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Updated 19 September 2018
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Pros
  • "Focus on work life balance and gender equality" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Very flexible working hours, would definitely recommend doing an internship here" (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Salary is skinny and career progression is limited" (in 6 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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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    I worked as a research assistant at Roslin Institute. The institute has good facilities and I found it to be supportive work environment.

    Cons

    The institute is not in a great location as it is outside the city of Edinburgh city and the open plan environment can be difficult to concentrate in.

    Advice to Management

    This was a relatively short term contract and I had little interaction with senior management so don't feel I can comment.


  2. "Healthcare Company creation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy, interesting job and people

    Cons

    Poor leadership at higher levels, highly conservative

  3. "Great 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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, promotes female staff

    Cons

    Rigid pay scale structure and politics


  4. "PhD Student in Economics"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student In Economics in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - PhD Student In Economics in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Highly motivating, research focused, professional environment
    - Very welcoming and friendly faculty
    - Many seminars, workshops, PhD classes
    - Funding for PhD students is exceptional and extends to workshops, summer schools, conferences, software
    - Research collaborations are encouraged
    - Many teaching options for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses
    - Dedicated PhD supervisors
    - Research focus of department is in Search/Matching, Labor Economics

    Cons

    - PhD supervisors tend to not co-author with students as customary in other PhD programs
    - After first year, no more structured courses on how to write good research papers or where to find research ideas
    - Research focus of department is in Search/Matching
    - Seminars and workshops are focused on the areas of expertise of the faculty: Labor Economics and Search/Matching


  5. "Experience is very lab specific"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Can be very stimulating environment to work in, but that depends on your PI or management structure, or the project you are involved with

    Cons

    Little scope for development, and career development. Can be a depressing and unchallenging environment, Inequity can be evident, and micromanagement can stifle ambition

    Advice to Management

    Do not repress knowledgeable and experienced staff and reward staff who are manipulative game players just because it makes life easy for management


  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

    Full of support for students either from the school or the university

    Cons

    A lot of travel between office and work for those who teach


  7. "Student Caller at Alumni and Development office"

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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 part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - good pay
    - very chill environment
    - can be a good way to network

    Cons

    - can be stressful if you are not good at cold calling

  8. "Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Administrative in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Can work in Casual clothes
    Nice people

    Cons

    Not many benefits
    very chaotic depending on which area you work for.


  9. "Post-doctoral position with University of Edinburgh"

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

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

    Pros

    Large, cutting-edge, well-respected with numerous collaborative opportunities.

    Cons

    Very few permanent post-doctoral positions. Job security is average with grant funded contracts of typically three years.


  10. "Great working environment and supportive peers"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well established researchers and good working relationship with supervisor

    Cons

    Long hours requiring a lot of self motivation

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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