

    Edinburgh is a great place to live as a student and a professional.

    Cons

    Funding only covers tuition and maintenance fees. External grants or additional funding is required to cover lab costs and testing, travel, and conference fees. This can mean your work can become quite constrained if your supervisor does not have access to readily available funds.

    Collaboration between academics can vary greatly between institutes, and cross-disciplinary work and interaction can be a struggle as there is no unifying university momentum in the sciences.

    Kings buildings are far from the city centre and are a ghost town outside of office hours.

    There is a little to no accountability for poor or neglectful supervisors. Before accepting a position be sure there is a clear understanding of expectations and the level of supervision that will be provided.

    Funding is for three years, but most PhD will take longer to complete. The school allows for one year for thesis write-up after the initial three years but this period will be unpaid and can be quite stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more funding for students on an institute level to travel, network, and attend conferences.


  10. "part time role at the uni"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    very relax work environment for the uni

    Cons

    not competitive enough at working environment


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