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University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated 18 January 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. "A very good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Committed staff (both academic and support); bright and talented students; beautiful and vibrant city; academic reputation; prestige; devolved structure.

    Cons

    Public sector salaries; constant drive to do more on less; change can take time; devolved structure.


  2. "Working for a University"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    High quality research environment, with lots of collaboration opportunity

    Cons

    All the usual downsides of working with academics!


  3. "Resident Assistant"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    A good university with nice people.

    Cons

    The weather in winter is not comfortable.


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  5. "Undergraduate laboratory demonstrator"

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

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

    Pros

    Great for developing communication skills by teaching the undergraduate basic techniques.

    Cons

    long hours spend marking depending on the experiment and the size of the group you are supervising.


  6. "PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Good research facilities
    Plenty of available funding
    Collaboration

    Cons

    Some buildings quite isolated
    Support could be better


  7. "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    Helpful members of staff all the time

    Cons

    Could eat into your personal research time


  8. "Generally a good place to work"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great team of people - very diverse
    Good terms and conditions of employment
    Wide variety of projects

    Cons

    Bureaucratic sometimes due to size
    Difficult to climb up the career ladder - dead man's shoes


  9. "Post Doctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, great city to live, vibrant science community

    Cons

    less opportunities within Edinburgh to have a career.


  10. "Pushing the boundaries"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Very high standard of colleagues and students.

    Cons

    Campus spread out across the city, can feel a little divided


  11. "Part-time tutor and demonstrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    Good working environment, lots of employment opportunities

    Cons

    Recently, tutors and demonstrators have stopped being paid for preparation work, and are expected to undertake this work unpaid. This results in an effective hourly wage of ~£7.50, which is scarcely above minimum wage! This is not a good wage for the work undertaken.

    Advice to Management

    Pay tutors and demonstrators for ALL work undertaken - if they work 4 hours - pay them 4 hours. The University of Edinburgh is a top university, keep it this way by paying teaching staff adequately.


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