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University of Leicester Reviews

Updated 9 October 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours - I am often able to fit a 7 hour day between the hours of 7am and 9pm which is good for when I have other commitments (in 8 reviews)

  • Provides excellent training, a considerate working environment that provides equal opportunities for all (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management team is exceptionally poor (in 4 reviews)

  • Lack of job stability - hard to get job made permanent due to nature of work (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "A potential centre for excellence for research (various)!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Leicester, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Going back up the rankings for research
    - Senior researchers need more support in trying to advertise and obtain more funding.

    Cons

    - Focus on teaching, but have to treat students as customers i.e. they are never wrong. Can be a little more selective and ask more of the students - they are capable.

    Advice to Management

    HR, IT management, purchasing can be vastly simplified and streamlined. At a time when research funding is squeezed, researchers must be able to get the most out of their grants, not having to buy a computer at twice the price through the IT dept for example.

    University of Leicester Response

    12 Aug 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Your comments are duly noted. Speaking on behalf of HR I can confirm that we are continually reviewing our processes with the aim of improving efficiency and service quality for a range of users.


  2. "A bit too provincial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of colleagues - academics, researchers and support staff
    Interesting and relevant work
    Flexible hours and good benefits

    Cons

    Ugly campus with Brutalist architecture
    Pay grades too inflexible, not enough meritocracy
    Too insular, prefers to hire locals even if out-of-towners better, more experienced

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to individuality, don't be afraid to hire candidates with experience outside confines of East Midlands

    University of Leicester Response

    12 Aug 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Thanks for your post...This got me thinking, 'What proportion of University staff are Non-British nationals?' The answer is nearly 20%, with a total of 79 nationalities represented.


  3. "Easy work, good pay, few hours."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Leicester, England
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Leicester part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really great way of getting sales/people skills. Have to be able to easily approach and talk to people knowledgeably and confidently. Pay was good. Fun meeting prospective students.

    Cons

    Few hours, needed another job to sub it.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really.

    University of Leicester Response

    12 Aug 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Personal development and fun - sounds like the perfect job! Thanks for your review.


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  5. "Residential Adviser"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Residential Advisor in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - Residential Advisor in Leicester, England

    I have been working at University of Leicester part-time

    Pros

    The pay is great. The job is not too challenging.

    Cons

    Some residents can be a pain to deal with, but you get all the help necessary.

    University of Leicester Response

    12 Aug 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Glad to hear that you get the support you need in your role. Thanks for your post!


  6. "Medical Statistician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great focus on progressing

    Cons

    A bit boring at times

    Advice to Management

    nothing

    University of Leicester Response

    12 Aug 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Thanks for your review. Not sure if this is the exact context you mean, but we certainly pride ourselves on the training programmes that are available to our staff.


  7. "Working at Leicester University"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good salary, possibility to work off-campus, emphasis on research, collegiality

    Cons

    increasing emphasis on funding capture and student satisfaction

    University of Leicester Response

    12 Aug 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Your review neatly sums up some of the benefits of working at the university: appropriate remuneration; flexible working; friendly, collaborative working relationships. Thank-you.


  8. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment to work in, with easy going and supportive staff.
    Students are enthusiastic and want to learn.

    Cons

    Set hours so you cannot do more/less. Occasional bad behaved student, but generally good overall.

    Advice to Management

    Management is already doing a good job, just continue what you are doing. I enjoyed my time here.

    University of Leicester Response

    12 Aug 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Thanks for your five star feedback!


  9. "Student ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, work when you want, get to meet lots of great people and the chance to develop communication skills. Lots of different training and roles that you can try, lunch allowance

    Cons

    Not really too many, but the lunch allowance is not always that flexible on where you can use it


  10. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time

    Pros

    PhD life is great. Similar to undergraduate study, only this time you get paid for it. Hours are more flexible than any other job, as is the holiday rota. Also get paid a bit of pocket money for taking seminars for undergraduates

    Cons

    Just make sure you really really want to study the subject you are applying to. If you don't, it's a very long three or four years, and it can get very depressing when you are stuck on the same topic, whilst you slowly narrow your skill set. If you think your PhD is leading you to something specific, then great! But don't do it a chance to put off applying to other things!

    Advice to Management

    University is a lot more bureaucratic than you realise at undergraduate level. It IS a business, therefore, there are middle managers bearing down on you, inventing targets and goals, when they don't actually know what they are talking about. Its a wonder how they managed to invent a job for themselves


  11. "Good learning"

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    Former Employee - Developer in Leicester, England
    Former Employee - Developer in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Leicester (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible timing, learnt alot and helped kickstarting my career in IT industry

    Cons

    Wasnt paid well for the internship

    Advice to Management

    Better pay


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