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Updated 17 September 2018
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  • "Bullying and harrassment is ignored despite senior management saying they will tackle this" (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Exeter part-time

    Pros

    Fantastic team - really flexible and supportive with hours around deadlines and exams and generally lovely to work with.

    Cons

    Often tasks can be monotonous - but to be expected in an admin role.


  2. "IT Technician"

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    Former Employee - IT Technician in Exeter, England
    Former Employee - IT Technician in Exeter, England
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Exeter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Involvement in interesting research and teaching.

    Cons

    IT management here is going through a transformation, so there is some uncertainty.

  3. "Very autocratic organisation"

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

    I worked at University of Exeter part-time

    Pros

    A nice campus, reasonable holidays

    Cons

    Very autocratic, unethical, poor pay


  4. "Library Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Exeter full-time

    Pros

    Good facilities
    Good exposure to friendly student body

    Cons

    None that come to mind


  5. "Housekeeper"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England

    I worked at University of Exeter part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Fair pay
    Good training provided

    Cons

    Only seasonal work available
    Sometimes unrealistic targets


  6. "Nice place to work but poorly managed transformation has impacted on working culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Great campus
    Lovely people and fantastic, committed students
    Modern working environment (in some offices!)
    Flexible and interesting opportunities

    Cons

    Recent transformation of services has left a lot of staff with low morale
    Disconnected management / cultures within the institution don't always work together

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on managerial culture and more on providing resources to action things.


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    "Prof."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time

    Pros

    It is in Devon which is a lovely place to live. Campus is nice. Because of the management chaos there is a little room to progress and influence.

    Cons

    Senior management that mess with everything and understand little of day-to-day job of the academics make it difficult to get behind the institution.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the academics alone, trust them to do their jobs. Instead resist central government push to metrics and pointless assessment exercises. Defend pensions. Restructure and remove many senior and expensive management places and hand back the power to innovate to academics.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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