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Updated 6 January 2019
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Pros
  • "Focus on work life balance and gender equality" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Relaxed working environment, no crazy targets or other pressures" (in 23 reviews)

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

  • "Acedemic research careers are very competitive and hard to progress through" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Student"

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

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

    Pros

    You get to study with some very smart people

    Cons

    The semesters last a very short time, so can be quite busy


  2. "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    flexible working time, meet top scientists and listen to their talks

    Cons

    no benefits at all. No space to have lunch.

  3. "PhD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    great place to study and work

    Cons

    nothing to complain about it


  4. "Excellent institution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work atmosphere, prompt communication with peers, knowledgeable staff.

    Cons

    Support not always accessible, unnecessary waiting lists for certain services


  5. "Lab demonstrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    Enjoyable job, lab technicians very helpful

    Cons

    Very limited further prospects of this role


  6. "Pleasant but slow"

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    Current Employee - Project Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, good environment, variety of work

    Cons

    Slow, bad senior management, little accountability.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    - no problems with arranging my part-time shifts at work along with the time I need to study in my course
    - the team in my lab is friendly and doing a great job
    - any occurring issues can be solved quickly
    - fair treatment to all of the employees

    Cons

    - sometimes it's a struggle to fit all the experiments in one day
    - lack of lab space for safe arrangement of all work areas
    - that is not a huge con, but bothers me personally: no one cares about wearing a lab coat really, unless doing some really dangerous work

  8. "IS Helpdesk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    Positive environment, good place to work. Nothing else to say.

    Cons

    To be honest, it is a demanding place of work but it gives you lots of experience.


  9. "Institue of Genetics and Molecular Medicine"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Background and getting fresh new experience in research as intern from abroad.

    Cons

    The research of the university used to be great, lack of funds destroyed teams and affect very negatively its chance to develop state-of-the-art and relevant researchs.

    Advice to Management

    They wanted to have an internt MSc level paying Zero, to try to publish the next paper ASAP, and be able to take holidays too, that says a lot of my manager and the stress level they had.


  10. "PhD student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and hard working people, lots of support with work and life.

    Cons

    Working space can be hard to find