University of Glasgow Employee Reviews about "job security"

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  • "Friendly staff and good working environment(in 23 reviews)

  • "Flexible working hours and good pay as well as many benefits such as travel insurance and a very good pension scheme(in 17 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "zero-hour contracts offer no benefits or job security(in 6 reviews)

  • "Usual large institution issue - empire builders/slow to change/bureaucracy/career progression limitations/inflexible recruitment procedures(in 6 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to work with many fond memories

      Aug 3, 2017 - Research Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
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      Pros

      Exciting and dynamic workplace with great ambition

      Cons

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

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Very good working environment

      Aug 11, 2020 - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
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      Pros

      Flexible working hours, staff was looked out for as much as was possible in the higher education constraints

      Cons

      Job security depended on external funding, no chance of further progression in career unless external funding was secured - the usual higher education issues. However, internal support was sometimes hindered and external new staff was hired to boost the recurring REF evaluation

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Senior research Tech position

      Feb 5, 2020 - Senior Research Technician in Glasgow, Scotland
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      Pros

      Flexible working hours, relaxed environment

      Cons

      no long term job security, pay should be higher reflecting skill level.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Contractor, more than 3 years

      Great postdoc experience

      Dec 13, 2019 - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
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      Pros

      good development opportunities, working on Athena Swan goals

      Cons

      no job security, experience in your job is supervisor dependent

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    5. 4.0
      Current Contractor, more than 5 years

      Supportive Research Environment

      Sep 3, 2018 - Guest Lecturer in Glasgow, Scotland
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      Pros

      The city and people of Glasgow are fabulous. The university gives ample opportunity for collaboration with colleagues both within your department and with other departments. There is a freedom to pursue research where it leads.

      Cons

      zero-hour contracts offer no benefits or job security. I held a fair number of small (from 2 week to 3 month) contracts over my years there.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Contractor, more than 5 years

      University Science Researcher

      May 18, 2016 - Researcher in Glasgow, Scotland
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      Pros

      Freedom in terms of start/stop hours, private office, good location near Byres Road, benign neglect from management. Relaxed atmosphere in an academic sense. Good pension scheme.

      Cons

      Little/no job security, no formal skills development, byzantine bureaucracy, entrenched lifers in long-term roles that are resistant to change. Bizarre fascination with Intellectual Property that looks to offload risk to everyone else and capture any profit (direct opposite of what you would hope from a well-funded university!) Very little career progression possible (like most universities).

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