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University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated 6 December 2017
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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. "PDRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Nice working environment and flexibility

    Cons

    Salary is skinny and career progression is limited


  2. "Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    The brand name attracts everyone

    Cons

    Some times the job descriptions do not match to the actual work to be done.
    Staff have no respect for the staff lower in hierarchy.


  3. "Research Associate"

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

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    University reputation beyond what the school of engineering is capable of delivering.

    Cons

    School of Eng. too much dependant on EPSRC grants, and, hence to policies rendered by bureaucrats rather than scientific curiosity. Some SoE Dept.s under--perform. EE Dept. isolated from CS (Informatics) which is a serious shortcoming in this age.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Staff Scientist position"

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

    Pros

    Pretty good pay and other benefits

    Cons

    I have to live on short term contracts and often don't know if they are getting extended


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed"

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    Former Employee - Learning Technologist in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Learning Technologist in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at University of Edinburgh (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, equal opportunities, good work life balance. Nice people to work with, in my experience.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, can be hard to make positive change, can feel stagnant really easily. Hard to progress.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Post -Doc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Lack of organisation and management, Serious health and safety issues


  8. "UoE is really nice to work for"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow
    Current Employee - Research Fellow
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you get loads of support and development opportunities and HR is really helpful with all sorts of issues related to that.

    Cons

    fixed term contracts but that is just the way science works in general


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edinburgh is a world-leading institution in the field I'm interested in.
    In my case they were prepared to be flexible about working arrangements.

    Cons

    Applications for permanent posts are very competitive, so progression "up" the academic hierarchy may be difficult.


  10. "Not at all great."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours.
    Access to some interesting opportunities.
    The majority of staff are friendly, team players who are easy to work with.

    Cons

    Complete lack of respect for lower staff. Management mainly concerned with PR and attending events.
    Corporate nonsense often wastes time (e.g. events and away days).
    Job descriptions, pay and titles not changed quickly to reflect changes in job (this of course affects your ability to move into another position/promotion and leave).
    A lack of skilled management, or management with appropriate priorities, shifts more work down the hierarchy.
    Pay disparities are often huge and unjustified.
    Any student facing (and /or parent facing) roles will likely face some of the rudeness associated with customer service.
    Any admin roles will likely experience a regular lack of respect from several academics.

    Advice to Management

    Pay staff accordingly and recognise their contributions officially. Hire staff based on the skills needed for the job, not what soft skills are traditionally required beneficial.


  11. "manual note taker"

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

    Pros

    1. very flexible and friendly environment
    2. nice colleagues and good training.
    3. working causal with various students.

    Cons

    can not think any cons


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