University of Edinburgh Employee Reviews about "short term contracts"

Updated Nov 11, 2020

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  • "Inclusive and supportive working environment(in 44 reviews)

  • "Flexible working hours, good environment(in 24 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "No opportunity for development & career progression(in 13 reviews)

  • "Short term contracts are the norm(in 11 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Workplace

      Nov 11, 2020 - Scientist 
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      Pros

      High quality science, prestige, network.

      Cons

      Short term contracts, limited job security.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Edinburgh University

      Oct 30, 2020 - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
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      Pros

      Flexible working. Lots of great science

      Cons

      Most jobs are short term contracts

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great place to work

      Oct 6, 2020 - Social Researcher in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
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      Pros

      Great people, very interesting work

      Cons

      Fixed term contracts, rarely permanent

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Fixed-term contracts problematic to career development

      Jun 15, 2020 - Research Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
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      Pros

      Decent academic colleagues, good library resources

      Cons

      problems with fixed-term contracts, last minute extensions, limited support etc.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Standard university research job experience within academia

      Dec 31, 2019 - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
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      Pros

      - Pay in line with typical RA salary, generous if pre-PhD. - Good leave allowance (35 days + 4 public holidays). - Nice working environment (people/ institute) but very lab-dependent.

      Cons

      General academia issues: - Short term contracts are the norm. - Working hours outside 9-6 mon-fri not officially required but can be unfairly expected by some supervisors. - Some career progression but becomes very difficult above a certain level. - Management can be bad

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    7. 1.0
      Current Contractor, more than 1 year

      Exploitative Short-Term Contracts

      Feb 20, 2019 - Research Associate 
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      Pros

      Good flexibility in working patterns Good team environment

      Cons

      Very limited job security, with the majority of research-staff hired on exploitative short-term contracts to further the careers of established academics No room for career advancement

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    8. 3.0
      Current Contractor, more than 1 year

      Research Associate

      Dec 18, 2018 - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
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      Pros

      Lots going on, many opportunities, interesting environment, flexible working, well funded research projects, good support teams, low pressure.

      Cons

      Short term contracts, low pay, slow academic processes, quality of support and direction varies massively with principal investigators, very much seen as a temporary/transitory role and hard to progress into an academic position.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Excellent but the academic system is broken

      Nov 3, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Excellent for an academic institute. Good training and development opportunities.

      Cons

      Usual cons of academia, fixed term contracts, lack of career progression unless group leader status obtained.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Contractor, more than 8 years

      Job insecurity is v stressful

      Nov 29, 2017 - Data Scientist in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
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      Pros

      Flexible time, stimulating environment

      Cons

      V short term contracts, job insecurity, stress,

      1 person found this review helpful
    11. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Staff Scientist position

      Jun 5, 2017 -  
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      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

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