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Updated 7 November 2018
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  • "Usual cons of academia, fixed term contracts, lack of career progression unless group leader status obtained" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Low salary, but that is the nature of working with a start up" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, casual dress, access to all university systems

    Cons

    I cant really think of any!


  2. "working at the university of edinburgh"

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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 Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    good people, good atmosphere

    Cons

    research facilities need improvement

  3. "Excellent but the academic system is broken"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Excellent for an academic institute. Good training and development opportunities.

    Cons

    Usual cons of academia, fixed term contracts, lack of career progression unless group leader status obtained.

    Advice to Management

    More 1:1 support for staff facing redundancy


  4. "Undergraduate student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    excellent environment vibe with outstanding research facilities

    Cons

    Not very friendly towards non-EU students, but it's a common disadvantage of uk universities.


  5. "Undergraduate Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing student experience, friendly professors, highly professional economics department

    Cons

    Not enough contact hours, campus de-centralised


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Dangerous Senior Management at EDINA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    A lot of very nice, hard-working people work here.

    Cons

    EDINA's relatively new director is running the organisation into the ground and is the most unpopular leader I have ever witnessed. A lot of staff are leaving due there being no real direction, strategy or communication of where the organisation is heading. A very hierarchical structure has been put in place which is seriously out of date and has no place in 2018. EDINA was once a great place to work but sadly the new director is driving the core teams away and doesn't see people as people but rather as assets to be used and replaced when required. There is a higher instance of people on long term sick leave due to stress than i've witnessed at other workplaces.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the senior management and hire someone who has a vision and a strategy.


  7. "short review"

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

    Pros

    smart people to work with

    Cons

    low salary and expensive city

  8. "It's a good place"

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    Former Employee - IT Developer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - IT Developer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work
    Generous pensions
    Good holidays
    Great work/home balance
    Training opportunities

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Inflexible
    Poor promotion opportunities
    Research staff treated best

    Advice to Management

    Generous pay rises only at the top send all the wrong messages. It is deeply insulting to hundreds of hard working staff that have their pay and pensions eroded every year at the same time.


  9. "Place of work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful city and great work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Weather can be bad few days.


  10. "Does not treat the administrative staff very well"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Administrator in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Programmer Administrator in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse employees, decent salary, nice facilities

    Cons

    No upward mobility, no bonus structure, no support to administrative staff

    Advice to Management

    Administrative staff is taken for granted and there needs to be a serious review of what administrative staff are asked to do and how to reward them.


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