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Updated 16 March 2019
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Pros
  • "Focus on work life balance and gender equality" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Relaxed working environment, no crazy targets or other pressures" (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • "I have to live on short term contracts and often don't know if they are getting extended" (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity for progressing within

    Cons

    Very early starts if you want a long lie


  2. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    Good Salary and good culture

    Cons

    Time-consumed works, require lots of time and energy

  3. "Msc Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Its academic atmosphere is really good.

    Cons

    I don't like people here.


  4. "Admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Good training opportunity, varied workforce from all different walks of life

    Cons

    Difficult to progress in my particular department as it was often maternity roles only becoming available to apply for, or there would often be discussions about how jobs would be 'filled' internally prior to advertisement, but others would still be invited to apply.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make false promises of progression or hire overqualified candidates hinting of near future vacancies.


  5. "Great establishment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Salaries are not reflective of work load


  6. "University researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Salary is correct
    Access to the university facilities at a reduced price
    Good work-life balance
    Good quality of life in Edinburgh

    Cons

    Recent change to the pension system means an increase from 8% to 11.4% of salary contribution in the next year.
    Some harassement scandals were sweapt under the rug.


  7. "No work live balance"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Location
    reputation of the institution
    exciting research

    Cons

    No work live balance
    Terrible competition in each level, while in many situation things will be better done with collaboration
    Temporary contracts for majority of scientist

  8. "PhD Research"

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

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    I will get my PhD

    Cons

    Bad office conditions, bad location, poor payment


  9. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere and lots of equipment for students. And bike friendly!

    Cons

    Not I know of but can always improve


  10. "University with an excellent reputation"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Edinburgh, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Overall work environment is good, strong and diverse research in biology and other life sciences.

    Cons

    The University focus lies on undergrad students (and milking them for money) instead of supporting research, which is a shame and seems unfair. Very poor in recruiting good scientists in the last 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Investment into buildings and student facilities are great but it requires more! The university will loose its reputation when research is poorly promoted. Big labs have moved and got never replaced.