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University of Glasgow Reviews

Updated 13 November 2017
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Pros
  • Generally favourable work-life balance, especially out of term time (in 8 reviews)

  • The campus is very pretty and access to lovely shops in Glasgows trendy west end make lunch hours very pleasant (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • I was told by my line manager that had I not been pregnant my contract would have been renewed (in 3 reviews)

  • Remote location, not to many contacts with the main campus research groups (in 3 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Senior Resident"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time

    Pros

    Excellent part-time work opportunities for Students

    Cons

    Really no cons that I can think of.


  2. "HOSA"

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    Current Employee - HOSA in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - HOSA in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues and a good atmosphere!

    Cons

    Always in crisis mode, and no great support from centre


  3. "Competitive with other research institutions"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, comparable salary to similar roles at other universities. Opportunities to develop within a role. Excellent city to live in.

    Cons

    Not much mentorship if you're on a temporary research only contract. Limited opportunity to be promoted within the University. Very dependent on the relationship you have with your direct line manager which is fine if you get on, less so if you don't.

    Advice to Management

    Consider your temporary contract staff. We would stay if we encouraged more.


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  5. "CDT Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Good working conditions, training opportunities are good

    Cons

    Administration is generally viewed as a chore by most academics and therefore quite a challenge for keeping deadlines


  6. "Working at CEES"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, friendly staff, treated well

    Cons

    Administration, long times to hear back by email

    Advice to Management

    Improve on the administration


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    "HR Recruitment Department"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Recruitment in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The staff immediately make you feel like part of the team. If you have any issues, they are there to help you.
    Additionally, the location is brilliant. Easy access to the city centre and to the West end of Glasgow.
    You are always kept busy!

    Cons

    There is a Limited promotion line. It can take you quite a while to progress from support assistant, to assistant, supervisor then manager.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the brilliant work. The staff work so hard and they truly are the best team to work for.


  8. "Bad management"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Technician in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice location on main campus with lots of shopping and eating options at lunch time. Never needed to work overtime. Lots of staff are nice people, but there are plenty of rogues! Good amount of holidays (28 annual leave + 9 public holiday + 3 days between Xmas and new year)

    Cons

    Inconsistant and unfair recruitment practices, basically recruiting managers are left to their own devices to discriminate and HR don't care about enforcing recruitment standards or policies. No regard to equal pay when setting salaries, particularly for people applying internally, there is no room for negotiation whereas peole externally recruited can negotatiate their salary which leads to unfair discrepancies.

    You will never get a parking permit, despite this being a "benefit" it is completely unavailable to new staff. No flexitime system, flexibility is at the discretion of the line manager, this really should be a defined policy in such a large organisation. I've seen cases where manager's favourites are given much more flexibility than other staff.

    P&DR is a box ticking exercise, the university don't care about your professional progress unless you are a top researcher. I witnessed some victimisation and discrimination in my department, not a nice working environment. I know of many female staff who felt discriminated against, this is a common complaint at this university.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your recruitment practices. Be more aware of the way some managers are treating people and do something about it.


  9. "Great place to work with many fond memories"

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    Former Employee - Research Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Research Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting and dynamic workplace with great ambition

    Cons

    Academic science can be a tough job in terms of job security

    Advice to Management

    Create more middle-management jobs


  10. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time

    Pros

    What a great establishment the University of Glasgow is.

    Cons

    Slightly disorganised and a bit of a bubble.

    Advice to Management

    Improve organisation


  11. "Lovely university but appalling treatment of female employees"

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

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some lovely people and the university has a great environment. The students are fab and the administrative staff are brilliant.

    Cons

    The management and treatment of employees is appalling. I was left unemployed as a result of pregnancy because of loop holes in my contract. I was told by my line manager that had I not been pregnant my contract would have been renewed. This is sex discrimination but nobody at UoG cared.

    Advice to Management

    Try treating employees as human beings instead of robots in a production line


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