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University of Exeter Reviews

Updated 27 November 2018
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  1. "Wonderful place to study"

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    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus - please come here in person to see it!

    Cons

    Campus is on a big hill!


  2. "Good for students, terrible for staff"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Exeter, England
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Exeter, England
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They gave me a job and gave many people a job. I'm an academic, and these opportunities don't happen too often.

    Cons

    They cut corners, get all the juice they can out of all their employees (it started with academics and is now reaching professional services), and drive everyone to depression. This cascades down to students themselves.
    The carrot is very small and the stick very large.
    They forgot to pay me my full salary for about a year. It was nice when they caught up (£5000!). But frankly, don't ask me to work this hard if I don't even get the matching salary.
    Atmosphere (at least in my department) is everything but collegial. Very un-Devon.
    I have been there 5 years and have whitnesses 5 individual cases of bullying, in different departments and at different levels. HR said that bullying is so hard to prove, that I should just give up... No further comment. So I helped when I could, without HR, but very, very, quietly, because I would have been in serious trouble.

    Advice to Management

    The big picture is important, but look at people.
    Stop the bs and do act upon mental abuse and bullying.
    If you want people to succeed, help them, for real.
    Make your expectations clear from the start (my employment letter said that expectations may change depending on Uni policies. Ie, they can change it whenever they want. And they have).

  3. "Economic Scholar"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter part-time

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work

    Cons

    Poor admin regarding contracts and payment


  4. "Open day guide - student ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in London, England
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good money for students on campus, good for CV.

    Cons

    Intense work and you have to talk to a lot of people. Can be stressful at times.


  5. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time

    Pros

    SW of England is great.

    Cons

    Strange college structure and Cornwall campus not well connected.


  6. "Penryn Campus - overall unorganised and not well structured"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time

    Pros

    Some of the staff members are lovely.
    Penryn Campus is a lovely location.

    Cons

    The management structure is very unorganised and unhelpful. For example, line-managers are based at the Exeter Campus and don't know the staff members they manage very well at all or understand the job they are undertaking. The structure of teams keeps changing also.


  7. "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.

  8. "IT Technician"

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


  9. "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


  10. "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