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University of Glasgow Reviews

Updated 12 January 2019
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  • "There are no cons in particular" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Very little career progression possible (like most universities)" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time

    Pros

    a very fun and sociable environment

    Cons

    A very difficult and challenging degree


  2. "Bicycle Mechanic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Glasgow part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and good pay as well as many benefits such as travel insurance and a very good pension scheme.

    Cons

    No cons experienced so far.

  3. "Very good employer overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility and freedom in terms of the times and your scheduling

    Cons

    No downsides really, maybe the salaries.


  4. "PhD Student"

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

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to guide research, possibility to gain teaching experience

    Cons

    Building work can mean new employees can be moved around a lot


  5. "Good Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time

    Pros

    Good career development, Helpful management and HR

    Cons

    Sometimes it can take a while for things to be done.


  6. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Wonderful place for PhD in Engineering

    Cons

    PhD work is challenging but rewarding


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid if possible"

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    Current Employee - Academic in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Academic in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many good colleagues and students over the years.

    Cons

    Aggressive micromanagement culture, be prepared to work at least 6 days per week if you are an academic, very low investment in staff, now run like a private company, culture summed up well by professor colleague (in 2018) as, 'greedy and arrogant'.

    Advice to Management

    A serious rethink is needed

  8. "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - location
    - management tries their best

    Cons

    - team culture; if you don't fit in you may feel bullied!
    - unauthentic niceness
    - processes are too lengthy
    - flat structure; progression is not there


  9. "great"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a good job

    Cons

    Low pay as compare to market

    Advice to Management

    Need better administration


  10. "Overall good employer, but depends on the department and your personality"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits - security/salary/gym/proximity to west end

    Cons

    Usual large institution issue - empire builders/slow to change/bureaucracy/career progression limitations/inflexible recruitment procedures

    Advice to Management

    Focus on delivering actual personal development for staff, rather than ticking boxes. When recruiting, look at potential as well as past achievements.