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University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated 13 February 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. "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


  2. "Part-time tutor and demonstrator"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. "Work Away"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good. Thank you.

    Cons

    None. Apply soon. Thank you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. "Sports & Exercise"

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    Former Employee - Sports Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Sports Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great pay
    - Employees are looked after under the university as a whole

    Cons

    - Sports and Exercise subsection feels like a clique
    - Management doesn't understand needs in facilities
    - Few development opportunities for staff
    - Hiring often based on who you know rather than competence

    Advice to Management

    Actually do real hiring process.


  8. "Summer Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I learned a lot during my summer internship in the Information Service department. The peoples are very friendly and knowledgable. There are also a lot of opportunity in participating in events.

    Cons

    There is minimal mentorship or structure during my internship. I need to push and manage more independently on the project that given to me, but then again this has helped me improve my time management skill.


  9. "Edinburgh Innovations; reasonable pay, horrible politics"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay seems reasonable for sector, excellent benefits. Nice working in a university; surrounded by bright and interested people, cutting edge research. Work is interesting enough. Very flexible with part-time working etc.

    Cons

    Had to fight to get this pay level, which I did only when I realised that those around me were earning much more for the same job. Not fair. Office politics are worse than anywhere else I have worked. Good benefits and decent pay mean people get comfortable in their jobs and stay there for a long time...very hard to get promoted because opportunities rarely arise.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritise professional development of your employees, provide opportunity for them to take on extra responsibility etc. Treat them fairly and transparently with regard to pay. Make management more accessible; feels very remote.


  10. "I enjoyed very much the vibrant academic atmosphere of the university in the beautiful city of Edinburgh"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The school of informatics has been ranked the best in the UK. There are noble prize winners in the university. The staff and also people in the city are welcoming. The quality of life is high compared to London.

    Cons

    The weather is usually chilly with rare sunshines. Flying from Edinburgh is not as good as flights from London of course.


  11. "University of Edinburgh"

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Blackford Hill. The views. The city of Edinburgh. The great people. The world-leading University.

    Cons

    It's often windy and cold. It gets really dark in the winter. The pay is quite top dollar. The academic career poll is very greasy.

    Advice to Management

    None really that I haven't already given or been very forth coming with.


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