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University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated 16 July 2018
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Pros
  • "Focus on work life balance and gender equality" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Good support system and atmosphere, great benefits, colleagues were very supportive of each other and flexible working hours" (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. "Resident Assistant"

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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

    A good university with nice people.

    Cons

    The weather in winter is not comfortable.


  2. "Undergraduate laboratory demonstrator"

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

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

    Pros

    Great for developing communication skills by teaching the undergraduate basic techniques.

    Cons

    long hours spend marking depending on the experiment and the size of the group you are supervising.

  3. "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

    Good research facilities
    Plenty of available funding
    Collaboration

    Cons

    Some buildings quite isolated
    Support could be better


  4. "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    Helpful members of staff all the time

    Cons

    Could eat into your personal research time


  5. "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


  6. "Part-time tutor and demonstrator"

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    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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "Work Away"

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    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.


  10. "Summer Intern"

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    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.


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