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Updated 5 July 2018
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Pros
  • "Family friendly and flexible working options" (in 9 reviews)

  • "most beautiful campus perfect for focused researchers" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management are very out of touch with lower down employees" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Many people work on fixed term contracts or are under semi permanent threat of redeployment" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Life and Work at Exeter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time

    Pros

    Very good place to work. Nice city and friendly people.

    Cons

    Relatively high cost of living.


  2. "Valuable opportunity ofprofessional development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people, devloping independence, great mental support

    Cons

    Slow promotion, you need to be proactive for that

  3. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Professional Services in Exeter, England
    Current Employee - Professional Services in Exeter, England

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good annual leave, lovely campus, fun working with students, good pension. work interesting. work colleagues usually very nice.

    Cons

    need proper career progression and staff development. Old IT systems. Become more silo-ed post transformation / re org not more efficient. Old fashioned and conservative in culture. Not enough resources in some areas. Too much change going on, and too often. Too many fixed term contracts, turn over of staff etc loss of institutional knowledge

    Advice to Management

    don't treat admin staff like second class to academics. The place wouldn't run without us. Address systems and career / progression / development. Break down silos and less middle managers please.


  4. "great place to work as a student"

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    Current Employee - Career Zone in Exeter, England
    Current Employee - Career Zone in Exeter, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    Flexible if you're a student
    good pay

    Cons

    not much really ok yeah


  5. "Good benefits, but slopey shoulder management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time

    Pros

    - Excellent annual leave and other staff benefits
    - Good pay for professional services staff
    - Largely collegiate
    - Family friendly and flexible working options

    Cons

    - Lack of opportunity for career progression
    - Restructure has been going on for years
    - Bullying and harrassment is ignored despite senior management saying they will tackle this

    Advice to Management

    Consider how structure could work for professional services staff in a way that can enable them to develop and thrive.


  6. "Nice campus,"

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    Current Employee - Postgraduate Researcher in Exeter, England
    Current Employee - Postgraduate Researcher in Exeter, England
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice campus and facilities, reasonable salary and plenty of opportunities to travel and increase your knowledge. Not difficult to apply and get an offer.

    Cons

    I find that the atmosphere is not the most accurate to encourage hard work. Team work is not promoted and sometimes it is difficult to find someone who can help you when you get stuck.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage team work


  7. "Exeter"

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    Current Employee - Professor in Exeter, England
    Current Employee - Professor in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice Campus- Flexible hours- Nice City

    Cons

    Pay- bureaucracy- academics everywhere- Too much administration

  8. "A once great institution, ruined by over-ambitious management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Exeter, England
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Exeter, England
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Exeter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, some historic buildings (mostly dwarfed now by recent building developments).

    The remains of the ethos of Exeter lingers amongst staff who have worked there for many years. Some of that has rubbed off an more recent recruits, (but it is fast disappearing).

    Cons

    Not all of the problems are peculiar to Exeter, of course. All HE institutions have been turned into 'businesses' by policy changes of recent governments. Student fees, research 'impact' and chasing league tables has shifted focus away from core academic values.

    The tragedy for Exeter is that it was always a sought-after place to study due to its location and picturesque campus. It was, therefore, insulated to some extent from the effects of policy.

    Sadly, a 'corporate-minded' management made it their goal to bring Exeter into the 'top-ten', and become part of the Russel Group. A laudable ambition, but one that probably should have been achieved organically, over decades, rather than pushed through before any individuals' retirements.

    I saw leather sofas and chrome/glass computer desks brought into the Library at huge expense, so that 'spend per student' on Information Services was sufficient for league-table metrics. Just one example of the tail wagging the dog, and though typical, certainly not the worst!

    But saddest of all was the atmosphere of bullying, particularly in the Professional Services. A lot good people left, many due to illness, most because it was easier to take a redundancy package than have to fight every day for what was 'right'.

    It's a few years since I left, but from what I understand from previous colleagues a recent change in senior management shows every sign of continuing, albeit against a backdrop of 'reducing costs'.

    Advice to Management

    You only have to look at the tariffs for entry to Exeter to see how popular it is amongst each year’s cohort.

    So why not make Exeter one of the few HE institutions where traditional academic values thrive?

    Most of all, though, the culture of bullying that took hold under the previous senior management regime needs to be addressed. Not because it's harming profits, but because it is the right thing to do.


  9. "Research Assistant"

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

    I worked at University of Exeter part-time

    Pros

    Outstanding Environment
    Friendly Colleagues - huge group of diverse people
    Flexible

    Cons

    Not a very big city.


  10. "Research and Modelling Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Exeter, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good research focused university. Lots of support available for the early career researcher to grow.

    Cons

    Sometimes bureaucratic processes might be quite daunting.


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