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University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated 12 October 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, equal opportunities, good work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Great equipment available, I work in a fantastic team, flexible working hours when required (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary is skinny and career progression is limited (in 5 reviews)

  • Very low salary, no pension scheme (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on high end research areas with some of the worlds best minds. Excellent teaching and research facilities

    Cons

    Some professional training opportunities are not available

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Good 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 full-time

    Pros

    Management tend to be reasonable and sensible. Willing to work with staff to get better outcomes.

    Benefits are good, annual leave is generous and they take part in schemes such as Cycle to Work, transport benefits etc. Sports centre is excellent.

    Nice campus that's easy to reach.

    Cons

    Salaries, whilst usually good, vary across the schools/colleges and jobs can often be below the grades they ought to be.

    Staff often have too much work to cope with due to a tendency to under staff areas.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a fair wage for the work that people are doing.

    Employe enough people for the jobs that need done.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Research"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good life/work balance, people are very nice . City has lots to offer and it's easy to get around.

    Cons

    Hard to progress once inside but doable

    Advice to Management

    Give more support to people willing to contribute.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work with excellent work-life balance, but not very well paid."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance. Great holidays. Lots of opportunities to attend seminars.

    Cons

    Very slow rise up the payscale. No annual bonus.


  6. "UoE"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A large, well established university.
    Clever people.
    Helpful admin staff

    Cons

    Large and can be bureaucratic.
    Progressing through grades difficult unless managers get people onside.


  7. "Review for HTBN staff"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    As a large employer with multiple incomes the UoE is a relatively stable employer, and the people you work with (students etc.) are generally high caliber.

    Cons

    Some of the systems come across as overly bureaucratic, and often it is not obvious how to interact with them.

    Advice to Management

    The current tendancy seems to be for more administration systems in place of people actively tackling the tasks and issues-this imbalance in not conducive to the purposes of the university.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good in the short/medium term"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pension. Great access to training and software. Potential to collaborate in world-class research projects.

    Cons

    Management from academic staff is minimal. Salary is capped, practically speaking, unless you go down the PhD route.

    Advice to Management

    Make funding available for departments to retain more technical staff


  9. "Postdoctoral research fellow"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pleasant, good IT, emphasis on training, good cycle storage/investment

    Cons

    Disperate sites, no shuttle bus between sites, mentoring scheme is lacking


  10. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere and great development opportunities

    Cons

    Sometimes too "public sector" and therefore slow with decision making

    Advice to Management

    Quicker turnarounds on projects


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Barman"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Barman in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Barman in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible shifts, one can chose when they work and how much they work. Academia is prioritised. Friendly staff your own age, mainly students at UoE.

    Cons

    Tiring shifts until early hours. Stressful environment at times, especially on student nights and university events. At times understaffed, but always able to cope.

    Advice to Management

    More staff on library bar at times. Make sure that the Team Leader's whereabouts is always known, and provide better ways in communicating with the management (Radios)


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